OUTLOOK: Reindeer Run goes to the dogs

Published 4:00 am Sunday, December 12, 2021

Dogs and their owners competed last week in what has become an annual event — the Reindeer Run 5K.

The first race was held in 2019 with proceeds benefitting Paws Rescue, a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue located in Vicksburg. Each year, the number of participants – two- and four-legged — has grown as well as the amount of money raised for the animal rescue.

Race organizer Debbie Haworth said this year 266 people registered for the 5K.

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“That is a 75-percent increase over last year,” she said.

And while the exact total of funds raised has not yet been fully calculated, Haworth said, she feels confident it will be more than last year, when the event raised $21,300.

“We will definitely give them (Paws Rescue) more this year,” she said, adding that all money donated by sponsors for the race goes directly to the rescue. “Not one penny of their money is used to pay for our event.”

Saturday’s race kicked off at Catfish Row. Many of the participants dressed in costume and brought their fur babies to join in in all the fun.

“It was really fun,” Haworth said. “And we had wonderful volunteers that helped make the Reindeer Run a success.”

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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