There’s a saying around these parts: if don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. Or in the case of the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis – Cleveland, a year or two. We woke up this past Sunday morning to find our December day in Northeastern Ohio was quite balmy — in the upper 60s — making for quite the fun morning out at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst to support the Arthritis Foundation at their annual 5K run/walk.
If you’ve been around this blog awhile, you know I used to work for the local office of the Arthritis Foundation and even organized this race during the first two years of its return in 2012 and in 2013. 2013 was especially memorable as the temperature hovered around the 20 degree mark that morning. So this year, it felt almost bizarre to be about Legacy Village — fully decked out with holiday decorations — in a light weight Arthritis Foundation fleece and a “run Ohio” tee. No hat, scarf, gloves or hand warmers needed this year!
Before the race began, we arrived to meander around, run into familiar faces (including the team from CrossFit Saol — great to see Sean and Alison again), make some purchases at the new L.L. Bean location (which also housed the race expo and day-of registration and packet pick up) and prepped for another round around the Jingle Bell Run course.
Ready… set… go! Click on over to my Instagram to see video from the start of the race — since it won’t embed from the site correctly here. #ARGH
Just like that time we all ran the Cleveland Marathon races together back in 2013, we had three very different race plans:
- My brother, who’s known to be quite speedy, was ready to give the 5K course his all with a legitimate run at a 6:35 per mile pace. (Seriously — I’m pretty sure he’s part cheetah.)
- As I had a 10am yoga class to teach just down the road, I gave myself the opportunity to leisurely walk as much of the course as I had time for before having to depart for the studio.
- And then there was Hans and Grady who went with the “sprint-a-bit, walk-a-bit” plan. They seemed to have a good time!
While on the course, we ran into (luckily not literally) photographer friend Orville from Orville McEachron Photography. Orville has been a great friend of the Arthritis Foundation for a few years now since he first offered to snap some shots at a Silver Spoon Awards Party ticket kickoff party. I always love to see what he captures from various events around town! Keep an eye on his Facebook page for photos from this year’s Jingle Bell Run!
LONG STORY SHORT: Drew ended up running the 5K in 20:26, placing him 2nd in his age group. Nice work, bro! While Drew went home with a medal, Hans went home with a new L.L. Bean water bottle, Grady went home getting away with not wearing his reindeer antlers and I went to the yoga studio with a smile on my face after another fun opportunity to support a cause near and dear to my heart and soul.
You can still donate to the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run: Click over to the race website to support the event with your donation — and thank you for doing so! Want to stay in the know for next year’s race? Keep up to date with all the CLE Jingle Bell Run/Walk happenings by following its Twitter handle at @JingleBellCLE.
Disclosure: I am a former employee of the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio. In sharing info and running a giveaway, I was offered race entries to this December 13th event. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.