Runners World has ranked the 12k’s of Christmas as one of the TOP 10 “Family Events” in the country. Read the article at: http://www.runnersworld.com/bucket-list-races/bucket-list-10-races-for-the-whole-family/12ks-of-christmas
Did you know that when you sign up for the 12k’s of Christmas on Active, you can make a direct donation to Friends of Animal Care & Control? It is a great way to help out the animals this Christmas!
The 12k’s of Christmas is pleased to welcome our newest members of the 12k’s Ambassador Team. Welcome Nichol from Tempe, Delia from Gilbert, Madaya from Peoria, Shelly from Phoenix and Laura from Mesa! We are so much stronger with you on the team!
Military and Veterans with valid ID. We are once again offering discounts for each of our races to active duty military and veterans. Us discount coupon MILITARY to receive 20% off registration for the 12K and 6K races. Caution: you will be required to show valid ID at packet pickup. Thanks for your service to this great country. Good thru December 8th.
Congratulations to the folks who won free race entries just by entering the 12k’s of Christmas, Kiss Me I’m Irish Run or Redneck Run. Audy Wade and Patrick Slaughter both won an an entry into the Phoenix 10K or 1/2 Marathon! And Carolyn Loder of Tempe won an entry into the Las Vegas Rock n Roll 1/2 marathon!
This year’s Christmas in July promotion with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control was a HUGE success. The 12k’s of Christmas offered to pay the adoption fee for any dog that had been at the shelter for more than 90 days. The result – 92 dogs found forever homes – just in the nick of time!
Many more pets – dogs and cats – are still waiting to find a family. If you are looking for a best friend, be sure to visit your local shelter or call a rescue group today!
12k’s of Christmas wins ARIZONA EVENT OF THE YEAR!
The 12k’s of Christmas wins ARIZONA EVENT OF THE YEAR Award! When compared to festivals and events like rodeos, culinary events, beer festivals, concerts, street fairs, and community events, running events don’t usually make it to the top. That makes it all the more-special that the 12k’s of Christmas®, held each year in Gilbert, Arizona, is the winner of the Arizona Event of the Year Award, presented by the Arizona Festivals & Events Association at their 19th annual APS AzTEC Awards luncheon on Friday September 20th.
The International Festival and Events Association-endorsed AzTEC Awards Competition recognizes outstanding examples of festival and event production and promotion in the State of Arizona. A critical component of successful events are their abilities to distinguish themselves in the most attractive and innovative ways possible.
AzTEC judges look at all facets of the event – the activities, marketing & promotion, event programming, economic impact, volunteer & community programs, and sponsor integration – and found the 12’s of Christmas outstanding in all areas.
“We are overjoyed to receive such an honor” said Darryl Toupkin, producer of the 12k’s of Christmas. “My wife and I started this event four years ago because we wanted to celebrate the spirit of Christmas, we love to run, and we wanted to do an event to help the animals. It is gratifying to be recognized by our peers in the event community, especially for a running event that is produced by a two-person company, not a municipality or large event production company.”
In addition to winning the Arizona Event of the Year Award, the 12’s of Christmas© also won Best Merchandise for the event t-shirt and Best Kid’s Element for all of the ways that this event reaches out to youth in the community.
Darryl Toupkin, owner of FieldWorks Events & Marketing Inc., has been active in the Arizona event community for 23 years, producing a number of community events including the Rotary River Rally and Tempe’s Oktoberfest, both AzTech Outstanding Event of the Year winners.
After helping initiate runs at both of these events, Toupkin transformed FieldWorks into a running event company. In addition to the 12k’s of Christmas, Toupkin currently produces Kiss Me I’m Irish Run℠, RedNeck Run℠, Chasing the Sun 7k/5k & Health Fair, and Cinco de Miler.
Today, the Elf Dude presented MCCAC a check for $2,292 for the Christmas in July promotion. He made the presentation in person at the Board of Supervisors meeting and presented the check to JAX – an adorable adoptable doggie! Thanks to everyone for your support and special thanks to everyone that adopts a pet from the shelter or a rescue.
Be sure to check out the great event photos taken by James Dorsett http://jamesdorsettphotography.smugmug.com/Sports/12ks-Christmas