Community members laced up their shoes for the Reindeer Run & Jingle Bell Jog on Dec. 1 in downtown Baton Rouge.

Forum 35 hosted the 5K race and 1-mile jog in conjunction with the annual Festival of Lights celebration. Runners, joggers and spectators enjoyed festive lights, live music, fireworks, free outdoor ice skating, catered foods, vendors and visits with Santa Claus, Rudy the Reindeer and other North Pole characters.

More than 900 people were in attendance and together donated three boxes of new, unopened toys to the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program, setting a personal record for Forum 35.