Reindeer Romp offers holiday cheer for runners

The annual Reindeer Romp and North Pole Stroll will start at 4 p.m. Dec. 17 at the corner of Main Street and Orchard Avenue

Hannah Grover

FARMINGTON — Each year, more than 100 participants line up at Orchard Park for the Reindeer Romp and North Pole Stroll.

Karen Georgina, left, Amiee Georgina, Jesure Eaton and Jaclyn DeKay leave the starting line during the 2014 Reindeer Romp in Farmington. This year's event takes place on Dec. 17.

The 5k race or 2-mile walk is one of two holiday-centered fun runs that occur in downtown Farmington. The other race, the Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble, focuses on Thanksgiving.

The fifth annual Christmas-oriented Reindeer Romp and North Pole Stroll will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday Dec. 17, and early registration ends next week. The early registration is $15 and goes through Wednesday. People who register on Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 will have to pay an extra $10. Gwen Johnson, the administrative aide at Farmington Recreation Center, said registration ends at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Participants can then pick up their packets starting at 3 p.m. that day at the Farmington Recreation Center, 1101 Fairgrounds Road.

As of this afternoon, 59 people had registered for the event, Johnson said.

The family-friendly event not only involves walking or running. Children will have the opportunity to see Santa Claus and play winter carnival games. There will also be live holiday music, hot chocolate, hot apple cider and cookies.

Christa Romme, a spokeswoman for Farmington's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department, said the Reindeer Romp will be fairly similar to previous years' events. She said it is a "good way to get outdoors" and "work off holiday pounds."

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

If you go

What: Reindeer Romp and North Pole Stroll

When: 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17

Where: Orchard Park at the corner of Orchard Avenue and Main Street

Cost: $15 before Wednesday


Packet pickup: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Farmington Recreation Center, 1101 Fairgrounds Road

More info: 505-599-1184