Frostbite 5 Miler

One of my goals is to write about races I’ve done.  On Saturday, I ran the Ambler Area Running Club Frostbite 5 Miler.  I heard about it last year and signed up for it this year.  This was the 12th annual race and it started/ended at Wissahickon High School.  Race was well run and there was definitely plenty of parking.  The race did sell out this year, but they had a wait list going and if runners weren’t checked in/ hadn’t picked up their shirts/ bibs by 8:45 Saturday AM, wait listed runners could jump in.  I picked up my number and shirt on Friday night, an option I always like so I don’t have to race day of the race.  They even provided a packet which had different deals in it (including 20% off at the Jenkintown or Fairmount Running Company Stores).  Additionally, the race supports a cause each year and this year, they supported the Kelly Anne Dolan Fund.  Ambler is about 30 minutes from Philadelphia, so Saturday, I left around 8 for WHS and arrived a little after 830.  I had enough time to get a 1 mile warmup done around the track and a quick restroom break before the race began.

Pros:

  1. Well organized race
  2. Bib pick up day before the race with long sleeved tech shirt
  3. Volunteers at intersections/ corners directing runners
  4. Good course overall, although this one was hilly
  5. B Chip timing (timing chip on the back of your bib)
  6. Post race food- bananas, water, oranges, chili, sandwiches, chips, ets

Needs some working on

  1. The last mile or so was on a trail that was still wet and muddy from the snow melting.  Additionally, it was only 2 people wide which slowed people/ the race down. I think many of us were expecting to be running on the road 10 feet away from the trail
  2. Not sure how much I like chili and hot dogs at 10 AM, especially after running 5 miles
  3. Difficult to hear announcements/ horn for the start if you were closer to the back

Overall, a good race.  It was in the 40s and sunny, however wind gusts up to 50 mph.  Personally, my legs were somewhat stiff and tired after 2 weeks straight of running which led to 62 total miles.  Look for this race next year!

Ambler Area Running Club site for Frostbite 5 miler

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About drrunner
6 time marathoner, 40 ish time 1/2 marathoner with a bucket list item to hit all 50 states. New title of BibRave Pro member so watch for discounts and products! Do what you love and love what you do!

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