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Costumed Runners from Royal Oak Finish Jingle Bell Run For Arthritis Foundation

Hundreds helped raise more than $60,000 to help Arthritis Foundation programs and research.

Individuals and teams participate in Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Pictured above is “Team ROAR,” also known as the Royal Oak Area Racers. Team ROAR had more than 45 members and was the largest participating team.
Individuals and teams participate in Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Pictured above is “Team ROAR,” also known as the Royal Oak Area Racers. Team ROAR had more than 45 members and was the largest participating team.
The Arthritis Foundation reported that 800 people braved Saturday's snow storm in Bloomfield Township to help raise significant funding and awareness for arthritis research at the 2013 Jingle Bell Run. 

Team ROAR (Royal Oak Area Racers) participated in the competitively timed races. With more than 45 members, ROAR was the largest participating team.  Attendees kept things festive by dressing in their favorite holiday-costumes and tying jingle bells to their shoes.

Foundation officials said more than $60,000 was raised to support Arthritis Foundation programs, services and research for the nation’s leading cause of disability.

More than 50 million Americans have arthritis including 2.3 million adults and 10,300 children in Michigan.

The Arthritis Foundation also hosted a similar run earlier this month at Northville Downs to help 5-year-old Zach Fradkin, of Dearborn, who was diagnosed at 18 months old with juvenile arthritis. 

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