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December Jingle Bell Run

About 6 months ago, I committed to running in the Jingle Bell Run in North Pole Alaska (in July) – but later reneged on my commitment after about 8,000 miles of highway and dirt had taken their toll.  The guilt of disappointing the folks in AK and the Arthritis Foundation has been haunting me and in self-retribution for my action in AK, I have signed-up for the Jingle Bell Run in Malvern on Sunday December 9, 2012.

If anyone out there still following the blog and Ride to Alaska, and has a few dollars left, please consider donating a fe bucks to the run.  My goal is a very modest (still paying for the Alaska trip) $100, and I have already put in $25.  If you click on the logo above, it will take you to the fundraising site.  Thanks in advance to those who contribute.

On another subject – while still related to the Alaska Trip – I will be doing a presentation on the Ride to Alaska for the Northampton Community College on November 14, 2010.  Kind of a continuing education series for the adult education section.  If there is any interest in attending, please drop me a note or comment below and I’ll respond with the details.  Also, if you are involved with an organization or school that might enjoy hearing all of the gory details of the trip, I am happy to make a presentation at no cost – just to continue to get the word out on Juvenile Arthritis. Drop me a note if you have an interest.


Running at the North Pole in July? (North Pole, AK)

I just got the word that there will be a Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis in North Pole Alaska, July 7, 2012 and have been invited to the event. North Pole Alaska? Yup – and a Jingle Bell Run in July – only in Alaska. This event, probably one of the biggest fund-raisers for the Arthritis Foundation in Alaska, draws over 600 participants and has an aggressive goal of raising $42,000 for the cause.

Where the heck is North Pole, AK you ask? And, why hold a “Jingle Bell” run in July? Well, the map to the right shows the location and think about it… would you run in a 5K in December when the average temp is about -10 degrees F and could be -40 with wind chill!

The Schedule Shifts

My original schedule had me home on the patio, feet propped up and cold beer in hand about the time the runners will be finishing up their 5K run. Would tacking another week and a couple of thousand miles cross the line for me, my family, business and general sanity? Well, my wife said to go for it, the benefits for juvenile arthritis fundraising/awareness seemed pretty real, and it also would give me an extra few days in the schedule to take some brakes, explore and bring the whole frantic pace of the trip down a notch. Sooooooo, now the schedule has been modified to allow for a 5K run on July 7, then head home hell-bent for election.

Within the next few days, I should have the revised schedule up for those who are interested. Based on the blog statistics, it appears that many are checking the schedule, so I’ll modify it as soon as I work things out.

Looking for a Jingle Bell Run Sponsor

As I am now doing a 5k in addition to the 14,000 miles of riding, I am looking for someone to cough up the entry fee for the North Pole Jingle Bell Run. The minimum fee is $20, but I would love to have the Ride to Alaska listed as a “Sponsor” which takes $250. If there is anyone out there willing or able, please drop me an at tsdanforth at yahoo dot com to let me know.

If anyone has an interest in contributing or sponsoring the North Pole Jingle Bell Run, feel free to contact Laura Goss of the Arthritis Foundation, Alaska. I hesitate to put direct e-mail links due to the spammers out there, so go to the website to get the contact information.