Some came dressed as presents, others as Christmas trees hung with baubles. There were reindeer, candy canes and a few Santas. And a man with bells on his toes won the Jingle Bell 10K Run for Arthritis yesterday in West Potomac Park.

John Wessels, miniature bells laced to his running shoes, surged away from a group of six shortly before completing the first mile, built a lead of nearly two minutes and won the 6.2-mile race in 31:42. Michael Moore moved from fourth to second after passing the third mile 36 seconds behind the leader and finished second in 33:04.

Pam Briscoe led the women's race from the start and won in 36:48. Sally Strauss, the fourth-place woman in the recent Marine Corps Marathon, was next in 37:23.

Approximately 3,000 entered, generating more than $30,000 for arthritis research. Not all of them showed up, though, to run at 8 a.m. in 25-degree weather (with wind chill: 8 degrees). But enough ran that when the leaders were passing the half-mile mark, some were just crossing the starting line.

"This is a fun race," said Wessels, 25, a budget analyst for the Executive Office. "That's why I ran it. But sucking that cold air all the way back {after rounding Hains Point}, that was interesting."