The 18th annual Freezefest 5k was held Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Squaw Creek Park. New for 2018: race headquarters were moved to the Red Cedar Lodge and the entry cap was raised from 350 to 400 participants. The course also changed, allowing runners to have a straight shot to the finish line.

Packet pick-up started at 9 am. Runners started to fill the lodge, finding bib numbers and picking up shirts. Tables were set up to purchase apparel and check out upcoming area races. Chili cook-off entrants dropped of their crocks, followed by the judges sampling each one.

Minutes before the 11 am start time, runners were encouraged to start lining up at the arch. However, a quick look outside and no one was moving fast. It was snowing! Freezefest had lived up to its name!

At the starting arch, safety announcements were made in addition to course directions. The National Anthem was sung and runners toed the line.

The snow might have proved slippery in spots, but it made for some great race photos. And even with the conditions, the winner came across the finish line in 16:45. (Results)

After all shoe chips were collected, participants gathered back in the lodge for the awards. Congratulations to everyone! In addition to the running awards and circuit prizes, brisket chili took the top prize in the first ever chili cook-off.

As the event was winding down, Corridor Running presented a check to the Boys and Girls Club for $500, which was in addition to the $255 that was donated online with race registration. Thank you runners! We are proud to host events that give back to the community.

Speaking of …. see you March 10 in Iowa City for the Shamrock Shuffle!