Winter makes everyone a little less likely to stay active, but several area events beckon participants to get much needed exercise and support some great nonprofit causes.
Freeze Your Fanny is a cycling race and 5K run held February 3 in Longview. Some 300 riders and another 100 runners are expected this year — weather permitting — to mark the event’s 30th anniversary.
Organizer B’Ann Boiles says "the Freeze" raises about $10,000 each year for East Texas Lightnin’. Funds raised support the many athletic and recreational teams made up of Longview-based individuals with intellectual disabilities. Lightnin’ teams compete in tournaments covering seven sports held throughout the year through the Area 7 Special Olympics of Texas, making up East Texas.
"Runners, wear your earmuffs," Boiles says.
The average morning temperature in early February is often near freezing. The 5k starts at 8 a.m. and the ride at 10 a.m. with the starting line for both at Johnston McQueen Elementary School, 422 FM 2751.
Special 30th anniversary activities include the request that runners wear their oldest T-shirts — given the fact that T-shirts are a benefit of signing up each year. The early-bird entry fees are $30 for each event or $35 for participation in both. After January 26, the fees go up $5. To register, visit Active.com.
Other races held this winter include:
Texas Chainring Massacre
January 27, Valley View, Texas
Viking Dash Trail Run
January 27, Rockwall
33rd Annual Super Bowl Sunday Ride
February 4, Dallas
Ray Porter Memorial
Race Against Cancer
February 24, Tyler
Endurance race and
"Stairway to Bacon" event
30th Annual Beauty and the Beast Bicycle Tour
March 17, Bullard
Produced by the Tyler Bicycle Club,
sponsored by Kiepersol Estates