Fun Run Winner – Reese Couture
1st place – Will Ferguson
2nd place – Jared Plant
3rd place – Rusty Ivey
1st place – Rachel Green
2nd place – Logan Parish
3rd place – Kathy Musick
Most Outrageous Costume – Parker Gilow
One participant, Mary Kaplan, entered with a special goal in mind – to complete a 5K in each county in Texas. The 73-year-old runner has already completed races in more than 130 Texas counties and traveled from her home on Lake LBJ, west of Austin, to add Upshur County to her list. “One of my other goals for running races is to be a role model for the younger folks,” Kaplan said of her dedication to running.
Proceeds from the Reindeer Run will help Alpha Nu Epsilon sponsor a needy family for Christmas, provide college scholarships for high school seniors and sponsor a student in the Gilmer ISD Backpack Program, as well as provide donations to various community events.
“We want to thank everyone who participated in our event. We are blessed with an amazing community of people who are always willing to come out and help raise money for those in need,” said race coordinator Mary Jane Ham. “We already can’t wait to do it again next year and have plans to make it even bigger and better.”