Get ready to lace up sneakers and put on those antlers for the second annual Melissa Middle School Reindeer Run.
The run will take place on Saturday Dec. 2, along the Melissa Chamber of Commerce’s A Night of Christmas Lights Parade route.
Organizer for the fun run Heidi Thompson said the run is less than a mile long and all the proceeds will go toward Rachel’s Challenge, an organization founded on promoting acts of kindness.
“It’s kind of about seeing the best in others and treating each other with kindness and starting your own chain reaction of kindness,” Thompson said.
Rachel’s Challenge was founded after the death of Rachel Joy Scott, the first person killed in the Columbine High School shooting.
Thompson said every year the middle school pays for people from the organization to speak at the school, and this holiday run will help pay for that.
“The organization is based around the story of this girl, who was an ordinary person but she did kind of amazing things that no one would have ever known about were it not for the tragedy,” Thompson said.
Scott’s story resonates with students, Thompson said, and they are able to make an emotional connection with Rachel’s acts of kindness that have lasted long after her death.
The run will begin at 5:15 at the intersection of Surrey Street and Cardinal Drive. Last year, Thompson said, 150 runners signed up for the run. This year organizers are hoping for 200 runners.
Reindeer antlers will be provided to all the runners, who are encouraged to wear Santa Claus suits. Thompson said she bought 250 antlers and she hopes to hand out all of them.
Individual registration for the run costs $10, and family registration, up to nine people, costs a total of $25.
In-person registration will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the run in the Melissa High School Cafeteria.