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Central Virginia runners prepare for Arctic 5K and Resolution Run

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It seems appropriate that the upcoming Arctic 5K Trail Race on Saturday, Jan. 25, takes place as most of the country suffers through an Arctic deep freeze.

After overnight lows in the single-digits in Central Virginia, the temperature will warm up to a balmy 20 degrees for a 9 a.m. start of the Arctic 5K, also known as "Ice, Sweat and Tears" on Saturday morning.

Registration is still open for the Arctic 5K, which begins at Liberty University Snowflex Centre. The Arctic 5K is the first race of the spring portion of the Liberty Mountain Trail Series.

Although the LMTS always draws a lot of Liberty University students, local trail runners and some hard-core road runners will also be out for a chilly morning run at the Arctic 5k.

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.

In addition, Liberty University will sponsor the Adventure Challenge on Feb. 8 at 9 a.m. at Camp Hydaway and a Fun Run on April 3.

The Adventure Challenge will include three elements: endurance, strength and agility with a 4 Mile Run, Obstacle Course, Mud Crawl and Log Toss.

Registration continues for the 4th Annual Boys & Girls Club Resolution Run and 2 Mile Run/Walk, which will be held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 1 in downtown Lynchburg.

Nearly 50 members of the Lynchburg Road Runners Club joined more than 100,000 runners around the globe on Jan. 18 to run Meg's Miles in memory of Meg Cross Menzies.

Meg, a young mom and avid runner, was training for this spring's Boston Marathon when she was struck by an SUV and killed near her Hanover, Va. home on Jan. 13.

The #megsmiles movement has united the running community all over the world and Lynchburg Road Runners members were honored to show their support for the Menzies family.

You can read more here about Running for Meg in Lynchburg.

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.

The Aid Station recently moved from Forest to 101 Northwynd Circle in the Wyndhurst community. 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.

Many local runners enjoy the Goode What Goes Down Must Come Up 4-Miler each year. The predict your time event will be held on March 8 in Goode.

The Lynchburg Road Runners 2014 Race Series, starting in April, consists of these six events:

Point of Honor 5K & Youth Mini-Mile on April 5
Spring into Spring 4 Miler on April 26
Memorial Day 10K Run & 2 Mile Walk on May 26
Presbyterian Homes & Family Services and Family Alliance 5K and Youth Run on June 21
Percival's Island 5-Miler on July 19
Lynchburg Half Marathon and 5K on Aug. 9

Distance trail runners have been training for the Holiday Lake 50k Trail Run, which begins at 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 15 at Holiday Lake in Appomattox.

This event is part of the six-race Beast Series which also includes:

Terrapin Mountain 50k & Half Marathon on March 22 in Sedalia
Promise Land 50k on April 26 in Bedford
Grindstone 100 on Oct. 3-5 in Staunton
Mountain Masochist Trail Run on Nov. 1 in Lynchburg
Hellgate 100 on Dec. 13 in Fincastle

Runners, cyclists and swimmers are preparing for the 12th Annual Angels Race Triathlon, which will be held in downtown Lynchburg on Sunday, April 27.

Whether you prefer road running, trail running, adventure running, endurance running or competing in triathlon events, there's a run waiting for you in central Virginia.

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