Reindeer Run and Romp

Hundreds kick off the holiday season each year by running or romping in the Reindeer Run, held as part of the City of Newark's Winterfest.

Hundreds kick off the holiday season each year by running or romping in the Reindeer Run, held as part of the City of Newark's Winterfest.

The 5K Reindeer Run and Romp, held annually on the first Friday of December, is an evening event that utilizes downtown Newark, the University of Delaware campus and the James F. Hall Trail. The event, sponsored by BNY Mellon, is held on the same night as the City of Newark’s Department of Parks & Recreation "Winterfest" celebration.

 

Date, time and location

Friday, December 5, 2014.

Race start is 7 p.m. at the Aetna Fire Station, located on the corner of Delaware Avenue and Academy Street in Newark.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. However, you can still register ($30) using the Walk-Up Registration form during the Early Packet Pick-Up and Walk-Up Registration times listed below. (Note: Walk-Up registrants will receive their T-shirt post-race.)

Early Packet Pick-Up Schedule and Walk-Up Registration

Take advantage of Early Packet Pick-Up.  Pick up race packets for your family and friends with a completed waiver form

AND/OR sign up yourself or others with the Walk-Up Registration form.

If you bring an accurately filled out and signed waiver form for someone else, you will be able to pick up their race packet (bib number, T-shirt, merchant coupons, etc.)
Parents may pick up their children's packet by signing the waiver form for their children under the age of 18.  However, if you are picking up for your spouse or someone else age 18 and older, you must bring their pre-signed waiver form.  Please call the office at 302-831-4653 or email info@sode.org if you have any questions.

Schedule for Early Packet Pick-Up and Walk-Up Registration

Wed., Dec. 3: 11:00am to 1:00pm and 5:00 to 7:00pm, Delaware Running Co. in Greenville
Thu., Dec. 4:  8:00am to 7:00pm, SODE office in Newark
Fri., Dec. 5:  8:00am to 1:00pm, SODE office in Newark
Fri., Dec. 5:  5:00pm, Race location: Aetna Fire Station (corner of Delaware Ave & Academy St)
 

Information about the event

Map of route

Comcast Newsmakers segment

The 5k Reindeer Run is a competitive, timed run with awards given for all age categories. Gore Running Wear™ sponsors the chip timing and is providing the prizes for the 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place male and female overall finishers and the 1st-place finishers in the masters division.

The Reindeer Romp/fun walk is the perfect way for families to support the wonderful cause. The Romp begins shortly after the start of the 5k Run and takes place on the same 5k course.

The event has been embraced by the City of Newark and the University of Delaware community, with various businesses, clubs, sororities and organizations volunteerting for the event. Many downtown merchants are even offering discount coupons provided in participant goodie bags.

Prize breakdown:

1st place overall male and female: Framed award and Gore Running Wear Essential SO jacket

2nd place overall male and female: Framed award and Gore Running Wear Mythos SO tights (men); X-Running SO Lady Pants (women)

3rd place overall male and female: Framed award and Gore Running Wear Mythos SO gloves (men); Air SO gloves (women)

1st place overall Masters (40+): Framed award and Gore Running Wear™ jackets: Essential AS (men); Magnitude AS (women)

Age category winners: (9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+)

1st, 2nd & 3rd place: Framed award and SAS cupcake certificate

Answers to common questions:

1. Children may participate in the Reindeer Romp without registering, but will not receive the goodies that registered rompers do.

2. We discourage dogs from attending either the run or the romp for the safety of the animals and the participants.

 

History of the event

In 2013, 1,142 participants raised more than $51,000.

In its eight-year history the event has raised more than $241,000.

Results

2013 results for Special Olympics Divisions

2013 Reindeer Run Photo Gallery

For more information contact Lisa Smith at 302-831-3482 or lismith@udel.edu.