Reindeer running for a good cause; ‘Run Run Reindeer’ celebrates 5 years in Ivins

IVINS — With hundreds of runners decked out in reindeer antlers and Christmas sweaters, and with Santa Claus himself urging everyone on to greater heights, the fifth annual “Run Run Reindeer” 10K, 5K, and a children’s 1-mile run went off without a hitch Saturday morning in Ivins.

A 10K, 5K and kids mile run were held in Ivins Saturday to benefit Toys for Tots, Ivins, Utah, Dec. 5, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News
A 10K, 5K and kids 1-mile run in Ivins Saturday benefits Toys for Tots, Ivins, Utah, Dec. 5, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

The family-friendly race was led by Steve and Kendra Hooper of Red Mountain Running, the racing entity of the St. George Running Center. The Hoopers took over the race three years ago, and they have watched participation grow each year.

The race benefits Toys for Tots, with the entry fee for the kids 1-mile run being a new unwrapped toy for the toy drive. All of the runners were encouraged to donate as well.

The Toys for Tots program collects and distributes toys for families in need of extra help over the holidays.

Last year, the event collected between 300 and 400 toys, and Hooper expects to match that number with this year’s event.

Families who are in need and want help can log onto the Toys for Tots website and fill out an application.

 

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