Reindeer Invade Downtown Anchorage
Thousands of residents and visitors from across the nation filled the streets of downtown Anchorage for the fourth annual “Rondy Running of the Reindeer."
Warmer temperatures than last year brought thousands of onlookers and over 1,500 runners of all ages who participated in the Running of the Reindeer.
The event was created back in 2008 by local radio hosts, and helps raise money for Toys for Tots.
Hundreds of runners returned as veterans with strategies in mind to beat the reindeer.
“I’m just going to stay in front of somebody else,” Anchorage runner Evan Hall said.
While others braved the race for the first time, for a chance to run two blocks down 4th Avenue while being chased by a over a dozen reindeer.
“I’m pleasantly pleased that it’s a lot warmer than it was last year, because last year and the year before, we totally froze,” Anchorage runner Darlene Lime said.
The unique Alaskan event wasn't complete without colorful and unusual costumes, which have become part of the race since it began.
“This year I was trying to find a group that we could all do together, and we agreed on the Austin Powers theme,” Anchorage runner Jodie Dominguez said.
“Waldo always shows up, everyone always takes pictures of the Fur Rondy and the reindeer, and I think it would be fun for people to find Waldo in their pictures,” Lime said.
It was an event for families to let loose and have fun, while raising money for a good cause.