Berlin’s 7th Annual Reindeer Run

(Dec. 4, 2014) The town of Berlin will host its seventh annual Reindeer Run on Saturday, Dec. 6. The 5K will start at 9 a.m. and the one-mile run will begin at 10 a.m.

“This event is a very family-friendly, spirited event,” said Lisa Rodriguez-Long, run coordinator.

Long started the Reindeer Run in 2008. Seventy-five runners participated that first year. Last year 300 competed.

“I thought Berlin was such a cool town to do a reindeer run,” Long said. “Berlin does a great job decorating every year.”

There will be prizes awarded to the top finishers in each age group, and two Burley Oak growlers will be awarded to the top man and woman. Winners must be 21 years or older to receive the growlers.

In 2013, David Rovensek of Berlin won for the sixth consecutive year, and Lauren Buckman from Ocean City won her second title.

The team with the largest number of participants will also be awarded a prize. Last year team, “Weight Watchers,” won with 100 participants.

“Their team was larger than the first year’s race,” Long said.

Participants can register at CrossFit OC on Grays Corner Road in Berlin, from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5 and in front of the Atlantic Hotel on Main Street in Berlin from 8-8:30 a.m. Saturday. Registration costs $25 and includes a shirt and bag.

During the event there will be a bake sale, basket raffle and Christmas spirit contest. The Christmas Spirit contest is at 9:45 a.m. and race awards and basket raffle is set for 10:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Long at 443-614-4319.

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