24,000 PE Islanders live with arthritis. Based on 2009 population estimates, this is just about 20% of the entire province. That is one heck of a lot of discomfort, pain management and affected lives.
Arthritis research is an important cause and requires ongoing funding. Today I ran the PEI Jingle Bell 5k, the first year for the event, as part of the fundraising.
The temperature was moderate – around 5 degrees celsius – but there was a strong, biting wind, which made at least half the course a challenge. Held at the new University of Prince Edward Island track, which had been constructed for the 2009 Canada Summer Games, a small handful of participants turned up. There was a 1k and a 5k option; you could walk and/or run. The 5k was 12.5 laps of the track.
It was a fun event. I was thrilled to see a recyclable kit bag and enjoyed the jingle of my footfalls. Thanks to those who sponsored me.