The Channahon Park District probably should have renamed this race the “Windy 5 Mile” this year so it would make more sense.
There wasn’t too much frost at the Frosty 5 Mile this Sunday, but there was a lot of wind. Twenty mile per hour plus winds that seemed to come from all directions made the semi-hilly, out-and-back style course a little more difficult this year, but with sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s, there were plenty of smiles all up and down the route.
After having the wind at our backs for the majority of the first 1.3 miles, we turned onto the hilly section of the course and battled cross winds that push us closer to the lake, with only a little reprieve when we passed by the more tree-lined sections of the course. Coming up the last hill, just before mile four, Mother Nature turned her fans up to 11 and your form quickly became more diagonal. At times, it felt as though you were attached to a wall with a bungee cord; your legs were moving, but you weren’t really moving forward. When rounding the final corner before the finish line, you welcomed the site of the finish while also realizing that any final sprint you may have wanted to use was going to be wasted.
All finishers received well-earned, dog tag style medals. The post-race party was held indoors in the Pioneer Path School gym and cafeteria where slices of pizza were rewards for a run well done.
While the weather is often unpredictable for this race, the spirit remains the same year after year. The Frosty 5 Mile is a great break from your winter training and a chance to push your pace in the middle of winter. The people are friendly, the spectators are full of cheer, the pizza is tasty, and the hills are… hilly.