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Reindeer Fun Run Stories

Over the years we have heard some fantastic stories that involve the Reindeer Fun Run. A goal that helped someone overcome an injury, a family reunion, a special memory. We absolutly LOVE hearing them, and would like to share some of them as well. If you have a “Reindeer Fun Run Story” and you are willing to share, please let us know! Email run@reindeerfunrun.com, and we will reach out, and with your permission, share them on our site.

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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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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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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Scott’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

As I submitted my registration for the Reindeer Fun Run, I thought back over the past year, and how much things have changed for me since the 2013 Reindeer Fun Run. Compared to the obstacles and challenges that others have shared, my story seems rather trivial. But running has changed my life, so I’ll share that story here. In September of 2013, I decided, on a whim, to start running, and to en...
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Megan’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

Starting in 2000, I got hooked on running.  I did the Chicago Marathon, a number of half marathons, and even more 5K and 10Ks.  I loved it!  Then I got into the triathlon world and pushed my body (in between getting married and having kids) to do more and more. In May 2007, about a week before the Wood Lake Triathlon, I was told I had a brain tumor.  My life stopped at age 30.  I had been marri...
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Mona’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

Two years ago, 10 of my family members (siblings/cousins/children) and our aunt’s two Miniature Pinschers participated for the first time in the 5th Annual Reindeer Run.  We came from all over…Wilson, Charlotte, Dunn, Raleigh.  Two did the longer run, and the rest of had a great time enjoying the 5K, and spending time together.  Our aunt lived just across Hwy 1 on Chapin Rd.  She and my mom parked...
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David’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

The Finish Line
[caption id="attachment_3171" align="alignright" width="200"] The finish line of the 4th Annual Reindeer Fun Run[/caption] We have been so touched by the stories that others have shared with us about the Reindeer Fun Run.  This past year I realize I have my own story to share as well… In the first years of the Reindeer Fun Run our volunteers were mostly family and friends —  taking registrat...
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Susan’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

Crossing the finish line
My story... oh my. June 26, 2008 at about 9:36am, while on a mission trip in South Carolina with the youth from Pinehurst United Methodist Church, I climbed a ladder and was going to transfer onto scaffolding to paint the eaves of the house we were working on, but the transfer did not go according to plan and I fell to the ground.  Actually ended up on my bottom and looked out at my right leg a...
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Diontay’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

From Diontay, 2010 Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year Good evening everyone. My name is Diontay Isaac, and I am the 2010 Youth of the Year. I would like to first thank the Boys and Girls Club for nominating me as the Youth of the Year. This means a lot to me and my family. This award would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the members of this Club. These members are the reason why I...
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Sean’s Reindeer Fun Run Story

Reprinted with permission from http://incleanair.blogspot.com/2009/12/reindeer-fun-run-5k-race-report.html Monday, December 7, 2009 Reindeer Fun Run- 5k Race Report This Saturday morning can be described only as a full success. The day was drizzly but not raining and chilly but not cold. We lined up for the Reindeer Fun Run 5k, a dog friendly, costume friendly event and were off with the ...
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