Reindeer Run and Romp

1,505 runners/rompers raised $61,300!!! 





The 5K Reindeer Run and Romp is an evening event that utilizes downtown Newark, the University of Delaware campus and the James F. Hall Trail. The event is held on the same night as the City of Newark’s Department of Parks & Recreation "Winterfest" celebration. #ReindeerRunSODE on Twitter and Instagram


Date, time and location

Friday, December 6 at 7:00 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


Parking Map

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 volunteering for the event. Many downtown merchants are even offering discount coupons provided in participant goodie bags.


Awards Breakdown:

Male & Female: Overall

1st Place - Framed Award and Gore Running Wear™ Jacket

2nd Place - Framed Award and Gore Running Wear™ Vest

3rd Place - Framed Award and Gore Running Wear™ Accessories

1st Place Masters (40+) - Framed Award and Gore Running Wear™ Accessories


Framed Award & Gift Certificate for:

Male & Female 1st, 2nd & 3rd place (5 year age groups)

Age groups: (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+)


History of the event

In 2018, 1,505 participants raised more than $61,000. 

In its 13-year history the event has raised more than $536,000.


For more information contact Corrine Plummer at or 302-831-4796.

Presenting sponsor: BNY Mellon

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