- 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K
- Road Race
2018 was the 11th year that runners have lined up to conquer the cold in the Frozen Feat 5k/10k. Weather in the northern Midwest's winter is a gamble and, unlike the previous weekend with a -12°F windchill at the peak of the day, race day showed up as a sunny +18°F!
This was my second year running the race and it is becoming my favorite way to break up the cold months and kick off training for spring races.
Registration: I registered online in December for the Frozen Feat 10k (a February race). Just before a price increase, registration was $30 and very reasonable for a 10k of this quality.
Expo: There isn't an official expo for this race but packet pick-up was available on Friday evening and on race morning. I pre-registered and picked up my number with ease on the morning of the race. They had booths set up for pre-registered runners and those registering that morning. I made it to pick-up at 9:00 am, took maybe 5 minutes to pick up my packet and then prepped for the race start at 9:30!
Race Swag: The race swag got even better than last year! Along with a race number, a pen and some local business discounts, each runner received a hooded long-sleeve shirt with the race logo and a comfy pair of Frozen Feat Fitsoks (new this year!) in their race bag. I was very excited to add another pair to my Fitsok collection!
Course: The course consisted of a small stretch of street and then it was mostly a running/bike path. The 10k and 5k runners had a slightly different race route (~288 runners total). There were no traffic issues with vehicles or congested runner traffic.
Aid Stations: There was one station with water for the 10k around mile 4 or 5. That was plenty for this race distance.
Awards: The snowflake design this year is beautiful and all runners received a medal after crossing the finish. With the 10k starting at 9:30 am, runners were able to grab post-race refreshments and relax while listening for their Bib # to win a door prize. The awards started at 11:00 am.
The Top 3 Male & Female runners and Top AG'ers received Frozen Feat mugs. Top 3 Males/Females also received plaques and a Scheels gift card.
Post-Race Refreshments: There were tables lined with huge doughnuts, beer cheese soup with popcorn (and possibly chili, too?), hot chocolate, coffee, bananas and bottled water for runners to enjoy. The Frozen Feat really rocked the post-race refreshments this year!
Logistics: This race is very well organized! We found 2-hour parking a couple blocks away last year but this year there was public parking ramp access just across the road. The race informed all participants of that before race day and it made everything go smoothly on race morning.
The Frozen Feat was a great experience once again this year and I hope to make it there as a yearly tradition!
For more race day details and photos, check out my blog post: http://www.livinglifetruth.com/2018/02/race-report-frozen-feat-2018.html