The 41st Annual Freeze for Food: Saturday, March 5, 2022 - REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Tired of feeling cooped up inside your homes for most of the winter? Ready to do something proactive about immigration due to conflict or climate change? Join the RPCVs of Wisconsin-Madison as we end the 60th year of Peace Corps. Run or walk (while physically distanced yet socially present) to escape cabin fever and at the same time help raise funds to support programs of Madison's Open Doors for Refugees, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the resettlement of refugees in the Madison area and welcoming them into the community.
SUPPORT MADISON'S REFUGEES
The Afghan refugees who recently fled their country for the safety of the U.S. are slowly being resettled in towns and cities across the country. At the time of this writing, in the two months since the fall of Kabul, 37 have arrived in Madison with more to follow. They join the ranks of many other refugees here, mostly coming from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other African countries over the last few years, or from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan over the several years before that. For all, when they get to Madison, one leg of their difficult journey ends, but another just begins. They need to make a living while they learn a new language and new customs. They miss families they left and worry about their ongoing dangers. In this pandemic period, as new arrivals, many have low-paying jobs as front line workers. Some have lost jobs, and some entire families have contracted COVID-19. They often struggle to buy food and pay rent and other bills. Your registration fee and donations can help over 100 families feel more welcome and supported in a new city. Be part of Madison's safety net while you run or walk and enjoy Wisconsin's beautiful outdoors. All proceeds from Freeze for Food will be used for food security and relief efforts for incoming refugees.
Our race is never canceled due to weather or pandemic, as we pivot again to respond to your support for this popular fundraiser! For the 41st year we will be raising funds for food security projects! Last year's all-virtual event had overwhelming support in the form of donations on top of registrations, all of which went to Open Doors for Refugees due to the generosity of our sponsors who cover the expenses. Therefore, we are again offering a Runner's Choice. Participants can choose to run/walk in person on March 5th at Vilas Park along Lake Wingra or choose the virtual option and run/walk at their preferred location.
Then register online with Its Race Time anytime until raceday on March 5 at 11:30 a.m. In-person registration is limited to 300 persons. Student rate is limited to 50 participants. Virtual registration is unlimited.
We are offering a special group discount if you sign up for three people at a time.
at 11:59 p.m.
Per Runner | 5K OR 10K
Per Runner | 5K AND 10K
Group of 3
|Kids <6 years run free
WHAT'S IN THE BAG? All registrants receive an 2022 International Calendar, a stylin' buff in the color of your choice (supplies limited), and other sponsor information. Your racer bag will be available to pick up on Friday, March 4 at Movin' Shoes, 528 S. Park St., Madison WI, or on race day at Vilas Park. If you opt to do a virtual run and are not In the Madison area, we can mail it to you.
AGE AND GENDER CATEGORIES: Male, Female and Non-Binary categories 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
RACE RESULTS AND AWARDS: The in-person race is chip-timed by ItsRunTime. Virtual racers self-report their results and should be sure to log their distance and time (link TBP) by end of day on Sunday, March 6, 2022 so we can close the race results and send a final report. This year we are also introducing a non-binary gender option. For all these reasons, we are temporarily suspending awards, though we've come up with creative ways to thank everyone for your participation. We hope you consider your participation in an event on a chilly day for a great cause your most valued award!
THE IN-PERSON RACE ROUTE DETAILS
Both races (5K and 10K) start and end at the Vilas Park Shelter, 1602 Vilas Park Dr., Madison, WI 53715
5K Race Start time: 12 p.m. CST sharp
10K Race Start time: 1 p.m. CST sharp
The 5K race is held in the scenic Vilas Park roads and sidewalks and other nearby roads at the northern part of Lake Wingra.
The 10K race circles Lake Wingra, passing through the Arboretum.
Print a copy of these maps here. There will also be one in your registration bag.
We rely on many volunteers, like Tamara England, Joy Amessoudji and Amy Amessoudji, pictured here in 2018.
The 2022 race committee consists of Tricia Blanco, Jessica Collins, Julet Frazier, Cassie Rademaekers, Kate Schachter, and Kathleen Wannemuehler. If you can help with many different tasks both before and on race day, send an email to freeze [at] rpcvmadison.org.
(these are the March 2021 sponsors...will your name be here for 2022?)
Generous support by our sponsors means that 100% of registration fees goes to Open Doors for Refugees. If you'd like to be a sponsor and see your name on the 2022 list which will be released in January 2022, send an email to freeze (AT) rpcvmadison.org.
Fleet Feet level ($500+)
Swift Feet level ($300+)
Happy Feet level ($200+)
Friendly Feet ($100+)