Spokane Jingle Bell Run: A Running Start to the Holiday Season

'Twas the Day of the Jingle Bell Run

'Twas early in the morning, when all through Spokane,
Not a creature was stirring, except the WALLY1 van.
We were hoping to spot, in the chilly morning air,
Jingle Bell runners, in costumes adorned with much care.
The PBA team was bundled up toasty and warm,
Hoping to spot NW Profiles (around here, they're the norm).
With Steven in his gloves, and Brad in his hat,
We prepared to meet the racers as they finished their last lap.
When down in the park there arose such a clatter,
We sprang from our booth to see what was the matter.
Off to the start line we flew like a flash,
With cameras in hand we were off with a dash.
The sun was just breaking over frost-covered streets,
As the pitter-patter grew louder of sneaker-clad feet.
When, what to our wondering eyes should appear,
But 1,000 runners, dressed in their most festive gear!

Last weekend Brad, Steven and I trekked over a snow-covered Snoqualmie pass to Spokane for the ninth annual Jingle Bell Run. The run benefits the Arthritis Foundation, which is the leading health organization in the United States for arthritis. Roughly 46 million people in America live with this painful condition, and it's the hope that through charitable events such as this, the foundation can help those living with Arthritis lead healthy and full lives.

The run encourages participants to kick-off the holiday season in style with a wide range of creative holiday costumes. We spotted Rudolph-red noses, Santa's elves, Christmas trees -- even a turkey baster in honor of Thanksgiving! These runners sure know how to bring the holiday spirit to Spokane. Check out some of the best costumes of the day:
 

Santa Claus and Ms. Clause surprise visit

Mr. and Mrs. Claus gave the runners a surprise visit


Christmas Tree and Snowman
 

Frosty the Snowman knows how to stay warm in the cold weather


 

butterball, turkeys, caned soup, icicles

An entire Thanksgiving feast completed the run, butterball and all!


 

Start line with mom and daughter

Even Santa's littlest helpers were ready to run

It was truly inspiring to see so many people brave the early morning cold for such a worthy cause, and we had a great time being a part of it. Be sure to catch us this coming Saturday, Nov. 28 for another memorable holiday tradition, the Westlake Center Tree Lighting!
 

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