Jingle Bell Run/Walk set for Sunday at Heartland

Jingle Bell Run/Walk set for Sunday at Heartland

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Mike Bucher of Urbana, a math teacher at Heartland Community College in Normal, prepares to run with his dog, Denver, in the 24th Annual Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis, starting at Heartland Community College Sunday afternoon, Nov. 13, 2011. The 26th annual outing will be Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at the Heartland campus. (The Pantagraph/LORI ANN COOK-NEISLER)

NORMAL — The 26th annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will be Sunday beginning at the Heartland Community College Fitness and Recreation Center, 1500 Raab Road.

The annual holiday-themed event raises money for arthritis research and for programs and services to assist people with arthritis. Arthritis is a leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting 50 million Americans.

Registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by a Santa Sprint for children ages 5 and younger at 11:30 a.m., a holiday-themed costume contest at 12:15 p.m., a five-kilometer run/walk at 1 p.m., a one-mile walk at 1:15 p.m. and lunch and prizes at 2 p.m.

Race-day registration is $40. For children 12 and under who are not being timed, registration is $15.

Last year, nearly 2,000 people participated and about $90,000 was raised. This year’s goal is $127,400.

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