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New 10K Route Added to 24th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk
Ashley Frankel

New 10K Route Added to 24th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk

New 10K Route Added to 24th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk

November 12, 2012 | 08:40 AM

3,500 people are expected to take part in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis presented by OrthoIndy on Saturday, December 8th at Banker's Life Fieldhouse. The event is also on track to raise more than $165,000 for arthritis research and education.

New this year – a 10K route as well as long sleeve technical tees for the first 1,000 people to register for them.

Day of registration begins at 7:00 a.m. – as does judging for the annual costume contest. The 10K run will begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the 5K start at 9:25 a.m. A free Santa Chase for kids is set to begin at 10:00 a.m.

Registration is $30 for adults and $20 for kids 12 and younger. Online registration closes on December 5th. Day of registration is $35 for adults and $25 for kids. Registration includes jingle bells and a long-sleeve cotton tee. Packet pick-up will take place Thursday, December 6th from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Banker's Life Fieldhouse.

This year's Jingle Bell Run features a pair of honorees. 9-year old Ashley Frankel was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was two years old. The Noblesville third-grader has arthritis in five of her joints and must endure daily injections to prevent permanent joint damage. Ashley sometimes has trouble doing even the simplest tasks like holding a crayon. But through recent advances in medicine, she is able to play with friends and

take dance lessons. Deb Kelleher spent 20 years working for the Arthritis Foundation's Cincinnati Chapter - many of them as the chapter's Executive Director. But when the 54-year old Carmel resident first recognized the symptoms of her own arthritis, she ignored them. Ten years later when she was diagnosed, doctors had to perform bi-lateral hip and knee replacements because her joints were so badly damaged.

This year's presenting sponsor is OrthoIndy. Other Jingle Bell Run/Walk sponsors include: Abbott Immunology, CNO Financial Group, Kroger, United Healthcare, Orthoventure, Genentech and Indiana Orthopedic Hospital.

Arthritis is the nation's leading cause of disability. Nearly 1.4 million adults and 6,400 children in Indiana live with the disease. There is currently no known cure. For more about the 2012 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis visit www.indyjinglebellrun.com.

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