Milford XC Hosts 21st Stampede


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 30 at 10am, will now mark the 21st 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.

“This event is special to the community and our cross country team because of the long-lasting tradition among our families. Going into its 21st year, the Reindeer Stampede has become a staple event to start the holiday season,” said Milford Cross Country Coach Lance Skinner. “Hundreds of runners and walkers support the Stampede, benefiting the team for years to come. We believe the new location of Killens Pond will be better for parking and course safety.”

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 girls team finished the season 9-3 after earning top three spots at the county and conference meets. Milford was led by four All Conference girls. With a team comprised of eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders, it is a top contender for years to come. The Bucs were led by eighth-grade sensation Faith Mitchell, who broke a 27-year-old school record earlier in the season.  The boys finished the regular season 6-5 and hope to see continued improvement next year. They were led by Dale Ostermann and Conor Sylvester, who both were named to the All Kent County Team. 

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