Freeze for Food

2012 Freeze for Food

Freeze For Food

Join the RPCVs of Wisconsin-Madison for our 37th annual Freeze for Food on March 3, 2018. Run or walk to raise funds to support food programs of Madison’s Open Doors for Refugees!

Open Doors for Refugees is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the resettlement of refugees in the Madison area and welcoming them into the community. All proceeds from Freeze for Food will be donated to food relief efforts for incoming refugees.

Our race is never canceled due to weather.

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 and passes through the Arboretum. 

Both races start and end at the Vilas Park Shelter, 1602 Vilas Park Dr., Madison, WI.

Register online with Its Race Time in advance or on the day of the race.

Race Early Bird Online by 2/19/18 After 2/19/18 Student w/ID Race Day Registration Time Race Day Start Time
5K $20 $30 $10 11:15-11:45 12:00
10K $20 $30 $10 12:00-12:45 1:00
5K + 10K $30 $40 $20 11:15-11:45


**REMEMBER: Registration is limited to 320 participants. Register online with Its Race Time in advance or on the day of the race.

Race Results

On the day of the race, live updates of race results will stream here:


Help us get out the word by sharing! Download the 2018 Freeze Flyer, which can substitute as a 2-sided tri-fold brochure (print 2-sided, flip on short side).

You're not a runner but want to help? Great! Help by signing up on SignUp Genius for a volunteer task to make this event a success. We need help both in advance and on the day of the event. Remember, volunteers through SignUp Genius get a free t-shirt IF you sign up by February 5, and an invitation to the after-race party at Tom and Lynn Felhofer's home.


Contact the Freeze for Food Coordinator
Stay up to date on details by Friending us on our Freeze Facebook page.



Recent Years Runner Placement

Past Years Results

A Short History of the Freeze

The Freeze for Food has been a labor of love for the RPCVs of Madison. Through the years it has been passed on from member to member to manage as a fundraiser for food security projects. After the International Calendar began making a profit (around 1992), a certain amount from calendar sales has been allocated to supporting the expenses of the Freeze – currently at the rate of $1,000 per race. Following is a short history of the event’s managers and fund beneficiaries. Of course, many RPCVs (whether group members or not) and friends have played a huge role on race day to help with the details, usually around 30 people getting together to enjoy a crisp winter day.

  • 1982: Wade DallaGrana (RPCV Lesotho 1976-1978) started the Freeze for Food. The group was raising money for Oxfam, and Wade was a runner; he put 2 and 2 together, and started the fundraiser. Wade’s last race was 1990.
  • 1990: Deb Stapleton managed the Freeze for the next four years.
  • 1994: Dave Hamilton took over for another 4 years through 1998.
  • 1999: Peter Joyce and Rick Lackey (Micronesia 1982-1984) took it up. Peter noticed the burnout working with Oxfam and that as a global organization, Oxfam really did not know what we were doing. He proposed to the Board that we work with a local group instead of Oxfam, thinking that they would have a better connection, and could provide us with people on race day. Someone stated that we should work with one of the Madison Sister City projects. We asked all 6 or 7 groups to make us a one page proposal. Only two groups responded: Working Capital for Community Needs (WCCN) and Colombia Support Network (CSN). CSN’s was the better of the two.
  • 2011: Kate Schachter (RPCV Ghana 2004-2007) agreed to manage the Freeze, not wanting to see it fade away when Peter and Rick decided it was time to step aside. However, she wanted CSN to help with the planning, not just on the day of the event. Jack Laun (co-Director of CSN and RPCV Panama 1967-1969) agreed to co-chair the planning. Other RPCV and CSN members were also brought into the planning team.
  • 2016: Stephanie Shelton (RPCV Tonga 2012-2014) and Tom Felhofer (RPCV Malawi 1988-1990), both committed Freeze volunteers and runners for several years, agreed to co-chair with CSN.
  • 2017-2018: Because of the increase in the refugee crisis in Syria, as well as other countries worldwide, Steph and Tom presented an alternate beneficiary of the Freeze funds to the Board. Open Doors for Refugees, formed in Madison, was selected. Madeline Uraneck (RPCV Lesotho 2004-2009) from Open Doors liases on the race details.

Race Details

Year Runners Expenses $$$ Donated Race time weather
2017-Mar 4 273 $3,233 $6,138 36⁰F; winds ESE 18 mph, no snow or rain; partly sunny; clear pavement
2016-Jan 23 282 $3,012 $5,600 31⁰F; winds SW 10-11mph with a 17mph gust during the 10K, no snow or rain; clear pavement
2015-Jan 17 200 $1,634 $3,776 40⁰F; winds SW 9-10mph with 21mph gusts; light drizzle during 10K; clear pavement
2014-Jan 18 143 $1,176 $2,588 17°F; 10 mph winds; snow flurries during 5K; cleared snow on most of the run, except up the Edgewood College hill
2013-Jan 23 183 $580.33 $3,096 43°F; 20 mph winds, with strong headwind on last section of 10K; mostly sunny; no ice
2012-Jan 21 110 $994 $2,061 12°F; 0-2 mph winds; sunny; 3“ of snow the day before was well plowed before race time; footing was slippery, but consistent; no ice
2011-Jan 22 137 $1063.99 $2,659 12°F; windy; 1“ new snow
2010-Jan 23 205 $907.60 $3,439 35°F; all pavement, no ice/snow
2009-Jan 24 117 $820.26 $2,378 5°F; no wind, hard snow on pavement
2008-Jan ? 83 $551.19 $2,085 0°F; 20 mph wind, icy, frigid cold
2007-Jan ? 160 $382.83 $2,795 25°F; no snow on pavement
2006-Jan ? 180 $770.02 $3,443 32°F; 3 inches fresh snow, sunny
2005-Jan ? 70 $688.63 $1,474 10°;F; v windy, 10 inches fresh snow
2004-Jan ? 75 $668.19 $2,574 20°F; 2 inches fresh snow, patches of ice
2003-Jan ? 129 $700.52 $2,824 20°F; windy
2002-Jan ? 200 ? $3,300 50°F; warmest FFF
2001-Jan ? 167 $500.00 $3,338 20°F; sunny, no snow; classic freeze
2000-Jan ? 120 $628.13 $2,901 25°F; cloudy; snow on ground
1999-Jan ? ? $733.81 $2,200 33°F; cloudy; rainy
1998-Jan ? ? ? $3,544 26°F; mostly cloudy; 0.06″ snow; SW winds 7mph
1997-Jan ? ? ? $3,000 1⁰F; sunny; no snow; NW winds 5mph
1996-Jan ? ? ? $2,400 9⁰F; mostly cloudy; no snow; SE winds 6mph
1995-Jan ? ? $575.00 $2,773 24⁰F; mostly cloudy; 0.01″ snow; NW winds 15mph
1994-Jan ? 40 $350.00 $815 26⁰F; cloudy; no snow; SE winds 12mph
1993-Jan ? ? $366.25 $865 26⁰F; cloudy; 0.02″ snow; SW winds 13mph
1992-Jan ? 56 $300.00 $831 5⁰F; sunny; no snow; NW winds 15mph
1991-Jan ? 108 $300.00 $1,474 40⁰F; mostly cloudy; no snow; SW winds 17mph
1990-Jan ? 106 $275.00 $1,205 31⁰F; cloudy; 0.05″ snow; NE winds 15mph
1989-Jan ? 81 $256.00 $1,076 31⁰F; sunny; no snow; SW winds 22mph
1988-Jan ? 98 $291.56 $1,621 11⁰F; cloudy; 0.03″ snow; S winds 5mph
1987-Jan ? 78 $246.08 $1,300 25⁰F; cloudy; no snow; little wind
1986-Jan ? 80 $203.82 $920 40⁰F; cloudy; no snow; SW winds 16mph
1985-Jan ? 110 $196.10 $2,042 -9⁰F; sunny; no snow; NW winds 21mph
1984-Jan ? 89 $144.69 $839 1⁰F; cloudy; no snow; S winds 17mph
1983-Jan ? 106 $104.50 $622 32⁰F; cloudy; 0.08″ snow; NE winds 12mph
1982-Jan ? 45 $70.00 $335 7⁰F; mostly sunny; 0.12″ snow; SW winds 35mph
TOTAL TO-DATE (2017): $22,645+ $84,139  

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