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Bellingham’s Jingle Bell Run among top 5 nationally

Runners wait at the starting line for the Bellingham Jingle Bell Run on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.
Runners wait at the starting line for the Bellingham Jingle Bell Run on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The Arthritis Foundation’s annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk in Bellingham raised more than $190,000 this year, putting it among the top 5 nationally in terms of money raised, organizers said.

An estimated 3,640 participants ran and walked through the streets of Bellingham Saturday, Dec. 13, in this year’s event, one of 100 Jingle Bell events held nationwide. The Bellingham version was founded in 1988 and annually attracts thousands of people and pets wearing bells and costumes on the 5-kilometer course.

The Bellingham High School Band Boosters also collected new and used athletic shoes at the event for Project Sole, which distributes them to people in need in the U.S. and worldwide.

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