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Runners brave the cold during the 2011 Beresford Frostbite Four. Photo by Dawn Coggins.
Runners brave the cold during the 2011 Beresford Frostbite Four. Photo by Dawn Coggins.
Runners brave the cold during the 2011 Beresford Frostbite Four. Photo by Dawn Coggins.
Runners brave the cold during the 2011 Beresford Frostbite Four. Photo by Dawn Coggins.

Beresford's Chilly Race

Feb 3, 2012

Winter road races are few and far between in South Dakota, but runners have been able to count on the Beresford Frostbite Four since 1999. The fundraiser for the Beresford Booster Club, featuring a four-mile run and a two-mile run/walk, starts tomorrow at 11 a.m. Unofficial race director, Kevin Nelson, says this is a record year for participants. “As of today we have 370 pre-registered in the two races,” says Nelson. “That is a far cry from our first year with about 70 total.” 

Three potential courses are marked in advance. Weather and wind direction on race day determines which one is used. Runners are bussed to whichever start gives the best chance of wind at your back. When I ran the four-mile race in 2009 I bundled up expecting the weather to live up to the race's name, but it was practically balmy with temps in the high forties. Last year's participants were treated to rain and ice, but the unpredictable conditions are part of the fun.

After the race is over, red-faced runners and walkers gather for a free chili and soup feed at the Bridges at Beresford golf course. The ceramic figurines of snowmen, penguins, polar bears and moose presented to the winners are highly coveted. But many participants are just as delighted to hear their name called for a door prize like a free t-shirt or box of golf balls. There’s still time to register at allsportcentral.com if you want to get in on the fun.

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