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A 5K run on Jan. 26?

December 11, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER ( , Times-Republican

BRRRRRing it, cold weather

I typically lace up the shoes and run in one 5K race a year in August, and that is usually fine with me. But a new 5K run in January has me thinking I might need to add a second race in 2013 and invest in better thermal underwear.

The Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Chamburrrrr Scurry 5K 9 a.m. Jan. 26 at Marshalltown Community College's cross country course.

Yes, that course is outdoors - in January.

And, yes, that title has five Rs in it.

And, no, it's not run by pirates.

I've never been a huge runner when it's really, really cold out, but this race is almost like you're facing down Mother Nature and saying "bring it."

That part is appealing to me.

I bet there will even be some runners in shorts that day, considering there are those type of people out there even more nuts than me. You know, the type of people who run indoor marathons at 5 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving - but I won't mention any names.

If I run in this Chamburrrrr race, I guarantee I'll have at least three layers on my legs and three-to-four on my top. I'll be putting on the kind of attire that it takes five minutes just to take off to go to the bathroom, so I hope I don't have an emergency situation at the race.

Often during the summer months, a few 5K races in the area will compete with each other on the same Saturday. I don't think this frozen frolic will overlap with any other outdoor race that day in the area.

Lynn Olberding, vice president of the chamber, said the lack of competing races played a big role in running this new 5K in the middle of winter. She said it's also a way to promote employee health in the workplace, which is why the chamber is involved. Olberding also confirmed those 5 Rs in the word Chamburrrrr in the race title are in reference to the five kilometers in 5K. And, no, she's not a pirate.

I'm going to keep my eye on Jan. 26 and hope it fits my schedule so I can run. And hey, who knows, with the mild winters we've had lately it just might be 50 degrees that day.

Cost of the race is $17 for students and $20 for adults registered by Jan.18.

It will be worth the cost and the cold limbs when I'm able to call my mother that morning and say "I can't talk now mom, I've got to go outside and run a 5K."

That will be priceless.


Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don't necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or



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