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Reindeer Run 5k raises funds for YMCA scholarship assistance

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TYLER (KYTX) - It been cold in east Texas day, but that didn't stop dozens of runners from participating in the 16th annual Tyler 5k Reindeer Run Saturday morning.

CBS 19's Katiera Winfrey explains, how many of the runners cope with the frigid temperatures and how their bravery in actually showing up for the run despite the cold, will help raise money for YMCA scholarships.

Standing in line shivering, most runners wore long sleeves, pants and hats and gloves.

"I don't like running in the cold but it's cold," said 12-year-old Emilee Lewis.

Only one person braved the below freezing temperatures and wore a shirt and shorts. Despite wardrobe choices, organizers say all of them are running in the cold for a  good cause. Around 170 people signed up for the annual run.

Of that number about 100 runners could stand the cold...17-year-old cross country runner Joseph Mi hr was one of them.

"It's takes a lot of will power and determination lot of courage and strength and mental toughness."

The money raised from registration fees will serve as scholarships to pay for YMCA memberships and enrichment activities for families who wouldn't otherwise be able to take part.

Stuart Gilpin is the Tyler YMCA CEO. He said, on top of the scholarships, it's just a really great time.

"Just a great opportunity to bring families together during Christmas time," said Gilpin.

He's pleased with the turnout. Over the run's 16 year history Saturday's run is or is close to the coldest in it's history.

For Mihr, he said the short sleeved shirt and shorts, puts some fire behind him and makes him run just a little faster.

"Last year I was top ten, the year before that I was fourth and this year is my first time winning."

On top of the money raised from registration, multiple companies made larger contributions as "sponsors" the money from that will also go toward providing scholarships for people that will cover YMCA memberships and activities.




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