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Annual Reindeer Run 5K Race Coming December 3rd

With the colder weather returning to Buffalo, the once seemingly ubiquitous 5K races are not as common as they were during the summer. With the end of Daylight Savings Time, most of those races are held on weekends.  One of the most interesting of the winter races is the Reindeer Run, which is being held on Saturday, December 3rd.
The popular annual 5K race has a great course that takes you through the streets of north Buffalo and Forest Lawn Cemetery. At the end there’ll be a post-race part on the Medaille College Buffalo campus, with refreshments and free massages for runners  courtesy of the New York Institute. Non-runners can attend the party for $5.00 
This 17th annual Reindeer Run is sanctioned USAT&F certified, and proceeds benefit the Medaille College Department of Athletics.  
Reindeer Run quarter-zip windshirts are given to the first 625 registered runners. Last year there were nearly 700 registered runners, so be sure to get your application in early.  Awards will be presented to the top male and female runners, as well as special awards for Medaille students, alumni, and faculty/staff.
Donations of running shoes and sneakers will be accepted during the event to benefit Hearts for the Homeless in Buffalo. Located on Tonawanda Street, Hearts for the Homeless is committed to feeding and clothing poor and homeless men, women, and children in the City of Buffalo
The Reindeer Run is being held on Saturday, December 3, starting at 10 a.m.  It starts and ends at the Medaille College Buffalo campus, at the corner of Parkside Ave. and Rte. 198. Register by Nov. 30 online at or call (716) 880-2130. Individual entry fee is $20 pre-registration, $25 on day of the run.

Written by Tom Tarapacki

Tom Tarapacki

Tom Tarapacki is employed as the Director of Telecommunications, Utilities and Franchises for the City of Buffalo. His book, Chasing the American Dream, was published by Hippocrene Books, and his articles have appeared in a variety of local and national publications. He has written extensively about the history of pro sports in Western New York, particularly the Buffalo Bills, as well as local Polish American history. In addition, his areas of interest include recreation, fitness, and humor.

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