Last weekend, the Arthritis Foundation of San Diego hosted its annual Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis at Balboa Park. I joined the company of hundreds of runners as we dashed (in the rain) for a great cause! The event featured guests from local media channels as well as prominent sponsors in the health / fitness industry including UC San Diego Health and Massage Envy.
We started with a warm-up hosted by Santa and his little helpers, then waited anxiously for the race to start. The run was just a 5K (approx. 3.1 miles) but included some hills and a steady incline during the second half of the course. All the festive costumes were fun to look at, especially one particular group of gals that dressed up as reindeer lead by Mrs. Claus. The Jingle Bell Run wouldn’t be complete without bells and there were hundreds of them! During the run, I could hear the bells jingling to the runners’ strides; it was quite an experience. The organizers were going for a world record by registering the number of bells on each participant at the event, and were generous enough to have extras to hand to those that didn’t have any.
I completed my run in 27 minutes, averaging 9 minutes per mile, a good PR given the fact that I hardly trained for it. Out of the handful of runs I’ve participated in, this run was special because it was my first time actually earning a medal! And what’s great about this medal is that it also doubles as an ornament. I’ll be sure to hang it on my Christmas tree. 🙂
Post-run festivities included: a cookie decorating tent, costume contest, Cheer garden (for the 21yrs.+ members to sample beer), and festive music. I had lots of fun at this run and look forward to participating again. Altogether, our San Diego community raised $83,866 to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Nationally, the Jingle Bell Runs across America raised a whopping total of $7,755,150! 🙂
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