JOINTS IN MOTION
If you think participating in a marathon is beyond your fitness level, think again. Many first-timers, including people with arthritis, do it every year. They gain the needed skills, confidence and camaraderie through the Arthritis Foundation’s Joints in Motion program (JIM).
Each year athletes and non athletes train to walk, run, or both – all in behalf of raising awareness and research funds for the Arthritis Foundation. It’s a great way to get in shape and make new friends while raising money for a good cause. And here’s another bonus — once your fundraising goal is reached, the Foundation will fly you to one of their race locations of your choice.
EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
Teams form through local Arthritis Foundation chapters and virtually online. Local teams have the added benefit of attending live clinics organized by the Foundation such as sessions about nutrition, shoes, stretching, and fundraising techniques. Local JIM coaches also meet up with teams for training runs/walks.
Virtual teams receive training through online coaching. They get all the clinic information online and also communicate with coaches via email. For example, if you have a question about a sore foot, a coach will help you figure out if it’s a movement technique or shoe issue. Virtual teammates get together online and by conference calls.
HAVE FUN AND RAISE FUNDS
Arthritis is the nation’s number one cause of disability. One in five adults lives with arthritis so chances are you know someone affected by the disease. Participants often run in behalf of someone they know which helps them raise funds. The JIM staff helps participants achieve financial goals through online fundraising tools and other methods. Most people raise between $1,500 and $5,000, depending on the location of the marathon selected. Once the goal is reached, you receive airfare, hotel accommodations, local transportation, and event entry fee. The Arthritis Foundation will even handle your travel details. All you need do is the race.
To find a JIM team near you, call 1-877-9JOINTS. To learn more about the program, go to www.JointsinMotion.org