On Sunday, December 10, we ran in the Freezer 5K in Buffalo, NY. This race is held in the cobblestone district of the city, with the course going down by the Canalside area.
Registration Cost: This was about $25 and the race supports the Police Athletic League, which has sports for inner city youth.
Packet Pick-Up: Last year, Violet picked up the packets before the race but this year we waited until race morning. The packet pick-up was held at Buffalo Ironworks, which is a bar near the race start/finish. This is a small venue that can get pretty crowded!
We arrived at about 10:30am for the 11:00am race start and went over to the packet pick-up right away. For the pick-up, it was fairly packed inside but we were able to make our way to the registration table to get our numbers.
One surprise was that Violet’s name was listed incorrectly on the list and the bib, but in a different way on both! Haha that was a first! That didn’t hinder picking up the bib (partly because she didn’t correct them). The bibs are festive and colorful this year so that was a plus!
The swag for this year included a cotton long-sleeved t-shirt, an individual serving of cereal (we both got Golden Grahams, yay!), and a sample size of a SoftLips cube lip balm. There were also Buffalo Sabres magnets in the bags and a wristband for beer at the after party.
Pre-Race: We waited in the car because it was crowded in Buffalo Ironworks and cold outside. In terms of pre-race info, we had gotten an email from the race director about the packet pick-up. The website is a bit confusing/poorly laid out.
Course: The course begins and ends near an arena in downtown Buffalo. It goes near one of the marinas and the Canalside area. It was a simple out and back type of loop–the same course as last year. There wasn’t a water stop on the course. There were volunteers at the one- and two-mile marks reading times as you went by.
Finish Line: The finish line is well-marked and has a long finishing chute. The results are done with the lower portion of the bibs so we were instructed to tear that off while we were in the chute. There was water readily available at the end.
Post-Race: This is held in Buffalo Ironworks and was very crowded last year. It was also crowded this year, but not quite as bad–we think there were about 200 fewer registrants this year so that may have made a difference! There was beer, pizza, soup (chili and butternut squash bisque), rolls, cookies, bananas, apples, and chips.
Violet had remembered having full hands last year so she brought the plastic shopping bag from packet pickup in her pocket for the fruit and chips. That worked really well!
The venue had run out of paper plates for pizza, but there were napkins available. Also, there were people handing out the pizza and serving the soup, which was nice. As we mentioned above, there wasn’t much room in the facility… so we took our food and ate in the car.
Weather: The temperature was 28 degrees and rather brisk due to the wind, which was blowing at approximately 13 mph. It was overcast as well.
Apparel: Charcoal wore a pair of holiday leggings, running shorts, Darn Tough socks with striped knee-length elf socks over them, a long-sleeved baselayer t-shirt, a short sleeved t-shirt, a hoodie, a neckwarmer, gloves, and a Santa hat on top. For shoes, she wore Newton Kismet 2 shoes.
Violet wore knee-length compression shorts, holiday leggings, a pair of Darn Tough lightweight socks with striped knee-length elf socks, a long-sleeved midweight baselayer t-shirt, a 1/4-zip fleece, a running jacket, neckwarmer, gloves, and a Santa hat. She wore Asics GT-1000 shoes.