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8th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” 5K Cross Country Race and 1-Mile Fun Run Scheduled for Saturday, No | Community Spirit

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8th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” 5K Cross Country Race and 1-Mile Fun Run Scheduled for Saturday, No

 Race will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Gazebo in the front field of Ida Lee Park

From the Town of Leesburg – Celebrate Thanksgiving a little early this year and take the opportunity to have fun, exercise, and perhaps win a turkey as you freeze your gizzard at Ida Lee Park! The Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Loudoun Interfaith Relief, is hosting the 8th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, November 20, 2010.  The race will begin at 9:00 a.m.

This year the course has been redesigned and re-measured by a USTAF sanctioned representative. Veteran runners of this event can expect a new layout that incorporates a few more hills to add a new challenge. Runners of all skill levels and ages are invited to join us for this cross country style race. 

The entry fee for pre-registration is $20 for the 5K, $10 for the 1-mile, plus 2 cans of food to be brought the day of the event.  Pre-registration can be done at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center or registration can be completed on-line at www.active.com.  On-line registration will be available until November 18, 2010.  Day-of-event registration is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-mile, plus 2 cans of food.  Day-of-event registration will begin at 7:00 a.m.

Canned food will be donated to Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s food bank. More than 1,200 lbs of food was raised at last year’s race. 

The race will be timed by Charm City Running using the IPICO timing system, a state-of-the-art timing system used in top races nation-wide.  Thanksgiving-themed prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place male and female finishers of the 5K for each age category.  Age categories are 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 & over. 

Registered 5K runners will receive a long-sleeve commemorative T-shirt and 1-mile runners will receive a race medal.  Refreshments for all runners and door prizes will be provided following the race.  Dogs, wagons and strollers are not permitted on the course.

The race will start and finish at the Gazebo in the front field of Ida Lee Park.  Please follow parking signs for the event, as the parking lot can be accessed from Route 15 Business (North King Street) not through Ida Lee Drive.

For more information, please call 703-777-1368 or visit our website at www.idalee.org.

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