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Freeze Your Gizzard returns Feb. 26

Popular event supports local triathletes, events

By Andrew Wagstaff
Maritime Runner
Feb. 9, 2017

MONTAGUE, P.E.I. – Who said Prince Edward Island was flat?
Those running the half marathon or 10K distances in the upcoming Freeze Your Gizzard run might find out otherwise, as they pass through the Montague and Valleyfield river valleys.
Prince Edward Island’s premiere winter running event will return this year on Sunday, Feb. 26, and race director David Boyce is expecting another memorable day in Montague.
The Freeze Your Gizzard is one of the go-to races in P.E.I. for a few different reasons, he explained.

Half marathon participants head out during last year's Freeze Your Gizzard run.

Photo by Janet Bain

Boyce is hoping for another big year, but accepts that Mother Nature plays a key role.
“Attendance year to year is difficult to predict,” he said. “For every die hard runner, there is a fair weather runner that waits to see the race day forecast before committing. Runner safety is paramount and we work with the RCMP to look at any cancellations, but a little inclement weather does not slow us down.”
Student volunteers help out along the course, and proceeds from the event will help support these students in their athletic efforts, according to Boyce.
Gift cards and medals are available to the winners, while the first 50 registrants receive an engraved mug. Door prizes are also available.
The event is headquartered at the newly renovated TCAP pool and fitness facility in Montague. On-site registration will be available on race day at 9 a.m., with the half marathon beginning at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K and 10K events beginning at 10 a.m.
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“For people planning a spring full marathon (Fredericton, Bluenose or Boston), it fits within their training plan,” said Boyce. “It is the first points race of the season for the PEI Roadrunners, and with the Hypothermic Half no longer being offered in P.E.I. it is our first long distance event of the year.”
The event started a few years ago, and is hosted each year by the Down East Warriors Triathlon Club to raise funds to support junior triathletes and triathlon events in the area. It is a sanctioned by the PEI Roadrunners Association, and is a Roadrunners points race for the half marathon.
The event offers 5K, 10K and half marathon distances, with the 10K route encircling the town of Montague. Half marathon runners, who start a half hour earlier so as to finish closer with the others, run the 10K route twice.
Last year was a big one for Freeze Your Gizzard, which saw it add the 5K race along with a walk option. That year saw course records set in both the 10K and the half, along with a record turnout of 132 total participants.