• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
33s

Runners and walkers brave snow to battle arthritis

By Shannon Ballard 10:47 AM December 15, 2013

Annual holiday themed run focuses on awareness and money for research

ANCHORAGE- Hundreds of Anchorage runners and walkers braved the snow Saturday for the Jingle Bell Run.

Runners said it’s a fun way to kick-off the holidays by helping others.

More than 500 people signed up to participate; twice as many as past years. Besides dressing up, getting some exercise and having a good time, runners were raising awareness and money for arthritis research. Event organizers said more than 47 million people in the US, including 800 children in Alaska, live with the disease.

“I had friends and family with arthritis and know how debilitating it can be,” runner Kate Nixon said.

The goal for the event was to raise $43,000 for arthritis research.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Bean’s Cafe soup road show back in Anchorage

    by Heather Hintze on Jan 28, 19:00

    There’s a soup showdown in town, a bean brawl to see which of Bean’s Café’s four flavors is a favorite for 2015. “Some people really get into it,” said marketing outreach coordinator Laura Nelson. “This is our second year doing this, and people really enjoy trying them. They like to talk to their friends about […]

  • News

    Walmart stocks shelves with Alaskan seafood

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 28, 18:51

    A retail giant is now offering a wider selection of Alaskan seafood products. Walmart originally planned to stop selling Alaskan salmon, because the industry decided to stop paying for an outside group to certify the fish as sustainable. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and former Sen. Mark Begich both lobbied the chain to reconsider, since sustainable harvest […]

  • News

    Alaska lawmakers wait for marijuana bill rewrite that ‘reflects the will of the voters’

    by Sierra Starks on Jan 28, 18:03

    Alaska lawmakers have tabled a bill on how to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, saying they’re waiting for a bill rewrite that more accurately reflects what Alaskans asked for when they voted in November. After voters approved the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in Alaska, the goal is now to pass a bill by Feb. […]

  • News

    APD seeking whereabouts of missing 14-year-old

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 28, 15:16

    The Anchorage Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 14-year-old girl who is considered a runaway. Police say Janessa Rodrigo-Legarda was last seen leaving school at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 15. She is described as 4’5″ tall, weighing roughly 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black North Face fleece jacket, black […]

  • News

    Authorities investigate Anchorage inmate death

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Jan 28, 15:10

    A 33-year-old inmate’s death is under investigation after he became combative with corrections officers and was restrained, authorities say. Anchorage police brought Larry Kobuk of Anchorage to the Anchorage Correctional Complex Tuesday around 10:45 p.m. During prisoner intake he was “noncompliant” with corrections officers’ verbal commands, according to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers. […]

  • Lifestyle

    Health officials: Pertussis vaccinations could mean lessened severity if not prevention

    by Shannon Kemp on Jan 28, 14:12

    In light of a pertussis outbreak in recent months, state epidemiologists are encouraging Alaskans to get vaccinated to not only prevent contraction of a disease, but also potentially lessen the severity of it if infected. Epidemiologists with the State of Alaska Health and Social Services reported an outbreak of pertussis — commonly known as whooping […]

  • News

    State to appeal court decision in school funding case

    by Associated Press on Jan 28, 13:44

    The state plans to appeal a court ruling that invalidated a requirement that local school districts help pay for education. The Department of Law, in a release, also said the state will request a stay of the ruling. It says that would ensure municipalities continue contributing until the case is decided by the Alaska Supreme […]

  • News

    California officials call e-cigarettes a health threat

    by CBS News on Jan 28, 13:32

    As the popularity of e-cigarettes soars, both federal and state health officials continue to question their safety. In California on Wednesday, state health officials declared electronic cigarettes a health threat that should be strictly regulated like tobacco products, joining other states and health advocates across the U.S. in pushing back against the fast-growing device. The […]