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Runners to take to the streets for FA Key Club’s annual Reindeer Run on Sunday

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — In conjunction with the Dover-Foxcroft Hometown Holidays celebration, the Foxcroft Foxcroft Key Club will present the sixth annual Reindeer Run 5K on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. with registration from noon to 12:45 p.m. Registration forms are available at www.foxcroftacademy.org.

The 3.1-mile route, which can also be walked, starts by the Foxcroft Academy Student Center (east entrance). The
relatively flat course goes through the town and entrants can take part in exchange for a donation of toys or money.

All proceeds will benefit community Christmas projects. The Foxcroft Academy Key Club is sponsoring the charity event to raise money to help the children in area communities to have a Merry Christmas.

Cookies, water, hot chocolate and more will be available after the race. The top male and female runners will receive a Christmas stocking filled with goodies and organizers will also conduct a drawing for two more Christmas stockings.

A Foxcroft Academy Key Club member founded the Reindeer Run in 2012. Initially, it was created to raise funds to buy children in impoverished families Christmas presents, but when more pressing issues arose a portion of the funds were allocated to those issues.

The first year a 3-year-old was diagnosed with cancer. Her family of five was struggling emotionally and financially. The Key Club decided a large portion of the fund would be donated to this family by purchasing presents for the three children and giving gift cards for food and gas to the parents.

In the second year, two sisters’ (both Foxcroft Academy students) home burned just days before the run. Again, the majority of the funds were given to family to help with expenses and Christmas.

Observer file photo/Stuart Hedstrom
PUTTING THEIR HOOVES TO PAVEMENT — The sixth annual Reindeer Run 5K will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 on the campus of Foxcroft Academy. The event is organized by the Foxcroft Academy Key Club to benefit area families in need for the holidays. Last year 10 runners and about a dozen walkers took part.

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