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Over the River & Through the Woods

Who's the Most Agile?


by Timbo Elf

[Over the River & Through the Woods]
The 2014 Reindeer Games continued today with our seventh event – the Obstacle Course – an event perhaps more challenging for the elves to build than for our Great Eight Reindeer to complete.

“We’ve been racking our brains for months trying to come up with a good course,” said Manny Elf, head of Reindeer Game Obstacle Course Construction. “But it’s not so easy, you know. Santa’s Reindeer can do anything – run super fast, fly very high, leap over tall buildings. There aren’t many obstacles that present an obstacle for them – if you know what I mean.”

So what to do? Since our reindeer can do so many things, what could possibly be difficult for them?

“Well, what can I do?” said Manny. “I guess I’ll just make the course as close to a Christmas Eve run as I can. At least that will be fun for everyone to watch.”

And so it was done. Each reindeer will be hitched to a big sleigh full of gifts – just like on Christmas Eve (except Santa won’t be along for the ride on our course).

When the race begins, each will take off with the sleigh, fly over a river, through the woods many miles outside the North Pole, make a big u-turn at Schenectady and then head back.

Once back at the North Pole, the reindeer will land on a big house, unload some gifts and then take off toward the end of the course. Just before the finish line, each reindeer will put on some skates and perform a double back-flip on the ice.

[by Timbo Elf] “Well, they won’t have to do the back-flips on Christmas Eve,” said Manny. “We just thought it would be fun for the reindeer and exciting for everyone to see!”

Indeed it will be. And so before a packed house at Manny’s Super-Duper Obstacle Course Stadium, the event was ready to begin.

First up – Donder. She’s got her sleigh – and she’s off! Donder takes off effortlessly and heads for Schenectady and makes it in very good time. And now she’s heading back to the Pole and our house on the course.

“Oh my, it’s a beautiful landing on the roof,” said Rudolph. “Donder looks ready for the big run.”

And then to the end of the course and some effortless double back-flips on the ice and Donder is across the line in 43.2 seconds. A superb performance.

The rest of the Great Eight followed with good showings as well, but only the top four could move to tomorrow’s final round. It looks like Dasher, Donder, Dancer and Vixen are the top four, finishing just ahead of Prancer, Cupid, Comet and Blitzen.

Check back tomorrow when they will race once again for the gold medal!

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Dasher Dashes to Speed Skating Gold - Published Wednesday December 17, 2014
Welcome back to the Hoojamawazit Skating and Ice Cream Palace for the final round of the Speed Skating competition, our sixth event of the 2014 Reindeer Games.

(BLAZING) Speed Skating Begins! - Published Tuesday December 16, 2014
Welcome back to the Hoojamawazit Skating and Ice Cream Palace for the first round of the Speed Skating competition, our sixth event of the 2014 Reindeer Games.

Figure Skating Final is Fantastic - Published Monday December 15, 2014
The Great Eight put on a great show at the Reindeer Games but Prancer wins Gold!

Figure Skating Event Wows Crowd - Published Sunday December 14, 2014
Welcome back to the Hoojamawazit Skating and Ice Cream Palace for our second day of the Figure Skating event at the 2014 Reindeer Games.

Figure Skating Day One - Published Saturday December 13, 2014
After the four-day, Around-the-World Marathon, Santa’s reindeer were a bit tired but nonetheless headed out to the Hoojamawazit Skating and Ice Cream Palace for the first day of the Figure Skating event.

Blitzen Edges Out Prancer for Gold! - Published Friday December 12, 2014
Welcome back to the 2014 Reindeer Games! As the thrilling, yet tiring 10,000-mile Around-the-World Marathon continued, our Reindeer blazed across the sky for the fourth straight day and finally headed for the finish line at the North Pole.

Around the World and Back Day 3 - Published Thursday December 11, 2014
The 2014 Reindeer Games continued with the third leg of the 10,000-mile Around-the-World Marathon. After wrapping up yesterday’s second led at the White House, the race headed over the Chesapeake Bay and across the Atlantic Ocean to Africa.

Asian Leg of Marathon Begins - Published Wednesday December 10, 2014
The 2014 Reindeer Games continued with another long and grueling leg of the Around-the-World Marathon!

Around-the World Marathon Begins - Published Tuesday December 09, 2014
Welcome back to the 2014 Reindeer Games! After three events at the North Pole, the Games will continue with the first event outside the icy northerns.

Spring Race for the Gold! - Published Monday December 08, 2014
And we’re back at the 2014 Reindeer Games for the final round of the Sprint Race competition.

More Rapid than Eagles! - Published Sunday December 07, 2014
We’re back at the 2014 Reindeer Games Sprint Race competition. Day two will feature the top four finishers from yesterday - Dasher, Comet, Blizten and Prancer.

Sprint Race Begins - Don't Blink! - Published Saturday December 06, 2014
After an exciting finish to the Long Jump yesterday, the Reindeer Games continued with our third event, the Sprint Race.

VIXEN LEAPS 26.5 MILES! - Published Friday December 05, 2014
The Reindeer Games continued on Day 4 with an exciting conclusion to the long jump competition.

Long Jump Competition Begins! - Published Thursday December 04, 2014
The Reindeer Games continued on Day 3 with the start of the Long Jump competition, the second of eight exciting events.

High Jump Final Round - Published Wednesday December 03, 2014
It’s the second day of the 2014 Reindeer Games and the final day of the High Jump competition. Dasher, Donder and Dancer were eliminated yesterday but the rest of the Great Eight are looking for the gold.

High Jump Competition Gets Underway - Published Tuesday December 02, 2014
The Reindeer Games are like no other competition, as the competitors are special. Very special. Santa’s Reindeer have abilities like no other – they can run fast and jump high and move with the utmost grace and precision. And, yes, when the Big Night comes, they will be able to fly.

Let the Games Begin! - Published Monday December 01, 2014
With a large crowd of elves and reindeer and other North Polians in attendance, Santa officially opened the 2014 Reindeer Games today at a packed Workshop Arena. Every seat was filled for the rousing ceremony, as Santa welcomed the famed competitors.

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