Traverse City Kicks off the New Year with Frozen Rabbit 5K

Runners of all ages started the new year by going outside in Traverse City on Saturday morning.

The Frozen Rabbit 5K brought many of its costumed contestants back for another race.

Wes Sovin, specialist in donor relationships and course designer at Norte, was delighted that the participation was so good again.

“This year it’s really cool to have it back and have everyone together and start together – and it’s outside so it feels pretty safe and everyone is breaking up pretty quickly,” said Sovin. “So yeah, really cool to have them all back.”

Running a complete route in 12 degrees weather with wind chills is not always easy either.

“It’s cold, it’s a bit windy, but if you let yourself be stopped from running in northern Michigan, you probably won’t run much,” said Sovin.

Traverse City resident Nicole Enger ran herself as a frozen rabbit.

“I dressed up when they did the virtual one [race] and it was just a lot of fun for people, ”said Enger.

She enjoys the relaxed and fun environment that the event encourages.

“It’s not like, ‘Oh my god, I have to beat this person’, it’s just, get out into your community, enjoy it and, you know, support the community, too,” said Enger. “I think supporting it is a good thing.”

Fife Lake’s Dan Lantis has participated in every Frozen Rabbit 5K since it launched in 2019.

He has become a pretty familiar face at many racing events because of his American flag.

“It’s been from Marquette to Toledo and I love my country and my father served in the Navy and I really appreciate the people who serve our country,” Lantis said.

He says winter is his favorite time of the year and he loves being able to attend events like this.

“It’s just a good chance to get out and it doesn’t matter what the weather is, you know we’re doing all year round this year,” Lantis said.

Image 1040The donations from the race went to both Norte and Running Fit.

“Norte is the main beneficiary and we couldn’t do this without the support of Running Fit. You are doing a huge amount of promoting the event and helping, you know, to occupy the event, ”said Sovin. “You do a lot for our communities, so it’s great that you are committed to our organization.”

To find out how to get involved with Norte and be informed of their upcoming events, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

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