10th annual Reindeer Run and Romp

1,305 runners and rompers raised more than $53,000!!!!



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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.

Supporting sponsors include Capital One (entertainment), Gore Running Wear (prizes) and WJBR (radio).

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Date, time and location

Friday, December 2, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Aetna Fire Station, located on the corner of Delaware Avenue and Academy Street in Newark.


Information about the event

Map of route


WJBR's "Focus on Delaware Valley" about the Reindeer Run

Comcast Newsmakers segment

The 5k Reindeer Run is a competitive, chip-timed run with awards given for all age categories. Gore Running Wear™ sponsors 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.

Festive entertainment, sponsored by Capital One, is provided before, during and after the run. AND there is a holiday costume contest. Whether you break out that "ugly" sweater or dress up as St. Nick himself.

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 jacket

2nd place overall male and female: Framed award and Gore Running Wear tights/pants

3rd place overall male and female: Framed award and Gore Running Wear gloves

1st place overall Masters (40+): Framed award and Gore Running Wearjackets

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.


History of the event

In 2015, 1,305 participants raised more than $53,000.

Results - 2014

In its 10-year history the event has raised more than $344,000.

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

2015 Reindeer Run Costume Contest winners

Haleigh Butterfield


Left to right: Norma Locke, Patty Locke, Courtney Ryan-Pierce, and Tori Pierce