Frostbite 5K expects 300 runners

Runners will be frosty but not frostbitten this year for the 10th annual Cannon Memorial YMCA Frostbite 5K on Saturday, race organizers hope.

As long as there's no ice on the trail, runners can expect the race to go on, rain or shine.

For Renee Hogan, program director of aquatics, fitness and active older adults at the YMCA's Kannapolis branch; it's nice to see the race remain popular after 10 years.

"This is going to be the biggest one we've ever had," Hogan said. Each year, the race continues to grow. So far this year, about 200 people have registered in advance for the event. Last year, there were almost 250 runners, so the advance registration numbers look great. Hogan expects around 300 runners this year.

Besides the 5K road race, there will also be a family Fun Run, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday. Registration for the Frostbite 5K is $25 now and will be $30 on race day. For the Fun Run, it's $10 for individuals and $5 for each person registering in groups of 10 or more.

All the money raised from the Frostbite 5K goes to youth programming at the Kannapolis branch, Hogan said.

"It helps us with our programs, benefitting the kids," she said. Money goes to buy equipment for the kids' programs at the YMCA, from jump ropes and hula hoops to balls and other programming and instructors. Hogan expects to raise about $2,000 from this year's event, down from last year because there are fewer sponsors.

Some changes have been made to the annual fundraiser this year, said Hogan. Because runners have asked for it, she's reversed the route to change the race a little. Runners will still run on the Kannapolis Greenway and through surrounding communities.

As a family event, Hogan said, the race is a fun time for everyone.

"We have a lot of kids and their families come out," she said, adding that there have been runners in the 5K as young as 6 years old. In addition, many parents run with their young children in strollers.

"That's what our kids programs are about at the Y, getting the parents together with their kids," Hogan said.