Bust the rust with Run Your Ice Off

A new event has landed on Saskatoon’s road racing calendar.

Run Your Ice Off a collaboration between Craven SPORT Services and Prairie Run Crew takes place Sat. April 27, with 5km and 10km events on offer.

This week, race co-organizer Brandi Venne speaks to the Brainsport Times about the event and why you should sign up.

What: Prairie Run Crew has developed a reputation for putting on fun, high-energy, well-organized events and Run Your Ice Off will be no different, Venne says.

Both the 5km and 10km courses will be certified and sanctioned by Saskatchewan Athletics and Prairie Run Crew.

When: Race day is Sat. April 27. The 5km and 10km events start together at 9 a.m.

Where: The race starts and ends near the Victoria Park Boathouse. Both the 5km and 10km races are out-and-backs, with participants running south along the Meewasin Trail past the Gordie Howe Bridge before turning around.

Why: While Run Your Ice Off promises to be a fun event in itself, it is also a perfectly timed tune-up race for athletes registered for the Saskatchewan Marathon weekend four weeks later.

Tune up races “are a great way to get the kinks out before your A race,” Venne says. Not only do they give you an opportunity to test out your race day routine and gear (including shoes), they also give you a sense of where your fitness is at so you can set a realistic goal for your A race.

Plus, Run Your Ice Off is a fundraiser, with a portion of proceeds being donated to Arthritis Canada.

Register: Online registration is available through RaceResult. Cost to enter is $65 plus tax and includes a New Balance race shirt. Register before March 25 to be guaranteed a shirt.