2017 Reindeer Fun Run

Reindeer Fun Run

News Release
SOUTHERN PINES, NC – This year marks the Reindeer Fun Run’s 10th annual race. The event, which begins on Saturday, December 3, is the largest fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills. It is part of TeamGreen Charities, which donates 100 percent of the proceeds to the Boys and Girls Club. The race attracts a variety of walkers, runners of all levels, families and pets and stretches through the historic neighborhoods of Aberdeen and the surrounding areas.

The Reindeer Fun Run comprises of a 5k run/walk, a 12k, an Egg Nog Jog (a half mile run for kids 9 and under) and a Blitzen Bash (a holiday kickoff party). “It brings the entire community together to raise money for a great charity—all while having fun and being active,” said Kate Petsolt, the Reindeer Fun Run’s Founder and Director. “Everyone plays a part in the success of the event, which includes its sponsors, volunteers, vendors, runners and spectators. There will be several thousand people who make the event what it is.”

This year’s race is expected to have over 2,500 runners in attendance and raise over $50,000 in donations to the Boys and Girls Club. Since the first race in 2007, the Reindeer Fun Run has raised over $234,000 in donations. It will undoubtedly top the quarter million dollar mark this year. The Reindeer Fun Run’s major sponsor is Trident Marketing, who has been the presenting sponsor since the race began.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all the smiling faces, costumes, kids and families making memories.” Said Petsolt. “But the moments that bring me a happy cry are at the start of each race. I stand in the street, near Santa, and watch hundreds of my friends run by cheering and smiling. It’s going to be amazing this year.”

For more event information about the race, visit reindeerfunrun.com or contact Kate Petsolt at (910) 693-3045. To learn more about the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills, visit sandhillsbgc.org.

Upcoming Race – Reindeer Fun Run | 12k, 5k, Kid’s Egg Nog Jog

Reindeer Fun Run | Since 2007

Santa Claus is coming to Aberdeen on Saturday, December 5.  This annual favorite consists of a 12k, a 5k, and a Kid’s Egg Nog Jog.  All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills, Inc.

Race Information

The race kicks off with the 12ks of Christmas at 9:00 am, followed by the 5k at 9:15 am and the Kid’s Egg Nog Jog at 10:30 am.  The 12k winds through downtown Aberdeen and historic Bethesda.  The 5k tours the downtown streets of Aberdeen and the Kid’s Egg Nog Jog features a new out and back course.  This event is family and pet friendly.  Free childcare is available by appointment.

Tips from SR

  • Packet pick-up will be at Page Memorial United Methodist Church in its fellowship hall (104 South Poplar Street, Aberdeen. NC 28315) on Friday, December 4th from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 5 from 7:15 am until 8:45 am
  • Parking will be available in downtown Aberdeen
  • Post race activities will include a McDonald’s Kids Zone and after party entertainment and refreshments

Upcoming Race – Turkey Trot | Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and 1 Mile Fun Run


Fall is in full swing with the 35th annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, November 21 in Pinehurst. The race begins outside Cannon Park (90 Woods Road, Pinehurst, NC) and winds through historic downtown Pinehurst and the beautiful neighborhoods of St. Andrew’s Drive.

Race Information

The Turkey Trot begins at 8:30 am with the one mile fun run.  The Half Marathon will kick off at 9:00 am, followed by the 10k at 9:15 am, and the 5k at 9:30 am.    The race benefits the Foundation of FirstHealth.  This event is stroller friendly.

Maps are available for the Half Marathon, 10k, 5k , and 1 Mile Fun Run for training purposes.

Tips from SR

  • Packet pick-up will take place at Cannon Park on Friday, November 20 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm and on Saturday, November 21 from 7:00 am until 8:30 am.
  • On-line registration is available

Upcoming Race – Old Glory Ultra | 50 mile, 50k, 10 mile, 50 mile relay

old glory ultra

The Old Glory Ultra is back this year with a new location, the Foxfire Golf Resort (9 Foxfire Boulevard, Jackson Springs, NC 27281).  This race benefits the Old Glory Legacy Foundation.

Race Information

This Adventure race will be held on Saturday, November 14. Runners will begin at the clubhouse and follow golf cart trail the red fox course.  The race will continue on to Foxfire Village Park, there will be water and aid stations along the course.  Runners will receive a medal, shirt, post race food and beer.  Participants can also golf on Friday, November 13 or Sunday, November 15 at the Foxfire Golf Resort.

The 50 mile relay will consist of at least one 6.25 mile loop, teams of 2-5 are allowed to participate in the relay.

The 50 miler starts at 5:00 am, followed by the 50k at 6:00 am, the 50 mile relay at 7:00 am and finally the 10 miler at 10:00 am.

Tips from SR

Upcoming Race – Uwharrie 100 Mile Trail Run | 100 Mile and 100k

Uwharrie - Black and White

The Uwharrie 100 Trail Run will be held on Saturday, October 24.  The run will begin at 6:00 am on Saturday and conclude at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 25.

Race Information

The Uwharrie National Forest will be the site of this trail run, he Wood Run Trail Head (4580 NC 27, Uwharrie National Forest, Troy, NC 27371) marks the beginning of the 20.5 mile single track course.  To complete the 100 mile run participants will complete five of the 20.5 mile loops, those in the 100k will complete three loops.  The course is a technically difficult course, there will be aid stations set at mile 6, 11.5, 15 and 20.5 of the single loop track.  The 100 mile and 100k race will have a 36 hour time limit.

Tips from SR

  • Packet pick-up for the event will be held at the Best Western in Albemarle, NC (2300 US Hwy 52 N, Albemarle, NC 28001) on Friday, October 23 from 1:00-9:00 pm.  Race day packet pick-up will be from 4:30 am-5:30 am at the start line

Upcoming Race – Dia De Los Muertos 24 Hour Endurance Run

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For runners looking for a challenge look no further than the Dia De Los Muertos 24 Hour Endurance Run.  This event will be held on Saturday, October 24 beginning at 1 pm.  The course is a .59 mile loop course around the baseball fields in Lillington (405 S. 1st Street, Lillington, NC).  This race benefits the Buddy Back pack program of Harnett County.

Race Information

The race is a looped course and runners are encourage to run for as long as they are able.  There will be aid and water stations throughout the event.

Tips from SR

Upcoming Race – Autumnfest | 5k, 1 Mile Fun Run, Kids Foot Races







***If you are registered 5K runner, you will be offered a credit for your race fee for next year or a refund check. Credit is good for one year for race or any other Recreation Department program, activity or athletic: Please email Chris Wiley with your request for a refund or a credit at [email protected] Questions: Chris Wiley at 910- 692-2463. MUST RESPOND BY OCTOBER 16 IMPORTANT: Include your current mailing address with response.***

Fall favorite, Autumnfest, joins Sandhills Race on Saturday, October 3.  The race kicks off a day of activities in downtown Southern Pines.

Race Information

The 5k begins at 9:00 am. The course winds through downtown Southern Pines.  There will also be a 1 mile fun run and kids races for children aged 3-12.  The fun run and children’s races are free to the public.  The 1 mile fun run begins at 10:00 am and the kids foot races begin at 10:30 am.

Tips from SR

  • Register on-line
  • Registration for the kids foot races will be open Saturday, October 3 until 10:00 am
  • Packet pick-up will be held on Friday, October 2 from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm (145 SE Broad Street, Southern Pines, NC 28387) and on Saturday, October 3 from 7:30 am until 8:30 am.

St. Joesph of the Pines Alzheimer’s Color Your World 5k Run/Walk |5k


Fall is all about changing colors and what better way to celebrate than a color run!  The second annual St. Joseph of the Pines  Alzheimer’s Color Your World Run joins Sandhills Race this fall on Saturday, September 19.  The race begins at 4:30 pm at St. John Paul II Catholic School (2922 Camp Easter Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387).

Race Information

The race benefits the Alzheimer’s Association.  Participants will be offered a white shirt at the race that will be splattered with color throughout the 5k run/walk.  After the race there will be a cookout at Belle Meade Wellness Park beginning at 5:30 pm.  Pets are welcome and strollers are permitted, however, the terrain is varied.

Tips from SR

  • On-line registration is available, registration includes tee-shirt, race packet, race,  and cookout
  • There will be a cookout after the race for participants, the fee for each guest will be $15
  • On-site registration begins at 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 19

Post Race Results – 1in 8k |8k and 1k

1 in 8k

Over 250 participants came together to run the 1 in 8k in historic downtown Pinehurst.  The race, in its fifth year, was held on Saturday, August 29.  The course was shaped like an “8” to represent that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  Pink was the color of the day as participants shirts were dark pink and survivor shirts were light pink.

The 8k ran through historic downtown Pinehurst, through the trails of Rassie Wicker Park, around the Carolina Hotel, and ended in front of Tufts Memorial Park.  The overall winner of the 8k was Tommy Delemnay with a chip time of 29:41.  The overall female winner was Berenice Macias with a chip time of 31:33, this was her second time winning the 1 in 8k. The overall survivor winner was Carla Albritton with a chip time of 37:02.  After the race runners were treated to a concert by Tony Barnes.

A full list of results can be found here.

This was one of the last races for the SRS summer series.

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Upcoming Race – CARA: Run for their Lives | 10k, 5k

Carolina Animal Rescue LOGO 2013

CARA’s annual race will be held on Saturday, August 29 at the Kiwanis Park in Sanford.  This race benefits  Carolina Animal Rescue and Adoption.  The event features a 10k, and a 5k,and is pet friendly.

Race Information

The race begins at Kiwanis Park and winds through the Greenway and historic Sanford.  The 10k race kicks off the event at 8:00 am, followed by the 5k at 8:15 am. Maps of the 10k and 5k are available.  An awards ceremony will be held after the race beginning at 9:30 am.

Tips from SRS

  • Register on-line
  • Packet pick-up will be held on Friday, August 27 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  (1800 Wicker Street, Sanford, NC 27330)
  • Race day registration is available from 6:30 am until 7:45 am, packet pick-up is available at this time as well