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RUN RUDOLPH RUN! Reindeer Run to benefit local kids & pantries

An ode to the Peekskill Reindeer Run

Twas the 3rd weekend before Christmas,
and all through the City,
The runners were ready,
Wearing costumes, a bit giddy

The donations and gifts,
were all brought from the heart,
They donated them to the Reindeer Run,
HEY Rudolph! The race is about to start!

The Salvation Army,
will distribute the Toys,
local Pantries pass along the food,
it will make the Holiday full of warmth and Joys

Come dressed as a Snowman,
a Reindeer or Elf,
Costumes are welcome
and so is that Elf on a Shelf!

There is no rain date,
so come as you are,
it’s only .75 miles,
it’s really not that far!

Peekskill Police & Fire,
will be serving hot cocoa and goodies,
get photos with Santa and Rudolph,
don’t forget to enjoy some cookies

The warmth you will receive,
when you join the 3rd annual Reindeer Run,
will make your heart double in size
Oh there goes Rudolph, the race just begun!

So come on down to the Central Firehouse
On December the 2nd,
join the 3rd annual Reindeer Run
and make a child’s Christmas dreams become a memory of legend

The 2nd Annual Reindeer Run photo courtesy of Dan Dennehy


The 3rd Annual Reindeer Run will be held on Saturday Dec. 2, 2023 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at the City of Peekskill Central Firehouse. Registration is free with the donation of a toy. However, if you are not the running type, but would still like to be a legend maker, you can donate non-perishable food or toys prior to the run and stay to cheer on the runners. Donations are being accepted any day from 9:00am to 6:00pm until the day of the race.  Stay afterwards and meet Santa and Rudolph. This family fun event also has prizes afterwards for the Merriest, the Brightest, and the Best Theme Specific costumes for runners.  

The Reindeer Run starts and ends at the Firehouse. The course route travels across Park St. to Division St., turns left at the Gazebo, then travels up South Division St. to Broad St and turns back down Broad St back to the Firehouse. 

Toys that are donated will go to the Peekskill Salvation Army and the food donated will go to local food banks such as the Assumption Food Bank or the Let it Shine Food Pantry in Verplanck. 

The event is sponsored by the Hudson Valley Irish Center & Fest in cooperation with the Peekskill St Patrick’s Committee with the support of the Peekskill Police Department, Peekskill Fire Department, Peekskill Lions Club, Peekskill Brewery Running Club, LAOH Division 18 Peekskill and the Fighting 69th AOH Division 18 Peekskill.


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About the Contributor
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]