2017 Jingle Bell Run fun

Runners conquered the cold and snow to race for a good cause

ROANOKE, Va. – The snow may have delayed some events Saturday, but that didn't stop people from coming out to this year's Jingle Bell Run.

The race benefited the Arthritis Foundation and was held in Downtown Roanoke. Runners dressed in everything from ugly sweaters to Santa costumes and despite the snow, people from across the region came out for the annual event. The volunteers say it’s all about bringing people together for a good cause.

"I think people kind of actually like the weather, what it is I think it's better for the Christmas spirit and everything. But I think this event has just kind of been an institution here in the community which is been really great," said race volunteer Paul Klockenbrink.

The 5K race has been held for more than 25 years.