Holiday Square and the Reindeer Run warms the spirit

By Eric Valdez Nov 25, 2013

Thank you to all who braved the cold on Sunday for our Reindeer Run and Holiday Square celebration. Runners raised $7,380 for Wyoming Medical Center Foundation's Angel Cancer Care Program, more than twice what was raised last year.

Hunter Davila and Amanda Beaver won the individual race. Team winners were Regan Diller, Kramer Hirz, and Dan Uresk. Team "12 Days of Christmas" won best costume.

It all started with a 5K run that brought 294 adults, kids, strollers and dogs out to support the Angels.  It ended with a countdown to zero as the 73,000 christmas lights flicked on shorty after 5:15 p.m.

By Friday, 150 Reindeer Run registrations had been collected. That number doubled on race day. The race began at 4 p.m. with walkers and runners dressed and bundled up for the chilly temperatures. Hot chocolate and cookies were provided to the racers as they finished the race and joined the growing crowd of Casperites enjoying their own hot chocolate and cookies served by the Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army volunteers (Robert King, John Potter, Tara Robbins, Asten Hejke, Debbie Mestas, Isabel Garner and Juan Paz) served hot chocolate and cookies to visitors at the 2013 Holiday Square tree lighting ceremony.

The Salvation Army volunteers (Robert King, John Potter, Tara Robbins, Asten Hejke, Debbie Mestas, Isabel Garner and Juan Paz) served hot chocolate and cookies to visitors at the 2013 Holiday Square tree lighting ceremony.

A special thank you to the Salvation Army who joined ranks with the City of Casper and Wyoming Medical Center and other sponsors in this year's Holiday Square celebration.  They served 2,000 cups of hot chocolate and gave away 1,000 cookies during the annual event held in Conwell Park.

In this short video, the holiday crowd grows in anticipation of the countdown to turning the lights on for the 2013 Holiday Square tree lighting ceremony.

See below for pictures from the Reindeer Run prior to the lights coming on.

 

Team Run for God: Jackie McDonald, Brena and James Short, April Crow, Maria Parkinson, Chris Whetham ans Carola Cowan

Team Run for God: Jackie McDonald, Brena and James Short, April Crow, Maria Parkinson, Chris Whetham ans Carola Cowan

The Tannenbaum Trotters picture

Sandy Hoppe, Jessie Boodleman, Megan Smith, Phylicia Nieft
Jenn Schmidt, Angie Mehrens, Abby Holwegner

Reindeer Run team picture

Whitney Grant, Sara Urban, Jennifer Pruitt, Kylee Loutas, Echo Smith, Kristen Getter, Drew Barton

Reindeer Run Team Antlers photo

Team Antlers: Lori Dahlke, Louise Jaskowak, Terri Arnell

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