event recap: 2015 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis – #Cleveland

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!

JBR 2015 cleveland hill

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!

JBR 2015 Orville

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.

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GIVEAWAY: 2015 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis – Cleveland

Yesterday — thanks to a Browns bye week — Hans and I enjoyed a very leisurely Sunday afternoon meandering around some East side shopping centers.  A large chunk of the afternoon was spent at Legacy Village, which made me excited for my favorite end-of-the-year fitness event: the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis – Cleveland.

gopher a run start of race small version

I had the complete joy of planning this 5K run/walk event the first two years (bucket list item check!) in returned to the Northeastern Ohio area, and participated in the event last year with our team, Team Grinch Paws. Five adults, one baby and a dog — we were quite the well represented group of runners, walkers and strollers!

jingle bell run 2014

{Photo ℅ Orville McEachron Photography — check out all 400+ photos from last year’s race over at his Facebook page.}

This year’s event — taking place on Sunday, December 13th at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst — features:

  • a chip-timed 5K run starting at 9am (this ain’t no pancake course — the rolling hills of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness campus make this a fun one!)
  • a 1 mile Family Fun Run option starting at 9:05am
  • Health & Wellness Expo Area (located in the brand new L.L. Bean store!) — open at 8am
  • Super Star VIP Area Opens (for teams raising $3,500 or more and individuals raising $750 or more)
  • Post event bash upon runners/walkers return in Health & Wellness Expo including enter-to-win prizes

Register for the December 13th race today at jbr.org/cleveland — or enter to win up to two race entries here on the blog this week. Submit your entries by this Friday at the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

…a winner will be selected Saturday morning!

Want to donate to the Arthritis Foundation? You can click over to the race websiteWant to stay in the know for 2015?  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 a race entry to this December 13th event. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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GIVEAWAY: 2015 Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies

Memorial Day is past , so we look to find excitement in the next summer holiday of the Fourth of July. Parma residents used to look forward to the annual fireworks at Tri-C West, but now we look to a new tradition:

2015 Logo

The Fifth Annual Run/Walk for Pierogies will take place at Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus on Sunday, July 5, 2015. Features this year again include:

  • The 5k run is  chip timed and part of the Hermes Road Race Series.
  • Register 3 or more from the same address for $50 (limit 3 t-shirts/goodie bags).
  • Extra shirts may be purchased for $10. (Only available via the mail-in option.)

I also love how this year’s race is benefitting some many local charities:

  • The Cuyahoga County Community College Scholarship Fund
  • Parma Girl Scouts
  • All Faiths Pantry
  • Parma Animal Shelter
  • American Cancer Society Parma Area Relay for Life

Day of race registration and packet pick up starts at 7:00AM. The 5K starts at 8:30 and the one mile option starts at 8:35AM. Afterwards you get to eat Parma’s finest pierogies from the race’s pierogi sponsor, Perla’s Homemade Delights — plus many other food options from many other kind local donors. Can’t beat the array of post workout fuel!

Pierogi Run 2014 Start

Online in-advance race registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children (prices increase on race day). You have until Friday, July 3 at 9AM to register online for the race… or you can enter to win a race entry to the July 5th race here on the blog! Enter at the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The fine print: You have until THIS SUNDAY, June 14th at 11:59PM to enter this giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget. A winner will be announced the next morning, probably on the Poise in Parma Facebook page. As this is a local event taking place in the Greater Cleveland area, I highly encourage entries by those that can attend the event on Sunday 7/5/15 — or pass along their prize to a friend who can. 

Follow the Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies on Facebook and register for the race today online at the Hermes Road Racing site

Disclosure: Both images ℅ the race organizers. Being unable to attend this year’s race, I offered to run a giveaway for the 2015 Parma Run/Walk for Pierogies. The race organizers accepted, providing a race entry as a reader giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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