Reindeer Romp set to begin

Published 7:42 pm Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Santa’s reindeer fly through the sky, but Selma’s reindeer run through town, or rather, they romp.

The Reindeer Romp is set for this Saturday and Bill Potter, race director, said he couldn’t be more excited.

“We’re expecting a warm Saturday morning so hopefully race day registration will be better than last year and we can get a few more people out,” Potter said.

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Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Bloch Park pavilion on Marina Drive and the race begins at 9 a.m. However, people can still pre-register by getting a form at Vaughan Fitness Center or the YMCA of Selma.

Potter said about 40 people have already pre-registered but he’s hoping to have anywhere from 80 to 100 participants the day of the race.

“We’ve just been working to get people signed up and spreading the word the best we can,” he said. “If we have another 40 people show up in addition to the 40 that have already signed up, that would be a good day.”

The romp will consist of a 5k fun run or walk through New Live Oak Cemetery and end through Rowell Avenue back at the Bloch Park pavilion.

Tammy Helms, race co-director, said she encourages everyone to come out and participate because not only will the race be fun, but it also supports a worthy cause.

“It’s just a great cause,” Helms said. “We appreciate everyone who comes out and supports this.”

Proceeds from the race will benefit the Christian Outreach Alliance Food Pantry and Living in Hope Cancer Transportation Service.

Last year, Potter said more than $400 was raised for the food pantry, and he expects that amount to increase this year.

“Especially around the holiday season, this is something great to do for the less fortunate,” Potter said.

A prize will also be given to those who wear the most festive outfit to the race.

“We’ll have a category for best dressed adult and best child age 13 and under,” he said.

Cost for adults is $15 and children 13 and younger are $10.

“This is a great way to get out and exercise while also supporting a good cause,” Potter said.