Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

Multiple layers are the rule, rather than the exception, when running the “Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run” in International Falls, Minnesota!  Yes, only in Minnesota.

Starting line of the 2008 Freeze Yer Gizzard run

The year I ran this 10K race, the starting line temps were around –20º Fahrenheit (that’s not a typo, folks) (-28º Celsius) with an added nip of wind that lowered the windchill to the –40º Fahrenheit (-40º Celsius) range!  Covering every inch of skin multiple times (including a layer of Vaseline on exposed face skin) was not only critical for comfort, but essential for frostbite prevention.

After the Freeze Yer Gizzard run

Those not running still required head-to-toe layered gear, darting into the nearby building during the race to stay warm, and greeting the brutal winter elements only at the beginning and end of the race.

Post-run, a frosty finish
After crossing the finish line, I had an extra frosty layer.

The 34th running of the “Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run” will take place on Saturday, January 18, 2014, in conjunction with International Falls’ annual “Icebox Days” festival.  Where else can you compete for prizes through outdoor frozen turkey bowling!?  It was so cold the year we attended, that many of these classic outdoor events were canceled — just another reason to return again.

If you can’t beat the cold, you have to join it!  Layer up!

Ciao! ~ Kat

This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge”Layers” was this week’s theme.  Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

20 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers”

    • Not a full marathon — only a 10K but I figure it was worth at least double given the conditions! Not sure I’ll ever knock that marathon off the “bucket list” — may need to stay content with the half marathons I have done! 🙂


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