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Saturday, December 9, 2000 -- Greensburg, PA
Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis
Story and photos by Mike Monroe

[Details] [Coverage]
[Overall Results] [Results by Class]
Pictures: [Set 1] [Set 2] [Set 3] [Set 4] [Set 5] [Set 6] [Set 7]

Jingle Bell Run
It's a cold start in Greensburg
As many people ran around with bells attached to their clothing, one thing was for sure, this race was properly named the Jingle Bell Run. Many people braved the cold to come out for a great cause, to help raise money for research of Arthritis. The wind blew right threw everyone's many layers of clothing and right to the core of their bodies. Some people were even seen hardly wearing anything, except some tights and a T-shirt. Not me, I was all bundled up in a couple layers of fleece.

With the cold icy conditions, a last minute course change was underway. Instead of heading up onto the trails the race was kept on the track that ran around the park. A few of the racers admitted that this made their time a little faster and they thought this was a shorter course than they anticipated. Anyhow the race was still going to be tough with the many people pushing themselves to the limit in the frigid conditions.

Jingle Bell Run
Competition at the front of the pack
In the Men's race Stephen Gonzalez(15:26) and Michael McGee(15:31) were battling the whole race. Stephen won by only a few strides right at the finish, only 5 seconds. Ben Giess(15:57) wasn't to far back either. He finished a few seconds right behind Michael. These three guys battled it out all throughout the race, with all of them running right around a 5-minute mile average.

The Women's race wasn't as close with Gina McGee(17:04) finishing almost two minutes ahead of Sara Rashiatore(18:59). The real race in the women's was between Sara and Jessica Steck(19:00) with Sara only crossing the line a few hundredths of a second ahead of Jessica. The lead stayed the same between the three of them the whole race but the battle for second place was a demanding one the started and ended neck and neck.

Jingle Bell Run
It's the family time of year
The Men's walk was also another close one between Steve Bence(24:25), Thomas Starkey(24:41) and Randy Davis(25:24). Thomas tried to catch and pass Steve the whole race, but never quite made it, but he only finished a few seconds behind him with a great time of 24:41.39. Randy's name should be left out in this race either since he was in reaching distance to Thomas the whole race.

In the Women's walk the top three stayed in the same positions all throughout the race. Nearly two minutes separated each one of them from each other. Kathy Paes(29:00), Carole Hall(32:47) and Janet Mari Ternoway(34:59) were the top three finishers. Kathy finished up on top in the women's division and fifth overall. Carole finished second in the women's division and seventh overall and Janet finished third in the women's division and ninth overall.

Even though old man winter was letting us know he is in charge of all outdoor activities in the winter, everyone still had fun showing their Christmas Spirit and showing their kind hearts to show everyone how much they cared about people that suffer from arthritis. So if you are ever wanting to engage in a fun little 5k that benfits a great cause head up to the Jingle Bell 5k next year.