Jingle Bell Dashing For Arthritis Awareness


Photograph Courtesy of Celeste Burnias

Beckman High SChool’s California Scholarship Federation volunteered in Laguna Niguel at the Arthiritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run on December 4.

LAGUNA NIGUEL – On Sunday, December 4, people of all ages and places gathered together at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Participants donated fifty dollars for a five kilometer run, thirty dollars for a one kilometer run, and dressed up to the holiday theme by wearing Christmas sweaters, red and green color schemes, and jingle bells attached to their shoelaces.




The Jingle Bell Run, organized by the Arthritis Foundation, is annually prepared to raise awareness for one of America’s top incurable disabilities, arthritis, which is a painful inflammation and stiffness in one’s joints. Many participants came out early in the morning to join in on the run and get moving to raise money in a fun and active way. The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) club from Beckman High School attended the event to join and help volunteer for the cause.




“I think it is a very fun and effective way to raise funds and awareness for those who are suffering with arthritis! It reminds me of the Dino Dash in some way, and I hope many people will be aware of this fun event,” stated club member Lauren Chu. Many CSF members attended the event to add on volunteer hours and also to help make a difference for those who suffer with arthritis.




At 7:00 a.m., participants arrived at the Laguna Niguel Regional Park to kick off the event. Registration began and many people filed into the park to get started. As time went by, the opening ceremony took place at 8:45 a.m. The runners and walkers formed small teams and cheered, getting ready to run or walk. At 9:00 a.m., the five kilometer running event began and runners dashed off in various levels of friendly competition.




The Walk With Activities event started at 9:45 a.m. Walkers strolled with their friends and different fun activities and games took place for people of all ages. Next, at 10:30 a.m., the one kilometer Kids’ Rudolph Ramble kicked off. Young children of all ages enthusiastically participated in the run and dashed through the race with immense excitement. As the running events started to come to a close, participants cooled down and mingled about the park.




The awards ceremony began at 10:45 a.m. Quick runners were awarded for their efforts and the results were also later posted online for top 268 runners in the event. Barron Marzland, a twenty-four year old male, took first place with running the five kilometer in fifteen minutes and twenty nine seconds. Annabelle Boudreau, fourteen, took seventh place overall and first place for females with a record of eighteen minutes and forty eight seconds.




“I love how the Jingle Bell Run is for a good cause and I hope that the Arthritis Foundation succeeds their goals and completes their mission statement for raising awareness for arthritis,” member Helen Quach exclaimed.




“This volunteer opportunity was a great chance to not only get into the holiday spirit, but also to raise funds for arthritis research. So far this year, this national run has raised over six million dollars, which is really incredible. It’s really just a great way to not only support those with arthritis by raising awareness and funds, but also for allowing us high school students to get involved,” stated President Hannah Park.




As the Arthritis Foundation continues to dash every year to make more progress for their mission statement of raising funds and awareness for arthritis, more and more participants come every year to run in the Jingle Bell Run. Hopefully, the foundation will be able to raise an abundance of funds and awareness to this cause.