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The Kokomo-Howard County Public Library’s 4th Annual Rudolph Family Fun 5k Run/Walk promises to be bigger and better than ever.


“Each year we try to add more and do more,” said Lisa Fipps, Director of Marketing. “This year, we’ll have reindeer games for people to play before the race begins and you can win prizes, thanks to a new sponsor: Paradise Trading Post. A lot of people enjoy wearing festive attire. So we decided to give an award for best dressed this year. That prize is made possible by new sponsor Elle Esprit. And because we have more and more walkers joining the fun, we’re increasing the number of trophies we give out to walkers, thanks to sponsors Salin Bank and Gold Medal Awards.” 


Trophies for the 5k Run this year will be awarded to the overall male and female winners and the first-place male and female finishers in each of the following age groups: 0-12; 13-19; 20-26; 27-33; 34-40; 41-47; 48-54; 55-61; 62+. Trophies for the 5k Walk will go to the overall male and female winners and the first-place male and female finishers in each of the following age groups: 0-18; 19-35; 36-47; 48-59; and 60+.


Register now to save money. You can fill out the form and pay in person at any KHCPL location or you can go online to and sign up. Registration for an individual is $20 until Nov. 20 and goes up to $25 from Nov. 21 through Dec. 2. (Groups of three to six can save with the group rate of $50 until Nov. 20; the rate increases to $60 on Nov. 21 through Dec. 2.) Thanks to sponsors Friends of the Library and Expressions Design Co., that fee provides a long-sleeved T-shirt, reindeer antlers, a blinking Rudolph nose, a medal for the first 350 finishers, and snacks after the event. You have a chance to win door prizes, too, thanks to sponsor Community Howard Regional Health. One of the prizes will be a Garmin forerunner. 


T-shirts come in youth, adult, and plus sizes to 5XL. There is an additional $2 fee for sizes 2XL-5XL. In order to be guaranteed a T-shirt on the day of the run, you must register by Nov. 20. If you register after that date, you might have to pick up your shirt after the race.


Thanks to the Club Kokomo Roadrunners, it’s a timed run. You start and end at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library and on the Walk of Excellence, you journey through Foster Park and then the turn-around is in UCT Park.


People of all ages and abilities welcome. Dogs on leashes that are well-controlled and up-to-date on their vaccines are welcome. No rain/weather date. No refunds. 


The doors open at 7:30 a.m., and you are welcome to play reindeer games as you wait for the race to begin sharply at 9 a.m. After you’re finished, head to the lower level to nosh on snacks, enter the door-prize drawing, and do some holiday shopping with Elle Esprit and Paradise Trading Post.


“People come from all over Indiana for the Rudolph Run,” Fipps said. “It's THAT fun!”