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Reindeer Run 5K at Sea World

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The beauty of living in Florida.  This past weekend as everyone up north was digging out of the snow, Chad and I went to Sea World for the annual Reindeer Run.  It was 70° and sunny.  Jealous?  Last year I wrote Ten reasons why YOU should sign up for a 5K and one of my reasons was getting to run through some great scenery.  We also run a 5K through Universal Studios every year in January.  And of course, Disney always has races throughout the year, which we normally don’t run but we volunteer at them to get our free Disney passes.  Oh, the perks of being in Central Florida.

Reindeer Run Sea World

So anyway, back to Sea World.  About 5000 people showed up wearing tutus, Santa hats and reindeer antlers ready to run. After running a half marathon last week I was ready for a nice short 3 mile run.  This is not a race for serious runners.  It isn’t even really a race.  The route was fairly narrow so we found ourselves walking quite a bit but that just gave us more time to enjoy the scenery.

Sea World

The first mile is just around the parking lot (boring) but soon we found ourselves running through the gates into the park.  We ran under the roller coasters which were being tested before the park opened….

Manta Fying Roller Coaster

Past the pink flamingos……

Sea World Pink Flamingos

Past the dolphins where we stopped to watch them play with beach balls……

Dolphins at Sea World

Past Santa Claus…..

Sea World Santa

At one point it was snowing……

Snow at Sea World

Sea World snow

We ran past the Polar Express……

Polar Express

We ran through Antarctica and took a picture next to the Snow Man…..

Sea World Snow Man

All as the sun was rising over the park….

Sunrise at Sea World

It was a great way to start the weekend which we ended by attending “The Singing Christmas Trees” – a big annual Christmas show at the First Baptist Church of Orlando.  The pictures are grainy but you get the idea- it is a great show to see if you find yourself in Orlando in December.

The Singing Christmas Trees

Elephant Singing Christmas Trees

Singing Christmas Trees

A Reindeer Run and The Singing Christmas Trees.  Now we are in the Christmas mood!  Are you ready?  What annual traditions do you celebrate to start your Christmas Holidays?


Friday 20th of December 2013

Not really a race for serious runners, but a good time. (I would think the speedsters at the front would have a hard time navigating some of those sharp turns.)

Those pink flamingos are really cool (and much prettier than the plastic ones in people's yards).