Fantastic Frigid 5K Series

Sat January 8 - Sat January 22 Delaware, OH 43015 US Directions RaceJoy Ready

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As of November 29, 2021, this race series is officially sold out and no additional spots will be made available. Thanks to those who have signed up and we are looking forward to a great series in January!

Join us for the 2022 Fantastic Frigid 5K's! We're excited to again team up with Stratford Ecological Center for these events, both races will be hosted on the Stratford property and will provide you with a scenic tour around the nature preserve. The course is mostly on nature trails with some small sections that are on pavement. We're looking forward to having you join us for a great Frigid 5K experience.

The Fantastic Frigid 5K Series is part of the 2022 season of the RUNColumbus Race Series!

Other important details

Early Packet Pickup

Pre-race number pick-up will take place at the POWELL CRC (141 Greenside St Unit A, Powell, OH 43065) the Thursday and Friday immediately preceding each race (Jan 6th and 7th for Race 1, January 20th and 21st for Race 2). Race day registration (while available, each race is capped at 120 participants) and number pick-up will begin at 9:00 am inside the Education Building at Stratford. This is the first building to the right when you get through the woods on the driveway. Indoor restroom access will be available. All other activities will be outdoors. It is the Frigid 5K after all!

Race Day Timeline

*Please note that this schedule will be followed for both race dates. For safety and monitoring purposes, we will not be allowing any late starts, so please plan to be on-site by 9:30-9:40 to ensure that you can start the race on-time at 10:15.*

9:00 AM - Race day check-in/packet pickup will begin inside the Stratford Ecological Center information building. Restrooms are available inside. Please do try to avoid tracking in too much dirt so we can continue to use the (warm) indoor facilities!
10:00 AM - All participants head to the start line for pre-race instructions
10:15 AM - The Fantastic Frigid 5K is underway!
After you finish - FREE hot dogs and other assorted snacks by the outdoor fire on the information building patio
~11:00 AM - Awards presentation on the information building patio
Post-race - Head home and warm up!


Yes, races give this stuff away. Often shirts, hats, or something similar. They call it ‘goodie bags’, ‘Swag’, or ‘free stuff’. What are you going to get when you sign up for this race? Well, first off Mother Nature is going to slap you silly for more than three miles. She’s got cold hands. Everyone will get a little extra snot on their lip. Courtesy of your own nose, hopefully. Best of all you’ll get a heavy dose of pride. Every year, the Frigid 5K changes up our swag. This year, we're giving away an awesome Frigid 5K long sleeve t-shirt and a pair of hand warmers. These are available for each registrant. Please note: if you sign up for both races, you only get one long sleeve t-shirt (but we will get you two hand-warmers)!

Age group awards

Delicious baked goods will be provided for top finishers and age group winners. 19&U, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.

Post-race food and beverage options

Hot chocolate will be provided. Other post-race refreshments may include water, fruit, and chips. The famous Frigid 5K hot dogs are also BACK!


Gone are the days of a frozen trip to the porta-john. Again, this year we'll have access to (cue trumpets) indoor restrooms with heating, flushing toilets, all the best 21st Century amenities!


Free parking is available at Stratford Ecological Center, but is somewhat limited. We highly encourage car-pooling. Overflow parking is available and may be utilized if conditions dictate on race day. Please follow the instructions of all event staff regarding parking.

Other notes

- The registration area (inside the Education Building) will open to race participants at 9:00 am, please arrive no later than 9:40 am to ensure that the day runs smoothly and on-time. No late starts will be allowed!

- For your sanity, DRESS WARM!

- We are not responsible for snow and/or ice on the course.

- This event does not allow participation with dogs, all participants must run and/or walk (ie, no bicycles, hoverboards, horses, zebras, or anything else)

- Don't touch the fences. Seriously.

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Fantastic Frigid 5K Series.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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