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

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

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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

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

 

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One of the area’s most popular races, the 7th annual Reindeer Fun Run, will be held Saturday, December 7 in historic downtown Aberdeen (100 E. Main Street Aberdeen, NC 28315).  The Reindeer Fun Run will feature the 12ks of Christmas at 9:00 am, the 5k Reindeer Fun Run/Walk at 9:15 am, and the Chick-Fil-A Egg Nog Jog at 10:30 am.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills.  Over the past seven years $117,000 has been donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills from the Reindeer Fun Run.

Race Information

The 5k and 12k run will begin in downtown Aberdeen.  The USATF certified course will feature rolling hills and wide turns.  The 12k will separate from the 5k course after the first mile and will tour through scenic Bethesda and the Malcolm Blue Farm.  The 12k will rejoin the 5k route at mile five for a downhill run to the finish line and after party.  The Chick-Fil-A Egg Nog Jog, for kids nine and under, is a 1/2 mile run that begins at Poplar Street and ends on Main Street.  The Reindeer Fun Run is stroller and pet friendly.  Maps of the courses can be found here: 12k, 5k, and Chick-Fil-A Egg Nog Jog.

Registration fees for the Reindeer Fun Run are as follows:  12k $32, 5k $28, 5k for pets $8, Chick-Fil-A Egg Nog Jog $15.  Participants in the Chick-Fil-A Egg Nog Jog will receive a finisher ribbon, long sleeve tee-shirt, goodie bag, water bottle and antlers.  Runners in the 12k will receive a finisher medal, long sleeve tee-shirt and antlers.  Participants in the 5k will receive a long sleeve tee-shirt and antlers, pets in the 5k will receive a Reindeer Fun Run bandana.  The 12k and 5k will be officially timed.

There will be an awards ceremony after the Reindeer Fun Run with awards for:  Best Group Costume (two or more), Best Pet Costume, and Best Individual Costume.  Running Awards will be given in the Chick-Fil-A Egg Nog Jog for the fastest times and there will be the Rudolph Award for the first set of antlers to cross the finish line.  5k awards will be given for the fastest overall times, fastest times by age group, and the Dasher Award for the first set of antlers to cross the finish line.  Awards for the 12k will be for fastest overall time, fastest time by age group and the Prancer Award for the first set of antlers to cross the finish line.

The Reindeer Fun Run will also have an after race party and a Chick-Fil-A Kid Zone.  The after party will feature live bands,  sponsor and merchandise tables, Mellow Mushroom, funnel cakes, Chick-Fil-A, and more.  For the kids, the Chick-Fil-A Kids Zone will have face painting, pony rides, fun with Santa, music, games and food.  The Chick-Fil-A Kids Zone will be located on Sycamore Street across from the train depot.

Tips from the SRS

  • You can register online, online registration closes Thursday, December 5.  On-site registration and packet pick-up will be available Friday, December 6 from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 7 from 7:15 am until 8:45 am at Page Memorial Fellowship Hall (104 S. Poplar Street Aberdeen, NC 28315).  There will be a collection of cans and coats for the annual K2 Solutions drive.
  • On-site childcare will be provided by RuggRats in the Page Memorial Nursery.  Space is limited so please contact RuggRats to make an appointment (910-695-0014).  A portion of the proceeds will go back to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills.
  • Information about parking can be found here.

Last year there were over 2,400 participants and 150 volunteers for the Reindeer Fun Run.  There were 25 different states represented in the 2012 race.  More information about the race can be found here.

Pre-Race Festivities

The Blitzen Bash, a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills, will be held Wednesday, December 4 from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm at the Campbell House in Southern Pines (482 E. Connecticut Avenue Southern Pines, NC 28387).  The cost of the event is $50 per person and the Blitzen Bash will be catered by Sly Fox.  You can reserve your spot here or you can send a check with guests names to PO Box 671 Southern Pines, NC 28388.  The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills serve 300 children each day during the school year.

Volunteer training for the Reindeer Fun Run will occur on Thursday, December 5 at 6:00 pm.