Spokane’s 7th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation will take place on November 16, 2013, starting and finishing in the Gondola Meadow in Riverfront Park. It is the largest holiday themed event of its kind in the nation. Many participants sport holiday themed costumes (there’s a costume contest component if you’re feeling competitive), or bells on their running shoes, and there’s a No-Li Brewhouse sponsored “Holiday Cheer Garden” to add to the post-run/walk festivities.

The event has developed quite a local following, with over 3,000 people expected to participate this year, which will help raise over $100,000 to fund research programs aimed at finding a cure and providing support for the estimated 67 million American adults who have diagnosed arthritis. The festive, philanthropic event includes a 5k Run, 5K Walk and 1K Children’s Run with the Elves. Participants can also expect giveaways from featured sponsors, food samples, live music and kid’s activities.

Event registration includes a t-shirt and is available online through Nov. 10, and then again on Friday the 15th, as well as the morning of the event. Details at: www.spokanejinglebellrun.org