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4th Annual Tampa Bay Lightning Reindeer Run & Family Holiday Festival Set For Saturday, December 13

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA BAY – The 4th Annual Tampa Bay Lightning Reindeer Run and Family Holiday Festival comes to the St. Pete Times Forum Saturday (December 13) starting at 8 a.m. The Reindeer Run, presented by University Community Health, features a 5K (USATF certified, Champion Chip timed), a 1-mile Fun Run and kids races. Other sponsors include Subway, Tires Plus, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, Suncoast for Kids Foundation, Lifestyle Family Fitness, Marathon, Franklin’s Printing, Sun Sports, Go Momma, St. Petersburg Times, Dick's Sporting Goods, Sweetbay Supermarket, Crocs, Ringling Bros., U.S. Foodservice, Fast Signs, Zephyrhills, Feet First, Costco, Caspers Company, YMCA, Smoothie King, and the City of Tampa.

Lightning Community Ambassador Dave Andreychuk will be available to sign autographs for anyone who brings an unwrapped toy to benefit Metropolitan Ministries. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lightning Foundation and Epilepsy Charities.

Participants will each receive a T-shirt and 5K awards will be given to the top three males and females, top Masters male and female and standard five-year age groups from 8-under through 75+. The first 500 kids to register will receive two complimentary tickets to the Ringling Bros. Circus and the first 150 kids to register in the kids races will receive Crocs shoes courtesy of Crocs.  

Check in and late registration will take place from 6-7:30 a.m., with the 5K set for 8 a.m. The 1-mile Fun Run/Walk will start at 9 a.m., followed by the Kids Races at 9:30 a.m. The Family Holiday Festival will run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the Chrysler/Jeep Plaza at the St. Pete Times Forum and will feature entertainment by local artists, Keely Marshal and Brock Storm.  Jackie’s Dance Studio, the Academy Prep Tampa Gospel Choir and Dana Lamar will also perform.  The plaza will be filled with games and interactive booths as well as a holiday workshop for children to make presents for family and friends.  Melitta Coffee, Abbotts Custard and Smoothie King will also be on hand to provide coffee and frozen treats for race participants.    

Parking is available for $5 in the South Regional City Garage, adjacent to the St. Pete Times Forum. Packet pick-up and late registration is available on Friday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the St. Pete Times Forum plaza.  To register, click here (before 12/11) or, for more information, call 813.301.6590.

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