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Charlotte’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

My granddaughter, Brooke Simmons, since 2 yrs old, loves to run. She has done the Raindeer Run previously and had remembered her time so had a goal for this years run. She brought along a school girl friend. Her mother, Kirsten, needed to stay with Grandma Charlotte as she had a new hip and had to walk. Kirsten told the girls to stay together. As the girls were near the end, Brooke did run ahead. ...
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Carly’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

Ava's First 5K  I started running approximately 22 years ago. My husband knew that when he married me, running would be a part of the deal.  One day we had kids, and they had to become runners in a sense, because they had to ride along on my training runs. The running stroller was filled with a baby and then the running stroller had to turn into a double stroller for my twins.... bu...
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Tammy’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

I have a story to share.  This past Saturday, the Aberdeen Reindeer fun run was my first official 5K run with my prosthetic hip. I am 54 years old and previously was an avid runner before my hip joint was destroyed by degenerative joint disease (arthritis). My time this year, of course, was way off of my previous PR’s, but I was happier to complete this 5K than any previous.  My fa...
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Race Day Info 2016

Friday, December 2 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Registration & Packet pick-up Saturday December 3 (race day) 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Registration & Packet pick-up 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. McDonald’s Kids Zone & After Party 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 12ks of Christmas Run 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 5k Reindeer Fun Run/Walk 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a...
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What’s in a name

Here are the teams we have registered so far... Name Size Pinehurst Elementary Dolphins 52 Run Atex 49 Forte Fitness 15 Town of Aberdeen 12 Mistletoe Misfits 11 Southern Pines CrossFit 8 Team RWB 8 Brick City Running Tribe - BCRT 7 Team Estes 7 VRG 7 Real Fun Run 6 The Fruitcakes 6 All Elfed Up 5 Glitter Pat...
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5k Moved to 9:30

Every year there is one issue we have for certain runners... When 12kers merge with the 5k course, many of them run into a wall of walkers. We try to make sure everyone is aware, we mark the route with signs, and remind everyone at the starting line. But, sometimes people are just having too much fun and forget that quick runners may be coming up behind them. So, this year we've decided to less...
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Our Journey’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

The idea for Our Journey started in October when the Reindeer Fun Run posted on Facebook that they would have teams for this year’s race. We wanted to set up a team and enjoy the run together, but also to run for a reason. And so begins the story of Our Journey, a fundraising group started in honor of Owen Joseph Eilert. Owen was born to our dear friends in the spring of 2015. An otherwise heal...
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Julian’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

I beat breast cancer after having surgery in 2014 when I was 37 years old.  This past October I decided to train to run.  I had never ran before and could not even run for one minute without total exhaustion.  After training for 6 weeks, a friend told me about the Reindeer Run.  I registered and it was my first run ever.  At 38 years old I was really running!  The Reindeer Run gave me the confiden...
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Veronica’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

mom and me reindeer run
Reindeer Fun Run 2007: A Perfect Day with My Mother The Reindeer Fun Run is a very special race for me. Not only is it the most fun race ever, but it commemorates the last normal day I had with my mother before she passed away on December 22, 2007. It was the first year of the run, held in Southern Pines. I knew mom didn't have much time left. The doctor gave her six weeks to live. We had ma...
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Team Sapper’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

Team Sapper
If you've run the Reindeer Fun Run in the past couple years, you are sure to have noticed individuals running in gas masks--still wearing antlers. Here is a little bit about Team Sapper and the non-profit, Operation Enduring Warrior to share why they do what they do. Shared from http://enduringwarrior.org/about/the-masked-athlete-team/ The Masked Athlete Team (MAT) are specially trained volu...
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Signal over Murphy Insurance

Gingerbread man signal over Nationwide Insurance
We were out and about in Southern Pines, and saw this Gingerbread Man "signal" over Mike Murphy's Nationwide Insurance office. It looks like someone must need help! Sponsor Murphy Insurance is of course a resource for that, but what do you think the signal is all about? [caption id="attachment_4829" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Gingerbread Man signal over Murphy Insurance[/caption]
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Reindeer at the Sly Fox

Sly Fox Reindeer at Phone Booth
We just received a photo someone took while running past The Sly Fox last night. It appears to be our reindeer about to go into the old English phone booth. Interesting. The Sly Fox has been a sponsor for years, so it is no wonder the reindeer is visiting, but we wonder what he's going to do in the phone booth? Call Santa? I guess we will have to wait and see... [caption id="attachment_4825"...
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11th Annual Reindeer Fun Run | December 2, 2017

This FUN community event is for everyone from serious runners to recreational walkers, families, & pets! The 5k Reindeer Fun Run/Walk curves through historic downtown neighborhoods of Aberdeen, NC with rolling hills and wide turns. The 12ks of Christmas Run incorporates the 5k route along with a scenic tour of Bethesda & the Malcolm Blue Farm. Both courses finish on a sloping d...
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2014 Post-race information

Results! Check our the official results at Precision Race. Shirts "Rein"checks for shirts will be redeemable starting December 20 at buyCalls, located at 164 NW Broad Street in Southern Pines, NC. buyCalls will be closed W-F the week of Christmas, but otherwise will be open during normal business hours. Win something? If you won an award and didn't pick up on race-day, you can also get th...
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Anne’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

I decided to take a shot at the 75-79 age group record in the 12k run, “The 12Ks of Christmas” on December 6, 2014 because it looked like a really fun event, with those in costumes making it feel festive and lively. I took a big chance on this one because I’m running the Dallas Marathon the following Sunday, December 14, with my son David and my Granddaughter Rachel, which will be our 9th three-ma...
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Tracy’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

Engaged at the finish line! We would like to say a HUGE "CONGRATULATIONS" to Tracy Bakk and Jacob Poulliot, engaged at the finish line of Saturday's Reindeer Fun Run!  We wish you years of happiness together!  Here's a little note from the soon-to-be-bride.... "Jacob planned the engagement around my families visit from Minnesota.  I saw the 5k a few weeks back and figured it would be a fun e...
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