The 34th Annual Reindeer Run is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1. The event offers a competitive 10K run, 10K walk, 5K run and 5K walk, as well as an Elf Scramble Fun Run is for ages 4-8.
The 10K and 5K races begin at 9 a.m. at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center at 807 N. Missouri Ave. The Elf Scramble will start about 10:15 a.m. Ages 4-5 will be running a quarter mile, and ages 6-8 will race for a half mile. All children will receive a medal upon finishing.
Participants in the 10K and 5K races will compete in nine age divisions in men’s and women’s categories. Age divisions are 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-70, and 70 and over. Overall male and female winners in each race will receive awards. First- through third-place finishers will receive medals in each age group. An award will be given to the best “Christmassy” outfit and drawings for various items will be conducted after the races. T-shirts will be given to all participants.
“We love this event because everyone is really into the Christmas spirit,” says event organizer Sara Hall of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. “Our community’s health and wellness is a priority and this is just one of our many events that addresses these needs.”
The Reindeer Run is sponsored by Rio Pecos Medical Associates and the Roswell Parks and Recreation Department. Additional sponsors are Noisy Water Artwear, Xcel Energy, Peppers Grill and Bar, and Kindred Spirits Art.
Entry forms for the 10K and 5K races are available at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center or online at www.active.com. Pre-registration is taking place until race day. Registration on race day will be from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Adult and Recreation Center. Packet pick-up will be Friday, Nov. 30, at the center from 5 to 8 p.m. or on race day morning from 7 to 8:30 a.m.
The 10K and 5K races pre-registration fee is $30 plus a can of food for a local food bank (the specific food bank is still being determined). On race day, registration is $35 (no credit cards on race day) plus a can of food for the food bank. Anyone who registers and pays online should bring the can of food when picking up his or her packet. The Elf Scramble is $5 per child and registration will be on race day from 7 to 10 a.m.
Rio Pecos Medical Associates will be on hand to offer free glucose and cholesterol screening tests on race day from 7 to 8 a.m. Blood-pressure checks will also be available. If participating in the glucose/cholesterol testing, participants need to fast beginning the previous evening and fill out paperwork attached to the entry form.
For more information, call (575) 624-6719.