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History of the Reindeer Fun Run

“It all started because of what we awoke to see and hear on a chilly December morning back in 2006. We were in Charleston for a visit and stumbled upon their Reindeer Run. We saw joggers dressed as Christmas presents, kids dressed like Santa, dogs dressed like elves, and more people in antlers than you could imagine. What was all this craziness? As we talked to spectators along the route we learned that this was their Reindeer Run! My husband and I looked at each other and realized at that moment we shared the very same thought – this needs to happen in our community! And that’s how it began.

We reached out to Trident Marketing who agreed to be our “Jolly Old Saint Nick” sponsor so we could begin our event. We knew the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills needed all the support they could get and determined that they would be the charity we support.  We continue to do so this year with hopes reaching a new hight for donations every year.   Neither my husband nor I were runners and we had a lot to learn. We formed a committee of amazing folks and worked for months and months to learn about organizing a race. We set a lofty goal of 400 runners for our first year and hit the mark. By 2009 we hit nearly 900 participants. We added a 10k (which expanded to the 12ks of Christmas) in hopes of reaching even more runners.  It worked and we became the county’s largest race, now with over 2,500 participants!  The community support is amazing.  And all because of the hard work of the folks in Charleston and what we saw that day. Their event inspired us to act. So, every year beginning in January, we begin the hard work and planning for the next year. With nearly 150 volunteers, it’s best if we get a jump start.  In our 5th year, we moved our race just down the road from Southern Pines to Aberdeen.  They welcomed us with open arms and community and business leaders have been very helpful and thoughtful in how we can surpass even the loftiest of goals.”

Kate Petsolt
TeamGreen, Inc dba Reindeer Fun Run

TeamGreen, Inc. is a Southern Pines, NC based 501(c)3 non-profit charity. Our mission is to raise awareness and funds for area causes, as well as those national organizations that touch our community. Every year we host the annual Reindeer Fun Run in Aberdeen, NC to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sandhills. Neighbors Feeding Neighbors is our latest mission to extend help to those in immediate need of meals due to the impact of COVID-19.


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Below are some photos of our very first run in 2007.

The start of the first Reindeer Fun Run
Ready… set… go! I think that’s how we started it.
Sponsor Steve Baldelli of Trident and daughter
David Petsolt with daughter–she is now an avid 5ker
Ann Owen and Kate Petsolt were co-Race Directors of the first Reindeer Fun Run
Santa arrived in style year one!
The very first poster–we didn’t have any of our own photos yet
Great costumes from the beginning
FirstHealth has been a supporter since the beginning
The kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs have been at every event



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