Seattle Jingle Bell Run 2010 is approaching fast.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Every December for the past 4 years I have participated in the Seattle Jingle Bell Run to support The Arthritis Foundation’s mission to prevent, control and cure arthritis.

Beyond the fact that I am personally afflicted and hope for better treatment options for myself, I am also fully aware that it affects more than 46 million Americans, including 300,000 children, costing the U.S economy over $128 billion annually. Yes, indeed - billions of dollars as one of the nation's most common causes of disability.

I've raised a respectable amount of money in the past, but I truly get the most joy out of the ritual it has become. The Madre will come pick my inevitably grumpy ass up and drop me off in downtown Seattle, where I lace on my bells (alone or with friends) and get my cold butt as quickly to the finish line as I can manage so I can go inside somewhere for breakfast and mimosas. I always smile when the carols start, sometimes I get a little teary, but I always have fun.

If you like to run, please consider joining me this year as one of those crazy people who gets up too early in the cold on a Sunday morning (we can celebrate with mimosas!) You can register here:

If you don't like to run and aren't slightly insane and maybe have a few bucks to spare for a really great cause, please consider helping me with my fundraising here:

If neither are possible for you this year, I'd still love to have your support in spirit! It's freakin' chilly out there.


Maria Christensen said...

My spirit is utterly, totally and completely with you. :)

Alyson O'Holic said...

Thanks Maria! :D You've always been my Jingle buddy since that first year and I appreciate it greatly.

Anonymous said...

this is most awesome. I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful time

Alyson O'Holic said...

I have slacked SO HARD on training since my last run. Please pray for me. ;)

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