Jingle Bell Walk And Run For Arthritis Foundation

By KBJR News 1

December 1, 2012 Updated Dec 1, 2012 at 9:34 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Hundreds of people tied jingle bells to their shoe laces and spent the morning outdoors walking and running to raise money for Arthritis.

The sixth annual Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell walk and run kicked off at 9:00 A.M. at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth.

More than 500 people took part and organizers say this year's turn out is the best they've ever seen.

They hoped to raise 25 thousand dollars.

Attendees were encouraged to wear a holiday themed garb and prizes were awarded for the best costume and team spirit.

"We raise money here today and it will go directly back into the Duluth community and serve those who are living with arthritis," Liz Truax, an Arthritis Foundation Community Manager, said.

"I went as Cindy Lou Who. And I Picked it up for the last three months. Last night I put the fur on it and thought we'd just give it a go. I knew I wasn't going to win the race running, so I was hoping to do something with the costume," a 5K participant said.

The top three male and female finishers also received prizes.

Justin Reis, NNC. jreis@northlandsnewscenter.com