Early on the morning of December 3, 2016, 16 RRT volunteers made their way to the Courts Plus Fitness Center to Support the Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Walk Run Event.  The Arthritis Foundation works hard and devotes a lot of time for fundraising to find a cure for arthritis.  Nearly 40 million persons in the United States are affected by arthritis, including over a quarter million children.  Some of these people participated in this event and shared their stories with us of how the foundation has helped them cope with this disease.  About 350 people participated in this event.  The event started at 9:00.  The temperature was around 30 degrees with a slight breeze.  This made the hot cocoa served by RRT a big hit.

Runners Starting the Race in The Cold

There were many participants of all ages.  They dressed up with holiday cheer as elves to Santa and everything in between.  The route was 5K and some walked and others ran.  RRT set up at the halfway point to serve snacks, provide water bottles and serve hot cocoa.

Runners Approaching the RRT Stand

 

Serving Hot Chocolate to Participants

RRT worked with the local authorities to help the runners navigate the course safely by providing traffic control.  With the route weaving through residential neighborhoods and crossing several busy roadways, this was a necessary task.  RRT helped pull off the event with no accidents and everyone completing the course safely.

RRT Safely Helping Participants Cross the Road

When the runners completed the course, they all assembled in one of the gymnasiums at Courts Plus.  A complimentary meal was served.  RRT supported by providing water bottles, snacks, granola bars, and again the signature HOT COCOA and CAPPUCCINO!

Serving a Meal After the Race

People living with arthritis then gave short testimonials and told how they cope with arthritis.   RRT helped the event coordinators clean up the event.   Everyone had a lot of fun and RRT was able to support a great cause.  Thanks to everyone who took part.  This event exceeded its goal of $36,000 by raising an incredible $44,300 to continue the fight to find a cure for America’s #1 cause of disability!

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