Celebrate Thanksgiving a little early this year and take the opportunity to have fun, exercise, and perhaps win a turkey as you freeze your gizzard at Ida Lee Park! The Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Loudoun Interfaith Relief, is hosting the 10th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. Runners of all skill level are invited to join us for this cross country style race. This 10th anniversary race will feature exciting prizes and giveaways to commemorate ten years of community support! The first 400 5K runners who come in turkey-theme costumes or any shirt from a previous Gizzard race will receive a special giveaway!
The race will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 and will begin at 9:00 am in the front field of Ida Lee Park. The entry fee for pre-registration is $20.00 for the 5K, $10.00 for the 1 mile, plus 2 cans of food to be brought the day of the event. Day-of-event registration is also available beginning at 7:00 am with $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1 mile, plus 2 cans of food. Canned food will be donated to Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s food bank. More than 1,800 lbs of food was raised at last year’s race. All ages are welcome. Click here to check out the course map.
The race will be timed by Potomac River Running using the IPICO timing system, a state-of-the-art timing system used in top races nation-wide.
Pre-registration can be done at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center or registration can be completed on-line at www.prraces.com. On-line registration will be available until November 15th.
Registered 5K runners will receive a long-sleeve commemorative T-shirt and 1 mile runners will receive a race medal. Refreshments for all runners will be provided following the race. Thanksgiving themed prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place male and female finishers of the 5K for each age category. Age categories are 14 and under,15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over. Door prizes will also be awarded following the race. Dogs, wagons and strollers are not permitted on the course.
The race will start and finish at the Gazebo in the front field of Ida Lee Park. Please follow parking signs for the event, as the parking lot can be accessed from Route 15 Business (North King Street) not through Ida Lee Drive.
For more information about the Freeze Your Gizzard 5K and Fun Run, please contact the Special Events Supervisor or Ida Lee Park Recreation Center at 703-777-1368.