More than 215 runners from across the state participated in the annual Reindeer Run/Walk in American Canyon on Dec. 2, according to Race Director Joseph Nabrynski, tackling family-friendly 3- and 6.5-mile courses that began and ended at the Wetlands Edge View Area Trail Head.
Rudy Reyes and Sophia Li were the 3-mile men’s and women’s winners, respectively, and Justin Kyle Chang and Audrey Abadilla took top honors in the 6.5-mile race.
Participants came from American Canyon, Benicia, Concord, Davis, Fairfield, Healdsburg, Kenwood, Kentwood, Lafayette, Larkspur, Lincoln, Menlo Park, Napa, Nicolaus, Oakland, Petaluma, Pleasant Hill, Sacramento, San Bruno, San Ramon, Santa Rosa, Sonoma and Vallejo. All received bells, T-shirts and goodie bags for their efforts.
The event benefits KHOPE International, a local nonprofit supporting women and children living in poverty. A portion of the funds also help provide scholarships for American Canyon High School seniors.
Major sponsors from American Canyon were DoubleTree by Hilton, Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Bolt Staffing, The Doctors Company, Dunkin’ Donuts, Mi Zacatecas, Canyon Ranch Dental, Dr. Joanne Rivera, Nelia Sistena Medeiros Eagle Vines Realty, and the American Canyon Parks and Recreation Department.
Major sponsors from Napa were Athletic Feat, Dame’ Rahal, NorCal Timing and Francois Neema.
Supporters from American Canyon were American Canyon Orthodontics’ Jeffrey A. Nichelini, DDS, MS; American Canyon Pediatric Dentistry’s Rochelle Mamangkil, DDS; Seams When Pigs Fly; Custom Embroidery & Printing; FASTSIGNS; Walt Perlic; American Canyon Builders; Eye Care Center of Napa Valley; David R. York, CPA, MST; Farmers Insurance, Riitta De Anda Agency; Papa Murphy’s Pizza; City Councilmember Mark Joseph; Mayor Leon Garcia and Eva Garcia; Culligan Water; Mandy Le of the Chamber of Commerce; Fayza Eassa Hamid and Tiffany Schembre representing doTerra, Starbucks; Wallaby Yogurt; and Andrew & Beth Goff.
Supporters from Napa were Janet Betz and LeVel.
Volunteers included the American Canyon High School Link Crew, Bill Walton, Andrew Goff, Anne Garner, Jeanne Guanzon, Joe and Nancy Nabrynski, Teri Urrutia, Julie Douglas, Laura Priolo, Sarah Douglas, Kevin Kain, Sandy Kain, Willie Lawrence and Betty Lorenz.
Special thanks went to Santa and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, and the ACHS Cheerleaders. All designs for the Reindeer Run were created by local artist Sarah Douglas.