By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
For those in Cullman County seeking a chilling thrill, look no further than Saturday’s Frosty 5K and Polar Bear Plunge, which will take place at the Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center.
Hosted by the Cullman City Parks and Recreation Department, the event enters its fourth year offering a myriad of door prizes, as well a chance to be entered into a drawing for a free, one-year membership to the Aquatic Center for those who choose to brave the frigid temperatures of the facility’s outdoor pool.
Waid Harbison, the department’s marketing director, said he’s looking forward to seeing a good crowd on Saturday.
“Our first year to do this, we had around 80 people for the 5K,” he said. “Last year was about 325, and we are hoping this year will be around 350-400 people.”
Harbison added the door prizes for the event include a 42-inch flatscreen TV and an iPod shuffle, among other things.
As for the plunge, Harbison stated around 20 people are pre-registered for the event so far, but he expects more on the actual day of the event.
“We should have around 50 or 60 by Saturday,” he said. “And, with the temperatures being a little warmer, we hope that number will increase this time around.”
Warmer might be a relative term, however.
According to Harbison, temperatures have reached as low as 18 degrees in years past but climbed to around 30 degrees last year.
“It’s probably going to be around the upper 40s this time,” he said. “But, it will still be cold, and we will make it colder if necessary.”
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, and the event will get started around 8:30 a.m. with the kids’ 1-mile run, followed by the Frosty 5K at 9 a.m.
Following the 5K, the plunge is set to begin at 10:15 a.m.
Medals will be awarded to the top-three runners in each age division for both the kids’ run and the 5K. Goody bags and shirts will also be given away.
Registration for the kids' race is $10, while the cost for the Frosty 5K is $20 or $25 if participating in both the run and the Polar Bear Plunge. People who wish to register can do so at Cullman’s Civic Center.
For more information about the event, contact Harbison at 256-775-7946.
‰ Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 258 or at email@example.com.