30th Annual Long Beach Marathon Recap

Racing For A Cure

30th Annual Long Beach Marathon Recap

Last Sunday, the Arthritis National Research Foundation’s Racing For A Cure team raced the 30th Annual Long Beach Marathon in its Full Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K events. Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers like Britt “The Hurt Blogger” Johnson, Aimee Espinoza, and Rachelle Crow all showed their arthritis awareness by participating in the 5K route that weaved through downtown Long Beach.

[Pictured above, some of the 5K race team, L to R] Bruce Dybens, Rachelle Crow-Hercher, Britt Johnson, Derek Belisle, Samantha Bedford, Lisa Norrbom, Lynn Moyer, and Sierra Lahera

Other Racing For A Cure teammates like Carmen Tomooka ran her heart out in the Half Marathon, and returning marathon athlete, Oscar Esquivel, conquered the full marathon for yet sixth-year in a row. The event was well-attended and many other Arthritis National Research Foundation supporters came out to run for Racing For A Cure. Our runners and walkers raised both awareness and funds for arthritis research.

Racing For A Cure

Mike Carey, Aimee Espinoza, Britt Johnson

Racing For A Cure

ANRF’s Marketing Director, Derek Belisle


Aimee Espinoza & Mike Carey racing to the finish line!

Racing For A Cure is a global initiative comprised of people around the world raising awareness and money for an arthritis cure. The beauty of the program is that it can be applied to ANY RACE, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE and supports participants of all racing levels. Whether it’s walking, running, swimming, or biking, Racing For A Cure will support any event its members decide to participate in.

Signing up for the team is easy. Just fill out the online form, which you can find HERE. Commit to doing your best to fundraise for the foundation and ANRF will send you an official jersey, t-shirt, and Cure Arthritis bracelets to spread awareness and set you up head to toe in authentic gear! There is NO fundraising minimum to be on the team so we hope everyone will join. Happy racing!

Do you have pictures from a recent race? Send them to kyle@curearthritis.org so we can share them with the Racing For A Cure Family! Leave a comment about your own race experience below.

Arthritis-Research-Foundation-footer Do you have an arthritis awareness story to share? We share your arthritis stories in an effort to make a difference by giving arthritis patients a voice, raising arthritis awareness and raising awareness about the need for more funds for research. Awareness of arthritis and the need for research are key components to the quest to finding a cure for arthritis. Please consider making a donation today in support of this critical research. To share your arthritis story, contact KYLE.


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Arthritis National Research Foundation

The Arthritis National Research Foundation's mission is to provide initial research funding to brilliant, investigative scientists with new ideas to cure arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Writing articles about the patients affected and the science being done to find a cure shows why we need to come together to #CureArthritis!

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