PRINCETON — The annual Snowflake Christmas parade won’t be the only thing lighting up the streets of Princeton Saturday, Dec. 7. This year, the parade will be followed by the Gibson General Health Foundation’s fourth annual Reindeer Run at Lafayette Park.
The event features a timed 5K run, a one-mile run or walk and a children’s “Elf Dash.” Santa Claus will also make an appearance to start the races.
“We decided to try something a little different and work with the Gibson County Visitors & Tourism Bureau to piggyback off of the annual Christmas parade,” said LeAnn Cooper, the Gibson General Health Foundation’s executive director. “Families will already be out kicking off the Christmas season, and they can continue the festivities at the Reindeer Run.”
Historically, the event has been held in the morning and more than 100 participants come decked out in holiday gear – from ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal leggings, antlers and Santa hats. “We’re encouraging everyone to wear Christmas lights or anything that will brighten up the night in our first glow run,” added Cooper.
Organized by GGHF and Gibson General Hospital, the event is sponsored by Deaconess, Make Your Mark Custom Shirts & Apparel, First Bank, Old National Bank, Toyota Boshoku, Farm Bureau Insurance/Nathan Beloat, WRAY, Gibson County Visitors & Tourism Commission, Uniquely Michael’s Florist & Gifts, Michael & Dana Ledford, Steve Johnson and Sandy Dyer. Cooper said it is designed to encourage better health and wellness while helping to raise money for GGHF projects and activities that support the hospital.
The Reindeer Run is one of four fundraisers that GGHF holds each year including its golf classic, Mardi Gras Jazz Gala and its Christmas Tree of Remembrance.
“The Reindeer Run is a great way to get the entire family involved in promoting exercise while raising awareness of Gibson General Hospital and the Foundation,” said Cooper. “We invite everyone to join us after the parade and help us to light up the park and improve health care for our community!”
Awards and refreshments, including water and fruit, will be offered following the run.
Registration is $20 until Nov. 22 when the price increases to $25. Children ages 12 and under are free. All registrants receive a race t-shirt. To register, visit gibsongeneral.com/reindeerrun.
Cooper noted that Gibson General's president and CEO Claudia Eisenmann is the grand marshal of this year’s parade.