Jingle Bell Run returns to Glendale for its third year

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Official Jingle Bell 5k website w/ permission

Carolers and little helpers pose for a photo. Jingle Bell Run 5k took place in Dec 7, 2013.

Iren Harutyunyan, Website Editor

Tie jingle bells on your shoelaces! The annual Jingle Bell Run is coming to Glendale Dec. 14 near the Alex Theater, with the purpose of raising awareness for research and treatment for arthritis.

According to the official Jingle Bell run website, this race is fun for the participators and is very effective for the cause. The run/walk happens every year and it spreads the word about this serious and painful disorder that strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children.

“It is a terrific holiday-themed, family-friendly event with exercise, food, music and merriment,” said Carlie Wilhite, a staff member with the organization. Participants are expected to wear holiday and festive clothing to promote the holidays and the disorder. Even though $114,447 was collected last year, the goal still remains at $150,000.

It is a terrific holiday-themed, family-friendly event with exercise, food, music and merriment”

— Carlie Wilhite

The 2014 honorees include Theo Sturm and Jennifer Bachman, both whom have arthritis; and doctors Noune Pashinian and George Tang.

“People dress up in all sorts of holiday outfits and we provide bells for shoelaces so everyone jingles their way through the walk,” Carlie said. “We also have Christmas carolers singing on the route.”

If interested, go to lajbr.org for more information and to sign up to help.