The organizers of the Jersey Freeze Frosty Nose Cold Toes 5K are working on keeping runners out of the snow, but Mother Nature can’t make any promises. Planned for March 30, about two weeks later in the month than last year’s race, they are hoping for less weather as competitors make their way to the finish line for the tasty ice cream treat.
“Our Jersey Freeze Frosty Nose Cold Toes 5K stands out as it is a smaller 5K with great features,” organizer Andrea Steenhoek said.
Those features include “the best ice cream” at the finish line, a finisher medal for all participants along with a long-sleeve shirt, chip timing and live times on a big screen at the finish line. The race features two divisions, 12 and younger at $15 each and 13 and older at $25 each and starts at the square in downtown Monroe.
“This year we are encouraging costumes which will score you Jersey Freeze bucks, Also, if Mother Nature is in our favor we will have a drone covering the race,” Steenhoek said. “We are also fortunate to have support from CJ’s Bar and Grill for post race food and beverages.”
In it’s fourth years, the 5K started as an idea from Steenhoek, who has a passion for running, and Jersey Freeze owner Lynn Donahue’s efforts to fundraise for the annual Old Settler’s weekend.
“(It aspired from) Lynn’s idea to combine my passion into a fundraiser for Monroe Old Settlers and also having Jersey Freeze backing us up,” Steenhoek said. “Monroe Old Settlers is always trying to come up with ideas for fundraisers to get our community involved. It was a win/win situation for both Jersey Freeze and Monroe Old Settlers in my eyes.”
Since starting in 2016, the organizers have seen the race grow and change as word got out about “Iowa’s tastiest 5K.” From having community support in the first year to captivating runners from out of state in year three, the 5K has become a favorite race to mark on the calendar for many.
“We actually have two out of state runners coming back. Also, the first year our timing was not chip timing, we were able to get other business’s involved for sponsorship to cover the major expense so that was a big win for our committee and 5K,” Steenhoek said.
All proceeds from the race go to the Monroe Old Settlers fund to help put on the end of summer celebration in August. To register for the event, go to runreg.com/jersey-freeze-frosty-nose. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page at Frosty Nose Cold Toes 5K.
Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or firstname.lastname@example.org