Jingle-Bell-Run Breaks Record

By WEEK Producer

November 14, 2010 Updated Nov 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM CDT

It took them more than two decades to do it, but organizers of today's annual Jingle-Bell-Run for Arthritis in Normal broke their long-time record of 2,000 participants.

The run kicked off around 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Heartland Community College.

Organizer, Tara Braucht, says to boost this year's interest, they worked on spreading awareness about the disease's effect on young children.

"A lot of people just think of it as, you know, our grandparents have arthritis and that sort of thing, but it really affects everyone. Over 300,000 children have arthritis, which a lot of people don't know. So we're really trying to educate people that kids do get arthritis too."

This year's Jingle-Bell-Run-route stretched down Raab Road, and around the Cornbelters' Stadium before heading back to Heartland's campus.

Organizers say the run/walk had 1,800 participants and raised $93,000 and still counting.

The goal is $100,000 and they are still accepting donations online at www.jinglebellbloomington.com.

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