Winter Chill Mid-Term Report

So that’s two Winter Chill 5Ks in the books, two more to go. Chill #1, on January 8, brought 54 runners to Cass Park to battle the 15 degree cold and some nasty headwinds. Adam Pacheck was the top male finisher in 18:27, and Sarah Jackson was the lead lady in 21:05. (Full results on Webscorer.) Several folks dressed up in their favorite team apparel, and Bob even forgave those who forgot to represent the Steelers!

We had almost an identical number of runners for Chill #2 on January 15, with 52 participants. The weather was much warmer and less windy this time around, but many folks were at Barton Hall for the track meet at the same time as the Winter Chill. Courtney Marin was the women’s and overall winner in 19:43. Top male, and second overall, was Klaas Van Wijk in 20:00. (Full results.) The costume theme this week was “animals,” and some runners went so far as to add floppy tails to their costumes. Kudos to David Keifer who, after running the 5000-meter event at the track meet, threw down a respectable 24:16 at the Winter Chill, then returned to Barton Hall to race the indoor mile. Wow!

For Winter Chill #3, on January 22, the 5k will start and finish at Island Health and Fitness. The course will remain an out-and-back on the Waterfront Trail—only the staging area is different. This is to coincide with Ian Golden’s promotional event to bring together active members of the community across all endurance sports. 5k runners will have the option to demo some shoes from Topo Athletics, and there will be post-run refreshments. (See flyer below.) We have a pajama theme for the costumes this week, so no need to change after you roll out of bed! You can click here to pre-register for Winter Chill #3 and/or #4.

The 5k series will conclude on January 29 with the fourth and final Winter Chill. Make sure to hang around afterward and join us for a post-run brunch at Kelly’s Dockside immediately following the race.