Reindeer Stampede Celebrates 20 years


In friendly partnership with the Delaware Nature Society, DNREC and the folks at Abbotts Mill Nature Center, Milford High School Cross Country has begun their ninth season competing at the scenic and challenging five-kilometer home course site, which is open to the public at the Milford Millponds Nature Preserve near Abbotts Mill and Blairs Pond.

Back in 1998, friends and family members of the MHSCC team formed a boosters club and set out to establish the lone benefit race, the Reindeer Stampede 5K run or one-mile walk. This Thanksgiving weekend, November 24 at 10:15am, will now mark the 20th annual running of the Stampede, and boosters hope to match their record number of more than 300 runners. Each year, through the success of the Reindeer Stampede 5K and help of the boosters, they have raised enough funds to purchase T-shirts, running sweats, state championship jackets and even a wonderful display clock for the MHS running teams, including the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.

“We are excited to carry on this Saturday after Thanksgiving tradition,” said Milford Cross Country Coach Lance Skinner. “This race has a long history of bringing out families to burn some calories after Thanksgiving and enjoy unique wooden trophies along with Holiday Music.”



Over the years, the school board-approved boosters club has formed a solid foundation, and the team asks folks to support the Milford Cross Country, to help keep it going strong. To show appreciation, the boosters will give sponsors and participants long-sleeve Reindeer Stampede 5K race T-shirts emblazoned with each sponsor’s/company’s name. Last year, more than 300 people got the shirts and now routinely wear them in the community.

The Stampede proceeds benefit the Cross Country Team Boosters where purchases are made for team attire and outfitting any teammates with equipment such as shoes if needed. Registration can be found on and We are also seeking sponsors and those forms can be found on the site. Sponsors will have their name displayed on the back of the events Long sleeve shirts.

This year’s cross country team is largely underclassmen and Coach Skinner looks forward to a great season. The Varsity girls, composed of all freshmen, finished 7th out of 23 teams at the Tidewater Invitational in Salisbury this week. The boys Varsity team, primarily underclassman, finished 8th out of 23 teams this week. “We are really excited about the future of MHSCC with our current talent and those still to come up from the Middle School program,” said Skinner.

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