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3rd Annual Christmas / Holiday Social: 2023

December 14th, 2023: Clayton, NC Clayton Area Runners

Thursday at Deep River looked a little more colorful on this chilly December evening as runners gathered together to celebrate the Christmas and Holiday season with friends, family and food! Of course there were still people doing the run, it is a Run Club afterall.

Throughout the evening over 80 runners and their familes gathered inside while another 30+ runners braved the cool crisp air to get in their miles before the party.

Our 3rd Annual Christmas / Holiday Social was the largest and most attended one to date! Runners brought an assortment of dishes and desserts to share and by the evenings end, almost nothing was left.

The room was full of conversations and laughter as Christmas Music played in the background and a picture slide show was projected on the wall featuring club pictures of 2023. The event was family friendly with many toddlers weaving their way through the crowd and bringing great smiles and laughs to everyone.

Among the guests dressed in their festive sweaters, dresses and shirts were runners in their shorts and light vests getting some good food after their run.

This might be the only party in town where it's accepted to show up at 6:00pm and tell everyone you have to run at 6:30pm.

The assortment of food was a representation of the many talents within the club. There were many home-made desserts and dishses available and crockpots full of meatballs, cocktail weiners, dips and more.

Desserts were bountiful with a selection of cookies, doughnuts, cakes, fudge, almond roca and more. Rumor has it this was the fuel behind the perpetual motion of the little ones.

In addition to the run, music, food and laughs, the club held it's annual Raffle Fundraiser. Each year the items in the raffle grow and get better. This year we had over 50 items to give away including Gift Cards to local businsses and Free race entries and food!

The annual raffle rasies funds for Clayton Area Runners 501(c)3 organization that donates that money to local charities and assists local organizations that have an impact on our community. This year the Raffle raised $1,305! An incredible amount from generous people. Next year there will be some adjustments made to the raffle process and winning requirements as we had multiple people win, multiple times! It wasn't rigged, but with so many people and so many prizes, there's a better way in 2024.

The club would like to thank all of the local businesses who donated for our Raffle Fundraiser and we encourage all of our runners to patron them if you can!

  1. Tobacco Road Race Entry: Pam

  2. Tobacco Road RAce Entry: Carla

  3. Mother Earth Half Marathon: Tony

  4. Glenair 5K: Jon

  5. Glenair 5K: Carlos

  6. Fit & Able Entry: Sharon

  7. Fit & Able Entry: Carla

  8. Neuse River Bridge 5K: Scot

  9. Neuse River Bridge 10K: Luis

  10. Neuse River Bridge Half: Amy

  11. Wilmington Marathon: Bettie

  12. $50 ER Wax Bar Gift Card: Cameron

  13. $50 ER Wax Bar Gift Card: Chrissy

  14. Sign Cypsies Gift Certificate: Anthony

  15. Beautiful Life Nails Basket: Jesse

  16. Inspire Gift Card: Sharon

  17. Pure Green Gift Bag: Laura

  18. Smithfield's Chicken n'BBQ Gift Card: Barbara

  19. Nancy Jo's Gift Card: Stephanie

  20. Capstone Race Entry: Scot

  21. Romeo Pizza Gift Card: Carl

  22. Renew Body Spa Gift Card: Mike

  23. LaDiDa Gift Card: Paula

  24. Three Little Birds Gift Card: Carrie

  25. Victory Yoga Gift Card: Bob

  26. Clayton Integral Willness Gift Card: Ryan

  27. Tavern 42 Gift Card: Carla

  28. Boba Beans Gift Cards: Thomas

  29. Boba Beans Gift Card: Rebecca

  30. First Street Tavern Gift Card: Jason

  31. Deep River Gift Card: Rhonda

  32. Deep River Gift Card: Tina

  33. Pace Yourself Run Club Bag: Tony

  34. Milltown Java Jog 5K Entry: Kim

  35. LaDiDa Gift Card: Pam

  36. First Street Tavern Gift Card: Bob

  37. All Good Seasoning Pack: Mike

  38. Fleet Feet Gift Cards & Hat (x5): Mike, Susan, Carrie, Rebecca (x2)

  39. JD's Country Store Free Propane Refill & Pizza (x2): Jon, Daniela

  40. Woodall Fitness Gift Card: Mike

  41. Owls Roost Trail Half Marathon: Ryan

  42. For Cakes Sake: Leah

  43. Fat Johnny's Gift Card: Rebecca

  44. Pure Green Gift Bag: Brian

  45. Hair Junkies Gift Card: Anais

  46. Grasshopper Farm in Knightdale: Karen

  47. Fleet Feet Hats: Chrissy

  48. Permabood Cups: Mike

  49. 9 Bar Coffehouse Gift Card: Lisa

  50. BLVD Coffee Gift Card: Fely

  51. Homemade goodes by Sharon: Bettie

  52. Dance Classes by Raquel: Carrie

Thank you to the Clayton Area Runners - 501(c)3 Board Members who worked behind the scenes to ensure this event was a success. Everything with CAR is done with Volunteer hours and donations. A massive "THANK YOU" to all of our runners who supported and participated in this event, donating food and time to make this a great event.

"The club is so great, because the people are so great"

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