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15th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” 5K Cross Country Race and 1 Mile Fun Run Set for Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sponsored by Harris Teeter, event will collect donations of non-perishable food for Loudoun Hunger Relief.

Post Date:11/09/2017 3:37 PM

Freeze Your Gizzard 2016Leesburg, VA (November 9, 2017) – 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 Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief and sponsored by Harris Teeter, is hosting the 15th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, November 18, 2017. Runners of all skill levels and ages are invited to join the fun in this cross country style race.

The race will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017, and will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the front field of Ida Lee Park. The entry fee for pre-registration is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the 1 mile fun run, plus 2 cans of food to be brought the day of the event. Day-of-event registration is also available beginning at 7:00 a.m. at $30 for the 5K and $15 for the 1 mile fun run, plus 2 cans of food. Canned food will be donated to Loudoun Hunger Relief’s food bank. Nearly 1,200 pounds of food was donated at last year’s race.

“Harris Teeter strives to support the communities we serve, and does so as part of our commitment to fight hunger,” says Danna Robinson, Communication Manager for Harris Teeter. “We are so pleased to be able to be the Signature Sponsor of the 2017 Freeze Your Gizzard Race.”

The race will be timed by Potomac River Running using the Chronotrack electronic timing system, a state-of-the-art timing system used in top races nation-wide. Pre-registration can be completed in-person at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, or online at until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Pre-registered 5K runners will receive long-sleeve commemorative T-shirts and 1 mile runners will receive race medals. Refreshments for all runners will be provided following the race. Thanksgiving-themed prizes, including a turkey to the overall winner, 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 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 & over. Door prizes and prizes for Best Costumes will be awarded following the race. Come early and participate in the pre-race warm up and stretches! 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. Parking for the event will be in the festival field and can only be accessed from North King Street (Business Route 15). There will be no access to race parking from Ida Lee Drive.

For more information, please call 703-777-1368 or visit our website at

Media Contact:
Betsy Arnett
Public Information Officer 

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