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Polar Bear RUN!!!!


Sunday, February 24, 2013

I woke up to a cold Saturday morning in Utah, about 30F degrees with snow on the horizon. It was race day and I was about to run outside in a tank top and shorts for a 5K. I wasn't sure what to expect. I had never done an event like this before.



I got to the race and noticed about thirty or so people preparing to run. I got my race packet and was marked with the number #30 on my hand. I was a little nervous about the cold. It looked pretty grim outside as well. I felt comfort in the fact that it was only a half mile course that I could repeat to complete the 5K distance. If I felt too cold, I could give up at any point. I was hoping that I would make it the full distance though.



By 8:30 am, all the participants lined up at the starting line. Some people wore just shorts and some women wore bikini tops. There was even a shirtless guy in a hula skirt and an orange wig. I had a black tank top and shorts on.





We were off. The course was on a paved trailway that went across a bridge and had nice scenery. There was snow everywhere, even spread out on the running path. The crisp winter air was invigorating and the cool temperature seemed almost pleasant.





I was making good time and I was ahead of most of the other racers. I could tell that I was pushing myself a bit with my abilities. I wanted to do my best and the pace seemed to keep my pretty warm. I made it through the first lap. I got a paw print stamp on my arm and continued to push through.



I started to slow my pace, I was getting pretty worn out about the third lap. I started walking for a few moments to catch my breath. As I saw that people were passing me, I got back running again. I wasn't feeling that cold. I was sure that I would if I stopped running. I wanted to see this race through to the end. I kept going.



I was set on finishing 6 laps to equal a 5K (3.1 mile) distance. By lap four, I was feeling quite worn out. I wasn't about to give up though. I did noticed that the Hula skirt man, having already passed my several times, was still making the rounds through the course. He should have finished the race by now, I thought.




I had one more lap to go, but my pace was not as fast as the beginning. I saw a lady that was trailing behind me most of the race starting to catch up. I wasn't sure if I could keep her from passing me. By the final turn around, she got some speed and got ahead of me. I wasn't too disappointed though. I was still in front of a few people...



I FINISHED!!! The race wasn't timed. I didn't even have my stop watch on to see how I did. But, I checked the time and it was 9:10am.



There were many people out there with cameras taking pictures. I wasn't even sure if they were from the event or just bystanders of the race. Either way, it didn't bother me.

Later, I found out that the race was featured in a story on the local news as well as on the front page of the Sunday paper. I was quite excited about that. I have some of the links listed.

http://www.wsusignpost.com/2
013/02/23/cold-tests-runne
rs-endurance-in-polar-bear
-run-32005

https://www.facebook.com/Uta
hEnduranceEvents

http://www.standard.net/slid
eshows/2013/02/23/scantily
-clad-polar-bear-run?page=1,4

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience. I would recommend everyone do this race. I will DEFINITELY do this race again next year. It was super fun!!
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FREETOWANDER 2/26/2013 10:24PM

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MARTYLYNN1 2/26/2013 6:57PM

    emoticon I believe I will leave the Polar Bear runs up to others. emoticon
You did great and should be proud of your accomplishments!

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BREW99 2/26/2013 3:29PM

    oh my goodness - that looks cold! Congratulations on the finish! Wow! emoticon

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AUSFAM 2/26/2013 11:55AM

    Awesome! Looks like a BLAST!

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MARATHON-RUNNER 2/26/2013 12:01AM

    I think it's a wonderful accomplishment!!! You can be very proud of yourself!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JILLYBEAN25 2/25/2013 9:50PM

    emoticon So awesome that you pushed yourself and finished! Even in shorts and a tank in the freezing 30F weather! Good for you!!!

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CLPURNELL 2/25/2013 9:27PM

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Man it looked cold!

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MRSP90X 2/25/2013 7:44PM

    Great pics! Looked like fun! Working out in the crisp cold air is invigorating! Congrats for finishing! Great acomplishment and an experience you will always remember! emoticon

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CIRANDELLA 2/25/2013 6:45PM

    emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon Hearty congratulations on a really AMAZING feat-for-the-feet, Aurora! I almost had to put on my winter coat (and I'm INSIDE!) just looking at you guys running in summer running clothes out in that snow! You're a stalwart bunch, and you? You look like you were BORN to run! Well DONE! And thanks for the great pictures, too - I got such a kick out of the red-haired dude :)

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BYRONMILLET 2/25/2013 6:19PM

  Nice job! I plan on running this next year with you

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ELLFIN3 2/25/2013 5:07PM

    AWESOME!!!!! Congrats! Great Pics!! (((((HUGS)))))

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SWTBELLA 2/25/2013 4:39PM

    emoticon you're truly amazing & I admire you for pushing yourself even in such cold temperatures! I enjoyed reading your blog & adding the pics makes it even more fun thanks for sharing! YOU ROCK emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KJELLYBEAN15 2/25/2013 4:05PM

    Wow - how great. Love the pics. You did great. Kudos and congrats.

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JENI-OH! 2/25/2013 2:02PM

    Sounds like a fun race!

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AJDOVER1 2/25/2013 1:29PM

    It's so much fun reading about your events! Thanks so much for sharing them. You look great!

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MAXMAMA45 2/25/2013 1:05PM

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Good for you!!

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UTE_TOPIA 2/25/2013 12:57PM

  WAY TO GO GIRL!! emoticon

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LZY0108 2/25/2013 12:35PM

    Sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing! Love all the pictures! emoticon emoticon

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KAJANA 2/25/2013 12:25PM

    wooooow!!!. IN THE COLD, short/t shirt. LOL You are one tough cookie.. I couldn't .. I'm glad you enjoyed it though.

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SHANECODER 2/25/2013 12:18PM

    Good job!

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PMRUNNER 2/25/2013 11:56AM

    Sounds fun!

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NATPLUMMER 2/25/2013 11:48AM

    emoticon emoticon You are crazy, woman!!! emoticon

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NEWSGIRL2177 2/25/2013 11:24AM

    How fun! You did superawesome. Congrats!

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GLORIAMAJDI 2/25/2013 8:31AM

    Yikes, I would have been freezIng! Congrats on finishing! emoticon

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WINDSURFNERD 2/25/2013 1:23AM

    Ooohh! Brrrr! Good job...i can't imagine running in only shorts and tank top and I don't even have snow! You're super tough, LoL!

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SUPERTAM 2/24/2013 11:53PM

    emoticon Love the details & the pics!! You all were so Brave running in that cold weather, barely dressed!! emoticon

Thanks for sharing!! Have a Super Week!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 2/24/2013 11:49PM

    Sounds awesome! Great job!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/24/2013 11:18PM

    Sounds awesome! That took a lot of guts. Congrats!

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