Joints in Motion Training Team seeks participants to run marathon |

Joints in Motion Training Team seeks participants to run marathon


Today, more than ever, arthritis is touching the lives of Americans with increasing frequency causing potentially serious consequences. Every year thousands of Americans are newly diagnosed with arthritis. It is a condition that includes more than 100 different diseases and is the most prevalent of chronic diseases. It has became a major national health problem and one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Nearly 43 million Americans have arthritis and more than 173 individuals living in the state of Nevada suffer from this disease.

It is imperative that individuals gain awareness of arthritis, its serious impact and the Arthritis Foundation’s efforts to help find the answers. Researchers supported by the Arthritis Foundation are looking for the causes of arthritis, ways to prevent it and better ways to treat it. Volunteers in chapters across the county help raise funds to provide for these services.

To raise money for this worthwhile cause the Reno branch of the Arthritis Foundation, which services the Northern Nevada area, devotes all efforts to fund-raising. One of their major fund-raising since 1997 is the Joints In Motion Training Team. Last year the 2000 Arthritis Foundation Joints In Motion Training Team consisting of 46 team members raised more than $180,000 for the cause. Each team member completed their two major which are two raise sponsorship money for the Arthritis Foundation and to train for some 20 weeks to run a 26.2-mile marathon.

Now is the time to sign up for the 2001 Honolulu Marathon Team. Participants will train under the direction of world class runner Miguel Tibaduiza. Additional incentives include airfare, hotel accommodations, five nights and six days in Honolulu, entry into the marathon, pre-race carbo load dinner and team apparel. The responsibility of each participant is a $100 non-refundable registration fee and to raise $3,100 in sponsorships. Fund-raising support is offered for each team member. The first sign-up meeting will be at 7 p.m. March 14. For location and more information call Donna Johnson, director of the Arthritis Foundation Northern Nevada Special Events, at (775) 825-7080.

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