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Shake off the winter blues with a 5K run

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Upcoming races hosted by track club, IPFW

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Has this never-ending winter got you down? Have you grown tired of running in the snow, around the ice or on the treadmill?

If the answer is yes to any of these and if you can survive tonight’s “significant weather event,” then reward yourself by participating in Saturday’s Fanny Freezer 5K.

The road race is hosted by the Fort Wayne Track Club and held each February at Shoaff Park. It’s the club’s first points series race but is open to non-club members as well. Its reputation is as a no-frills (but plenty of chills) event and it never disappoints.

“No frills” means there is a low entry fee ($5 for FWTC members, $10 for nonmembers), no race T-shirts and limited awards. And while there will certainly be some elite racers stripping down to run their fastest, most of the field will gladly keep their sweats on and be happy just to complete a 5K.

In either case, it’s an opportunity to meet with a couple of hundred of your running friends you haven’t seen lately and then enjoy a nice run.

The bonus, whether you are in the fast or slow crowd, is you will be able to gauge your current fitness level. From your finish time Saturday, you should be able to set goals and training strategies for the rest of winter and spring. Even if you run disappointingly slowly, you should easily be able to improve on your time as the year unfolds.

There are entry forms available at www.fwtc.org that you can fill out and mail in, but they must be post-marked by Wednesday. Race-day registration is 12:45-1:45 p.m. Saturday near the baseball diamonds and boat ramp. The race begins at 2 p.m. The entry fee is the same whether it is mailed in or paid race day.

Chris Brown 5K Feb. 16

Whether you get out to Saturday’s Fanny Freezer or not, there is another great opportunity to race at 5K on Feb. 16. The IPFW “Run It Walk It" for Chris Brown 5K will be held on the IPFW campus.

The race is held in memory Chris Brown, a former IPFW cross- country runner who passed away from cancer in December 2007. The race raises funds for the Chris Brown Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The race is a prediction run, meaning the race winners are those who come closest to predicting their finishing time. No watches or timing devices are allowed.

For more information on the race, visit www.ipfw.edu/fitness.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. Email Brett Hess at nssports@news-sentinel.com.