Parks & Rec

Posted on: October 31, 2017

Reindeer Run features 5K and 10K races for runners and walkers

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The 33rd Annual Reindeer Run is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2. The event offers a competitive 10K run, 10K walk, 5K run and 5K walk. The races begin at 9 a.m. at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center at 807 N. Missouri Ave.

Participants in the various races will compete in nine age divisions in men’s and women’s categories. Age divisions are 10 and under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60-70, and 70 and over. Overall male and female winners in each race will receive awards. First- through third-place finishers will receive medals in each age group. An award will be given to the best “Christmassy” outfit and drawings for various items will be conducted after the races. T-shirts will be given to all participants.

“The turnout is always great, just a good wholesome fitness activity,” said event organizer Sara Hall of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. “It’s events like this that show the importance of recreation and fitness to our area. There’s nothing quite like it.”

The Reindeer Run is sponsored by Rio Pecos Medical Associates and the Roswell Parks and Recreation Department. Additional sponsors are Noisy Water Artwear, Peppers Grill and Bar, and Kindred Spirits Art.

Entry forms are available at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center or online at www.active.com. Pre-registration is taking place until race day. Registration on race day will be from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center. Packet pick-up will be Friday, Dec. 1, at the center from 4 to 6 p.m. or on race day morning from 7 to 8 a.m. Rio Pecos Medical Associates will be on hand to offer free glucose and cholesterol screening tests on race day from 7 to 8 a.m. Blood-pressure checks will also be available. If participating in the glucose/cholesterol testing, participants need to fast beginning the previous evening and fill out paperwork attached to the entry form.

Pre-registration is $30 plus a can of food for a local food bank (the specific food bank the donations will go to is still being determined). On race day, registration is $35 plus a can of food for the food bank. Anyone who registers and pays online should bring the can of food when picking up his or her packet.

For more information, call (575) 624-6719 or send a message on the Facebook page of Roswell Parks and Recreation.


Reindeer Run Arts and Crafts Fair

The Roswell Adult and Recreation Center this year will be hosting its first Reindeer Run Arts and Crafts Fair. It is set for Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Interested artisans and vendors can sign up at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center at 807 N. Missouri Ave. Cost to participate is $10 per eight-foot table. Space is limited. There is no admission fee for visitors to the event.

“You can pretty much get a gift for somebody and know they won’t have it,” show coordinator Sara Hall said, referring to the unique handcrafted items expected to be available at the arts and crafts fair. “There will be one-of-a-kind items, including jewelry, ornaments, glass-blown decorations, paintings and clothing.”

For more information or to reserve a booth, call (575) 624-6718 or send a message on the Roswell Parks and Recreation Facebook page.  

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