2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk®
Meritex Enterprises, Lenexa KS
Sunday, December 15th, 9:00am
Thank you for celebrating our 25th anniversary by participating in the 2013 Jingle Bell Run! Almost 1,700 people jingled through our underground oasis, and we raised more than $100,000 for the Arthritis Foundation - both record-highs here in Kansas City. Thanks again!
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Be part of the largest holiday 5K race series aimed to fight arthritis!
No holiday run is quite like this one! Get out of the frigid December chill and run UNDERGROUND at the Jingle Bell Run! This timed 5K run/walk takes place at the Meritex Executive Park in Lenexa, KS, where the average temperature is a balmy 68 degrees! And since this is the 25th anniversary of the Jingle Bell Run, it will be the biggest and best in Kansas City history! We’ll have Christmas carolers, kid-friendly mascots, raucous holiday music, festive décor, costumes aplenty, and more. Special guests include jugglers, magicians – and Santa Claus, of course, who will be jingling along in a pair of running shorts! All participants receive a long-sleeved T-shirt, a Jingle Bell necklace, free food and drinks, and more holiday cheer than they can fit in a stocking! It’s the perfect holiday event for the whole family, with affordable pricing and a flat, paved course.
Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others!
Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to fight arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving.
Want your team name listed on every Jingle Bell Run shirt?!? Here's your chance! Join our new "2K Club" by forming a fundraising team that raises $2,000 or more. All teams that achieve "2K Club" status by November 25 will be listed on more than 1,500 Jingle Bell Run shirts!
Meet Coah Powell
Jingle Bell Run Youth Honoree
Residence: Overland Park, KS
More than anything, Coah Powell wants to blend in. He wants to be a kid. To hang out with his buddies. To play baseball, lacrosse, basketball. And to do it without pain, like all the other kids his age. That’s not easy for Coah, who lives in Overland Park with his family. Coah, 12, was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis in 2012 after a lifetime of pain. “Ever since Coach was able to communicate, he talked about his feet hurting,” says Coah’s mom, Stephanie Terry. “I remember him looking at me once and saying, ‘I’m never gonna not hurt, am I?’” Oh, but look at him now. Coah is in a much better place these days. His arthritis is under control, and he has less pain than he’s had in years. He’s playing baseball, basketball, lacrosse – and running 3.1 miles in the Jingle Bell Run as this year’s Honoree!
Meet Dr. Jack Carlisle
Jingle Bell Run Medical Honoree
Residence: Overland Park, KS
Practice: Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic
Every day of every week, Dr. Jack Carlisle sees how incapacitating arthritis is. In the field of Orthopedics – where Dr. Carlisle is an Orthopedic Surgeon at the Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic – few conditions and diseases are treated more often than arthritis. “I know how debilitating this can be,” Dr. Carlisle says. “So I’m happy to help this cause.” Which is why Dr. Carlisle – who lives in Overland Park with his wife, Jennifer, and their three kids, who range in age from 3 to 7 – is this year’s Medical Honoree for the Jingle Bell Run. Team members at Kansas City Bone & Joint Clinic are avid supporters and sponsors of the Jingle Bell Run, and doctors at the clinic donate their time and expertise at various “Arthritis 101” educational programs, which are put on by the Arthritis Foundation and free to the public. This cause and this organization is particularly meaningful to Dr. Carlisle because both of his parents suffer from osteoarthritis in their knees. “Having trained with some of the world experts on joint preservation,” Dr. Carlisle says, “it is important to me to continue to find ways to contribute to arthritis research – either directly or indirectly – so we can find alternatives to managing the disorder beyond joint replacement surgery.” Thank you, Dr. Carlisle, for your commitment to fighting this disease!
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For more information on how to qualify for our 2013 fundraising incentives, please contact your Jingle Bell Run event director listed below.
Spring Break – DC style!
Raise money for Jingle Bell Run and we’ll help you attend the 2014 Advocacy Summit! Here’s your chance to visit Washington DC, March 24 – 26th 2014, and meet with your legislators! Click “here
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