Way back on February 11th, I ran my very first winter trail race. Frozen Feet offers two days of racing – Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon – as well as three distance choices. The distances offered are 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon.
Since this was my first winter trail run, and I had no idea what to expect, I opted for the 5k distance on Sunday afternoon. Winter conditions can vary greatly in Minnesota, so that was also a factor.
The temperature on the day of the race was in the low 20s, and there wasn’t much of a breeze during the run. I wore fleece-lined running tights and a long-sleeve quarter zip running shirt and was more than warm enough; though, I do tend to get quite warm while running. I also chose trail shoes and didn’t have any problems with traction.
As with most trail races, this was a smaller event. Parking was on the road going into the mountain bike trailhead area. There was a large warming tent, about four porta-potties available, and snacks and beverages. Runners were able to hang out in the warming tent right up until a few minutes prior to the start of the race.
When we started, runners were clumped pretty tightly together, considering the course is a single track mountain bike trail in the warmer months. However, once we got to a few hills, the field spread out a bit, and slower runners stepped aside for faster runners to pass. The course was rolling hills, and had a good flow.
This race felt difficult only because I hadn’t been running over the winter months. Also, I forgot that my watch was set for intervals, so it kept vibrating and I didn’t know why. Once I figured out what was going on, I was mostly able to ignore it.
At the finish line, we were handed a leather key chain in lieu of a medal. Shirts were not given for this race, but I believe they were available for purchase. I personally like the option of cheap registration and being able to purchase shirts separately; I have entirely too many race shirts, many of which I never even wear.
The awards ceremony was held in the warming tent after the race, but I didn’t stay for that. Instead, my friends and I headed over to Omni Brewing for a post-race beverage.
Overall, this was a very nice race that I would consider doing again in the future.