On Saturday, December 15, 2012, the Arizona Christian University Chorale was awarded the annual “12k’s of Christmas Caroling Award.” Each year the award is presented to the performing group that demonstrates the most Christmas spirit at the annual run dubbed the “12k’s of Christmas”.
According to event organizers, “singers and dancers are located all along the 12k and 6k course, singing and performing Christmas music to runners and walkers as they pass by.”
Despite the cold, rainy weather, the ACU chorale, under the direction of Rachel Stoddard, remained energetic and encouraged runners and walkers along the course. Award presenter Pam Johnson of State Farm Insurance noted, “The kids from Arizona Christian University had especially great voices, singing Christmas carols old and new.” She further admired the group stating that their “Christmas spirit really kept runners going and helped everyone get into the spirit of the season.”
Stoddard commented on the selection stating, “This was a great community service event for our students to participate in after a long week of final exams.” ACU’s repertoire included a number of sacred Christmas carols to remind people of the true meaning of the season. In fact, event organizers requested that such songs be included. “It was refreshing to be asked specifically to sing Christmas pieces, as opposed to songs limited to winter or holiday themes,” said Stoddard.