It was only the second day in December, and holiday spirit already filled the air at the Jingle Bell Run/Walk in Portland. The Arthritis Foundation hosted its annual 5k run/walk downtown in the Rose City. Thousands of people were decked out in holiday attire, including elf shoes, ugly Christmas sweaters and reindeer costumes.
The event organizers held four additional competitions along with the run, creating many opportunities for participants to win prizes. My favorite was the ugliest Christmas sweater contest because no one held back with their creations. People sewed on Santa faces, trees, bells, and even Christmas lights to their sweaters. The participants really took pride in their sweaters, each having its own unique quality.
The runners gathered at the starting line around 9 a.m. and the turnout was fantastic! It was really incredible to see just how many people showed up to support such a great cause. I'm happy to report that there were no Scrooges at the Jingle Bell Run, only friendly folks who were ready to run and spread holiday cheer. This was a great way to kick off the holiday season, and it’s a great reminder why this is the most wonderful time of the year. Thanks to those who came out!
We'll continue to spread holiday cheer this weekend, back in Seattle, at the Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights exhibit. We hope to see you there!