Jeff Brashares wasn't going to let a little thing like degenerative arthritis keep him from running.
After a knee operation, his physician gave him some advice.
"When I got done with the surgery, he said, 'Jeffrey, you can probably run for another year but I wouldn't recommend it,'" Brashares recalled.
That was 11 years ago.
He still runs two to three miles a day for personal reasons: health, stress relief and the simple joy of being outdoors.
But on Dec. 1, he'll be running for others.
Brashares, of Lewis Center, will be participating in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk, a competitive 5K event in downtown Columbus that will raise money for the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region.
Registration, which is $30 for noncompetitive runners and $35 for competitors, begins at 8 a.m. in front of the Crowne Plaza, 33 E. Nationwide Blvd. Online registration also is available at www.jinglebellruncolumbus.kintera.org.
The 25-yard Snow Flake Run, open to children age 10 and younger, will start at 9:35 a.m. Registration is $12 the day of the event or online.
The adult race starts at 10 a.m. The race route extends south down High Street to German Village, across Livingston and north on Fourth Street to the finish line at Nationwide and High.
"I think it's a phenomenal event for Columbus," said Brashares, a transportation and logistics consultant. "To see this wave of people running down High Street is pretty cool."
Michelle Thomas, development director for the local Arthritis Foundation, said 4,700 people are expected to participate in the 26th annual run. The third-largest of 180 Jingle Bell Run/Walks in the country is expected to raise about $230,000, which will go toward educational seminars, exercise classes, children's camps and research, she said.
There are 486,000 adults and 5,000 children in central Ohio who suffer from arthritis, she said.
"Fundraising events such as the Jingle Bell Run/Walk help us improve their lives and provide resources that will help them on a day to day basis," Thomas said.
Brashares, 60, said he has participated in the event each year since it was founded.
"It's a great way to raise awareness," he said.