Milford High School Cross Country has opened registrations for the 25th Annual Reindeer Stampede, planned for Saturday, November 25. The 5k benefits the cross country team, according to Coach Lance Skinner.
“The funds are used to purchase gear we may need, like we sometimes buy shoes for team members,” Skinner said. “We also do an annual scholarship that pays for invitationals. It basically funds the cross country team with everything we do. This year will be special because it is the 25th year.”
The Reindeer Stampede has become a fall holiday tradition for many. The event takes place at Killen’s Pond State Park and pre-registration costs $20 while the day of the race, registration is $25. Attendees must pay the $4 park entrance fee as well.
Friends and family of the cross country team formed a Booster’s Club in 1998 and set out to create a fundraising race. The Reindeer Stampede was the result of a vision to help raise funds for the team in keeping with the “running” aspect. Over the years, funds have been used to purchase shirts, running sweats, state championship jackets and a display clock for the running teams at Milford High School.
Those who register before November 19 are guaranteed a long-sleeve t-shirt to commemorate the event, something Skinner says have been very popular over the years.
“Although we do sometimes have shirts for those who register the day of, we can’t guarantee them,” Skinner said. “To guarantee a shirt, we highly suggest you register in advance. We also do unique reindeer trophies for the top three in each age group. They get a wooden reindeer trophy that is actually made in the high school woodshop.”
Sponsorships are also available and range from $100 to $500. A sponsorship form can be downloaded here. Registration for the race is being handled by Races2Run.com. Those who prefer to mail their registration can do so by downloading a form here, printing and mailing the form to Coach Lance Skinner, Milford High School Cross Country, 1019 North Walnut Street, Milford DE 19963. Any questions can be directed to Skinner at [email protected].
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