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This calendar of events is organized chronologically and provides basic information on events taking place within the City, or sponsored by Corona-based organizations.

 

Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run

Be part of the longest-running, holiday-themed 5K race series – and fight with the Arthritis Foundation to conquer arthritis! Orange County & Inland Empire’s 7th annual Jingle Bell Run and will take place on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Santana Park, located at 598 Santana Way, Corona.

More than 2,500 participants will either run the 5K timed course or enjoy a leisurely three-mile walk (with a one-kilometer option) participating in holiday-themed activities in the expo area and all along the course. Children can participate in a one kilometer Rudolph Ramble fun run and enjoy snow and winter activities in the Kids’ Zone.

Schedule of Events

6:30 a.m. Registration Opens
7:45 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
8:00 a.m. 5K Timed Run Starts
8:30 a.m. 5K Untimed Run/Walk Starts
9:30 a.m. 1k Rudolph Ramble Starts
10:15 a.m. Awards, Prizes, & Giveaways 

Jingle Bell Run’s Youth Honoree Mackenzie was born on New Year’s Day in 2013. When other kids were taking their first steps, Mackenzie's family was dealing with finding a diagnosis and painful procedures. At 11 months old Mackenzie was using her push toy with a limp and could not straighten her right knee. After a misdiagnosis of a toddler fracture of her shin bone, she had to wait 3 months to be seen at CHOC by a pediatric rheumatologist. At 14 months of age, Mackenzie was diagnosed with Oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis of the knee. Mackenzie was administered her first steroid injection under sedation and had to undergo numerous blood draws. All parents know how hard it is to hold an infant down to administer injections. 

Jingle Bell Run

After the cortisone injections, Mackenzie underwent several stretch casts which consisted of the technicians forcibly straightening her leg while the cast dried. Mackenzie had several casts to get her knee extension back to normal. The team thought it would take her a day or two to figure out how to crawl with a cast. It took Mackenzie less than 20 minutes to figure out how to get around as there is no slowing her down! 

Mackenzie is currently in remission although she has had arthritis recurrences since her diagnosis. She has worked super hard during her weekly physical therapy sessions to strengthen her leg. During her last recurrence, Mackenzie came to love swings and monkey bars as she was able to do these activities without hurting her knee. She is now a master monkey bar swinger! 

Mackenzie is super active in gymnastics, swimming, playdates, and all the other joys of childhood. Mackenzie is enrolled in a Mandarin Immersion school and has a true joy for languages. She is happy 5-year-old that enjoys singing, dancing and just being a kid. 

Put on your favorite holiday costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. ’Tis the season to live it up and be jolly for a reason! Bring a team of friends, family and co-workers to run or walk, spread smiles and good cheer … and be a Champion of Yes! 100 percent of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause.

To learn more about the Jingle Bell Run, please visit www.jbr.org/ocie.

 

 

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