Jingle Bell Run Spreads Holiday Cheer Across Fargo

Runners strapped on their best Christmas sweaters for the Jingle Bell Run in Fargo kicking off the holiday season.

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run brought together many walks of life.

People could either complete a 5K or a one mile walk or run starting at Courts Plus Fitness Center.

“The atmosphere is just jolly, fun, I’m excited to be here early on a Saturday morning, but still lots of smiles and cheer,” said Arthritis Foundation Development Manager, Britt Ingersoll.

All proceeds go to the North Dakota Arthritis Foundation to help fund camps for juvenile arthritis, better living tool kits for adults and power packs for children.

“I didn’t know that little kids can get them as well and that’s something new that I’ve learned this week and I’m very supportive of this program,” said Miss North Dakota 2016, Raquel Wellentin.

Some runners dressed up in their favorite holiday costumes, like ugly Christmas sweaters or jingle bells tied to their sneakers.

“We do have a dress code! As much holiday spirit as you can fit on yourself and we do have pets coming too and so they get to dress up their pet as well,” said Ingersoll.

Runners even explained how much time and effort they put into training for this.

“Just getting out every day on the track and on the treadmill and out in the cold and just working hard,” said First Place Winner, Adam Pangrac.

“You know it’s a full time year getting everything ready but we have wonderful sponsors that come in year and year and help us make this work,” said Ingersoll.

Despite the chilly temperatures, members of the community say the run was worth getting out of bed.

“All of the holiday spirit and all of the community effort that goes off to pull off an event like this just warms your heart and your spirit,” said Ingersoll.

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