Don't you just love a holiday-inspired racing event? I do!
There's just something festive about getting dressed in bright colors and/or festive costumes and pinning on a race bib.
The Jingle Bell Run 5K
is actually a national event with numerous local venues across the United States. Affiliated with the Arthritis Foundation, all proceeds from the various events benefit those afflicted with arthritis as well as provide funds to enhance research efforts. This particular event took place on Saturday, December 1st, in Des Moines, Iowa (an hour from my hometown of Grinnell). For more information, you can check out the Arthritis Foundation website HERE
to find a race near you or to make a donation.
You may remember that I ran this race last year (recap HERE
). This year's race day experience was nothing like last year's (except for the fact that it was on the same course). Last year, it was a new event for me, run on a beautiful day with oodles of sunshine and pleasant temps. This year, Momma N turned on us...and decided she wasn't gonna play nice.