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RiverTown Reindeer Race to Benefit Red Cross

Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, November 6, 2013 – The annual RiverTown Reindeer Race, in downtown Conway on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 a.m., will benefit the Red Cross Rescue Racer program. The 5 K (3.1 mile) event is directed by the Grand Strand Running Club.

Racers, which include runners and walkers of all ages, will receive awards presented to the top three overall male and female finishers, as well as the top three finishers in each age category. Entry fee is $22 before Dec. 6 and $25 on race day with registration held from 7-7:45 a.m. at the Conway Marina Park on 2nd Avenue. Pre-registered participants will receive a specially designed Reindeer Race T-shirt as long as supplies last. Register online at www.grandstrandrunner.com or contact Race Director Dr. Jim Troxell at drjtroxell@gmail.com.

Both runners and walkers are encouraged to participate in this fun race filled with jingle bells and holiday music provided by Gator 107.9. Bring the family and your Santa hat, elf ears or reindeer antlers and join the fun. Mile Marker and other sponsorships are still available. For information about sponsorships, contact Red Cross Rescue Racer Program Manager Angela Nicholas at aknicholas@sc.rr.com, 650-0145 or race founder Susan Mungo, 602-7556.

The Red Cross Rescue Racers is the only official charity training team of the Myrtle Beach Marathon and consists of individuals training to run or walk the half (13.1 miles) or full (26.2 miles) Myrtle Beach Marathon Feb. 15, 2014. In exchange for the professional training received, each member agrees to raise money for the Red Cross. The Coastal SC Chapter of the American Red Cross serves Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties.

The Coastal SC Chapter is part of the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross which on average responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours. Since January 1, 2013, the Palmetto SC Region has responded to the needs of more than 1,300 families and 4,000 individuals affected by disaster.

The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross Chapters that span 35-counties of South Carolina.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit Redcross.org.