Sponsored by BNY Mellon and held in conjunction with the City of Newark’s Department of Parks & Recreation "Winterfest" celebration - held annually the first Friday in December - the Reindeer Run and Romp is an evening event that utilizes downtown Newark, the University of Delaware campus and the James F. Hall Trail.
Aetna Fire Station, located on the corner of Delaware Avenue and Academy Street in Newark.
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.
1st place overall male and female: Framed award and Gore Running Wear™ Magnitude III jacket
2nd place overall male and female: Framed award and Gore Running Wear™ Essential AS pants
3rd place overall male and female: Framed award and Gore Running Wear™ Mythos gloves
1st place overall Masters (40+): Framed award and Gore Running Wear™ Mythos gloves
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.
3. In the event of extremely inclement weather, the city's Winterfest might be postponed, and if it is, the run/romp will be as well. That information would be posted on our website as soon as a decision is made.
In 2011, a record 1,073 people of all ages helped raise over $38,000 for Special Olympics Delaware.
In its six-year history the event has raised over $145,000.