US – Des Moines Jingle Bell Run / Walk on December 12, 2015

On Saturday, December 12th, 2015, the Arthritis Foundation held a 5k run/walk at the Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeon facility. The Arthritis Foundation’s mission is to find a cure for arthritis. About 53 million adults and 300,000 children suffer from arthritis in the US alone. Funds generated from fundraising events go to research for finding the cure for arthritis.

The walkers crossing the start line

The walkers crossing the start line

The RRT arrived at the DMOS facility at about 6:30am to assist in setting up for the pancake brunch being held after the race. With all the volunteers’ help, within record time, the waiting room of the DMOS facility was transformed into a festive atmosphere. Then, the RRT & Kohl’s volunteers were transported to their stations along the 5k course.  Their job was to help block traffic (the course was along a busy street) and to make sure everyone followed the route.

Volunteers marshalling walkers along the course

Volunteers marshalling walkers along the course

The start of the race

The start of the race

At 9am sharp, the air horn went off signalling the start of the race and the 350 brightly dressed runners took off. This race was not for the faint of heart as it was raining and about 38 degrees F.! All walks of life participated – from children to elderly people to a barefoot runner to mums pushing strollers. The Grinch, Santa Claus and various other Christmas themed characters participated. Everyone was very eager and happy to support the Arthritis Foundation.

Chris Cakes’ Pancake Dispenser

Chris Cakes’ Pancake Dispenser

First place went to Justin Helbing who ran the 5k in 16:01! After the race was over, a pancake brunch was served to all participants. Chris Cakes made the pancakes with their special, one-of-a-kind pancake dispensing machine.

A pancake brunch was served to all the participants

A pancake brunch was served to all the participants

All in all, it was a successful day. The Arthritis Foundation raised about $40,000.

Some of the RRT Volunteers from Des Moines, Iowa

Some of the RRT Volunteers from Des Moines, Iowa

Both Steven Brill (Special Events Director) and Corrine Grace (Community Engagement Director) were very thankful for the help of the volunteers.

Steven Brill – “My sincerest thanks to you and RRT for the generous gift of your time.”

An email from Corrine Grace & Steven Brill – “Thank you so much for your volunteer support during our Jingle Bell Run event in Des Moines on Saturday, December 12, 2015.  Our event was a huge success thanks to dedicated volunteers like you! We were able to raise over $40,000 so far, with matching funds and a few additional donations trickling in. Hopefully when all is counted, we will reach over $42,000. We appreciate your support of the Arthritis Foundation and its mission to create a world free of arthritis.  More than 564,000 Iowans, including 2,800 children, that suffer from arthritis will benefit from your hard work and dedication.”

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