Hundreds of runners cut through frigid air

Reindeer Run in Olympia raises money for Crime Stoppers

rboone@theolympian.comDecember 9, 2013 

About 300 runners took part in the second annual Reindeer Run on Sunday, a 5K fundraiser for Olympia/Thurston County Crime Stoppers.

And though the race featured humans of all ages, it was more fitting for a reindeer — the temperature was in the low 20s when the race started at 9 a.m.

It wasn’t any warmer when the overall winner, Noah Murray of Olympia, crossed the finish line about 17 minutes later. Claudia Copeland of Olympia was seconds behind him.

But it was all for a good cause. The runners paid a $30 registration fee to raise money for Crime Stoppers, a volunteer-run organization that passes along tips to law enforcement. Those with tips that solve crimes can be rewarded with up to $1,000, said John Martin, co-chairman of the race and a longtime Crime Stoppers board member.

Martin also spent 25 years with the Washington State Patrol.

The origins of the race began with a similar race, the Race Against Crime, which took place in Lacey during the summer, he said.

Because no signature run occurred in December, organizers decided to switch the event, aiming to make it a regular run in the early part of the month, Martin said.

Sunday’s race began and ended at the Hands On Children’s Museum in Olympia.

Murray, an Olympia High School student, finished ninth in the first Reindeer Run. It was much warmer last year, with temperatures in the 40s, he said.

“It’s a good race to test myself,” said Murray, who runs cross-country and track for Olympia High.

Copeland, the women’s winner Sunday, also was the top female runner last year.

Originally from Romania, she began running four years ago after taking a break from the sport. She now participates in about a run per month. Her next stop is Bend, Ore., she said.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403

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