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Cold weather doesn’t slow Reindeer Romp

Dylan Smitherman and Jacob Hughey cross the finish line during the first Reindeer Romp. More than 60 runners and walkers gathered despite chilly temperatures to participate. -- Rick Couch

Cold weather couldn’t keep Christmas spirits down Saturday morning, as more than 60 runners and walkers participated in the first Reindeer Romp 5K Fun Run and Walk.

The event, which benefited the Selma Christian Outreach Alliance Food Pantry, was a pleasant surprise for organizers, director Bill Potter said.

“We had 66, so we felt pretty good about that,” he said. “For the first time, we are happy with that. We had a little more than 40 pre-register, so we had a lot of people come in this morning to participate.”

Though conditions were not quite ideal for a run, Potter said everyone left with a smile.

“Considering how cold it was this morning, we were happy with the turnout,” he said. “Everybody seemed to like the course and have a really good time.”

Sam Gardner took the overall title with a time of 19:10. She was followed in the women’s division by Janie Mothershed at 23:38 and Tara Jones at 23:56.

Benjamin Smith took top honors in the men’s division with a time of 20:48. Joe Weaver followed with a time of 20:59, and Larry Roe at 22:10. The run was inspired by the October Paint the Town Pink 5k.

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