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Arctic 5K lives up to its name

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The Arctic 5K Trail Race was held in frigid temperatures on Saturday, January 25, 2014. The event, known as "Ice, Sweat and Tears", was held on the Liberty University trails in Lynchburg, Va.

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The Arctic 5K is the first race of the spring portion of the Liberty Mountain Trail Series. The LMTS always draws a lot of Liberty University students, but some local runners also ran the Arctic 5K.

Some of those running were dressed for the weather with long sleeves, hats and gloves, while others sported tank tops and shorts. 166 runners completed the race.

Riverside Runners provided timing services at the Arctic 5K. You will find complete results from the Arctic 5K at their website.

The top three male finishers were Brandon Taylor, 24:21; Micah Armbrose, 26:38; and Scott Miller, 26:49. The top three female finishers were Samantha Schreiber, 29:46; Lyndi Fielitz, 31:09; and Sarah Quigg, 32:20.

The Male Masters award went to Darrell Wargo with a time of 33:40. The Female Masters award went to Debbie Grishaw with a time of 44:20.

The other two races in the Trail Series are the Liberty Mountain 5K Trail Race on Feb. 15 and the Bald Mountain 10K on April 26.

The next run for many local runners is the 4th Annual Boys & Girls Club Resolution Run, a 2-mile run/walk which will be held at 3 p.m. on February 1 in downtown Lynchburg.

The Resolution Run was created to help members of the Boys & Girls Club, their families and the community begin or continue their commitment to a healthy and active lifestyle.

Following the Resolution Run, there will be refreshments, awards, inflatables and face painting at the Boys & Girls Club, located at 1101 Madison Street.

Runners can register for most local races at Riverside Runners, located at 2480 Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg. The local running shop has been serving the needs of Lynchburg runners for many years.

Runners can also register at The Aid Station, located at 101 Northwynd Circle in Wyndhurst. The Aid Station offers a wide selection of trail and road running items.

The Aid Station is offering several running clinics. The clinics include a 10-week Injury Prevention and Strength Program which began Jan. 22, 8-week Intro to Running starting Jan. 29, Half Marathon Training starting Jan. 30, and Running for Weight Loss which began Jan. 21 and continues through April 15.

Running is a great way for people of all ages to stay in shape and enjoy a healthy, active lifestyle.

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