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

reindeer fun run

With the running of the  Reindeer Fun Run the holiday season has officially begun.   Over 1691 runners met in historic downtown Aberdeen for the 8th Annual Reindeer Fun Fun.

Geoffrey Washburn continued his dominance of the 2014 Fall Series by winning the overall 12k with a chip time of 44:05.  Washburn has also won the 1 in 8k, Autumnfest, and MANNA in Motion.  Tana Kornachuk won the overall female 12k with a chip time of 46:35.  This year the 12k was capped at 450 participants and registrations sold out before the race began.  A complete list of 12k results can be found here.

The 5k race began fifteen minutes after the 12k and John Grimm won with a chip time of 20:12.  Janeth Adler won the female overall 5k with a chip time of 20:20.  A complete list of 5k results can be found here.

The Reindeer Fun Run also featured the Kid’s Egg Nog Jog, a half mile run, and the Chick-Fil-A costume contest, and an appearance by the local train part way through the race.  As runners crossed the finish line they were greeted with snow, bottles of water and after race festivities, which included a Chick-Fil-A Kids Zone and candy cane shaped bagels from Panera.  The predicted rain held off for the majority of the race.  For more information about the Reindeer Fun Run visit the official website.

SRS wraps up its 2014 Fall Series with the Nutcracker a 12 hour endurance run Saturday December 13.

Upcoming Race – Reindeer Fun Run | 12k, 5k, and Egg Nog Jog

reindeer fun run

The Reindeer Fun Run is coming soon to Aberdeen.  This annual race benefits the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills.  The three races take place in historic downtown Aberdeen on Saturday, December 6.

Race Information

This year the 12k is limited to 450 runners, register now to reserve your spot.   The 12k will begin at 9:00 am.   The course runs through historic downtown Aberdeen, the neighborhoods of Bethesda and the Malcolm Blue Farm, a map of the 12k course can be found here.

The 5k will begin at 9:15 am.  Runners in the 5k will run through downtown Aberdeen and the neighborhoods of Bethesda,a map of the 5k course can be found here.

An annual favorite, the Egg Nog Jog is for children nine years old and younger and begins at 10:30 am. The Egg Nog Jog is a half mile jog.    A map of the Egg Nog Jog can be found  here.

All races are stroller and pet friendly.  Each race will have an award for the first pair of antlers to cross the finish line as well as overall and age group winners.  There will also be prizes for the best group costume (2 or more people), best pet costume, and best individual costume.    The post race party includes a Chick-Fil-A Kid Zone, music, and fun.

Tips from SRS

  • On-line registration is available here.  Paper registration is available here.
  • Packet pick up will begin Friday, December 5 at noon and end at 8:00 pm.  Packet pick-up will be held on Saturday, December 6 from 7:15 am until 8:45 am.  You may register at these times as well  (104 South Poplar Street, Aberdeen, NC 28315-Page Memorial Fellowship Hall)
  • On site childcare will be provided by Rugg Rats call 910-695-0014 to reserve a spot
  • A map for parking can be found here

If you want to get an early start on all the Reindeer Fun Run fun come enjoy the Blitzen Bash held Monday, December 1 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm at Southern Pines Brewing Company (565 Air Tool Drive Suite E, Southern Pines, NC 28387).  The event will be catered by Sly Fox and all proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills.  You may register for this event here.

Santa, his elves, and reindeer will see you out on the course Saturday, December 6.  For more information visit here.


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


The 34th annual Turkey Trot will take place on Saturday, November 22 in Pinehurst, NC.  The race will begin and end at Camelot Park (90 Woods Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374).  The Turkey Trot benefits the Foundation of FirstHealth.

Race Information

This annual race begins with the one mile fun run at 8:30 am.  The Half Marathon begins at 9:00 am, followed by the 10k and 5k at 9:30 am. This year there are new courses for the race;  Half-Marathon map, 10k map, 5k map.   The Turkey Trot will also feature a youth challenge, a discounted entry fee for school-aged children.  All finishers in the youth challenge will receive a medal.  The school with the most miles run in the Turkey Trot will get a trophy and a Rita’s Italian Ice party.

Tips from SRS

  • On-line registration ends Thursday, November 20.  Register on-line here.
  • Packet pick up will be Friday, November 21 at Cannon Park in Pinehurst from 5:00-7:00 pm and on Saturday, November 22 at Cannon Park in Pinehurst from 7:00-8:45 am

SRS looks forward to seeing you at the Turkey Trot!



Upcoming Race – Run to be Drug Free | 5k and 1 Mile Kid’s Run

run to be drug free


Start November on the right track with the Run to be Drug Free on Saturday, November 1st at Pinecrest High School (250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines, NC 28387).  The Run to be Drug Free benefits Sandhills Teen Challenge.

Race Information

The 5k race begins and ends at the driveway of Pinecrest High Schools and winds around a closed course.  Roads will be closed from 8:30 am until 10:30 am.  The 1 Mile Fun Run will begin at 9:00 and the 5k at 9:30.  An awards ceremony will follow the race and live music will be provided.

Tips from SRS

  • Register on-line here.  Race day registration will be available at Pinecrest High School on Saturday, November 1 from 8:00 am until 9:00 am
  • Packet pick-up will be available Saturday, November 1 from 8:00 am until 9:00 am at Pinecrest High School

This will the the 3rd Annual Run to be Drug Free.  SRS looks forward to seeing you there.

Post Race Results – MANNA in Motion | 5k



MANNA in Motion joined the 2014 Fall Series of the SRS on Saturday, October 11.  The race was held at St. John Paul 2 Catholic School and ran through the grounds of St. Joseph of the Pines.  MANNA is a ministry that provides lunches for needy residents of Moore County.

Geoffrey Washburn won the overall 5k race with a chip time of 16:16.  Geoffrey Washburn has won all of the 2014 Fall Series races.  Robyn Humphrey won the overall female 5k with a chip time of 21:08.   St. John Paul 2 Middle won the overall team awards with a 5k time of 21:46.  For full results click here.

SRS is hosting a meet-up at Reservoir Park in Southern Pines on Saturday, October 18.  We will do a lap around the lake and then have time to meet each other after.  SRS will recognize 2014 Spring Series winners and 2014 Summer Series Participants.