… Look at Frosty go!
“Frosty the snowman knew the sun was hot that day,
So he said, “Let’s run and we’ll have some fun now before I melt away.””
Races #1 & 2 for 2012 are checked off: Frosty’s Frozen 5 and 10 mile in Littleton, CO. These races head north of Hudson Gardens along the Platte, crossing a few times on long wooden bridges. I’ve run parts of this course before and enjoy running alongside the river and seeing the mountain backdrop.
I picked these races to spice up my training plan and have a change of scenery.
The morning was crisp and clear, about 32 degrees on the car thermometer, calm – good conditions for a long run. There was a little snow in places, some patches of ice on the trail but for the most part the footing was dry. Small flocks of ducks and geese were scattered along the river.
Parking was easy at the site – no fee – and packet pickup and pre race registration were indoors 🙂 and organized. There were indoor bathrooms and outdoor portta potties and coffee and HOT CHOCOLATE available before the race.
The 5 mile race started on time (I LOVE race directors who start their races ON TIME!!!) and started us off through the gardens (winter dormant) and then sent us along the paved bike path along the river. We ran a little over 2.5 miles north, crossed the river, then ran back south to the finish line. There was one aid station on the west side of the bridge.
The volunteers were great – cheerful and helpful and some very young children! I had my timing chip snipped off by a little girl who may have been 7 years old. And though I held my breath out of nerves that she might just snip through my shoelace, she didn’t and we swapped grins.
Speaking of youngsters… two girls about 7 or 8 years old ran the entire five miles about 60 yards ahead of me. I’m beyond impressed – I hope those two rock the running world as they go! They were running together and all of us kept an eye on them and boy was it cute to see them run to their parents waiting at the finish line.
I had half an hour break before the 10 mile race started at 10:15. (Let me say I really like this consecutive start that allows a person to run both races!) This race also started on time and retraced the first part of the route from the 5 mile race. When we crossed the bridge to the first aid station we turned north and kept going. The second aid station was at the turn around and there was a timing mat to run over. It warmed up considerably and the sun came out as we headed back. We passed aid station #1 for the second time and finished by running the same route as the second half of the 5 mile race.
It was about 71 degrees when we finished – WOW!! There was still plenty of post race snacks and drinks for those of us who take our time.
This is the second in the Winter Distance Series and I continue to be very impressed with the overall organization and planning of these races. Fun and a nice challenge for a Colorado winter!