Reindeer Run Lifts Holiday Spirits!


Reindeer Run is raising money for the Mini-THON.

Luke Hand, Interviewer

The first ever Reindeer Run will be held on Dec 15, starting at 9 AM, and is a Christmas event to raise money for the Mini-THON. Participants can still register starting at 8 AM on the morning of the race when they show up to 23 McFarland St. in Newville.

Rebecca Fickel, senior, helped plan the event. “The idea was to make the fundraiser a big thing that would get a lot of money and the community involved, and 100% of the profit will go to Mini-THON.” This also includes a bake sale that’s happening at the event. The runners can get free fruits at the event, but the “goodies” have prices.

The original idea came from Allison Spencer, a senior. Her vision started in October with the first idea being, “People dressed up in elf costumes. It was going to be so funny for them to run around all over Newville.” Although Spencer has not been able to achieve the “elves running in Newville” she instead turned to the idea of doing the run on the Rails to Trails. The first 50 people to pre-register are guaranteed to get reindeer antlers to show their festive spirit.

Kelsey Hernjak, English teacher and one of the Student Council advisers, explained how to register for the event. “To preregister is $20 and is shown on Google forms. If you don’t pre-register for the event, you can register at the Rails and Trails at 8:00 am.”  There is a contest that will happen at the event, “If you are the first male or female to finish it, you will get a either a medal or certificate .” Age groups for the awards are 13 and under, 14-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 plus.

Student council, the Mini-THON Committee, and a few others have helped create this event. “It takes one person to come up with the idea, but it takes a team to achieve it,” said Spencer.