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.
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.