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TOL PR 2016-11-08 Freeze Your Gizzard Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release November 8, 2016 Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 14th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” 5K Cross Country Race and 1 Mile Fun Run Set for Saturday, November 19, 2016 Event will collect donations of non-perishable food for Loudoun Hunger Relief. Leesburg, VA – Celebrate Thanksgiving a little early this year and take the opportunity to have fun, exercise, and perhaps win a turkey as you freeze your gizzard at Ida Lee Park! The Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief, is hosting the 14th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, November 19, 2016. Runners of all skill levels and ages are invited to join the fun in this cross country style race. The race will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016, and will begin at 9:00am in the front field of Ida Lee Park. The entry fee for pre-registration is $25 for the 5K and $10 for the 1 mile, plus 2 cans of food to be brought the day of the event. Day-of-event registration is also available beginning at 7:00am at $30 for the 5K and $15 for the 1 mile, plus 2 cans of food. Canned food will be donated to Loudoun Hunger Relief’s food bank. More than 1,200 lbs of food was donated at last year’s race. The race will be timed by Potomac River Running using the Chronotrack electronic timing system, a state-of-the-art timing system used in top races nation-wide. Pre-registration can be completed in person at the Ida Lee Park Recreation Center or on-line at www.prraces.com, until 8:00pm on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Pre-registered 5K runners will receive long-sleeve commemorative T-shirts and 1 mile runners will receive race medals. Refreshments for all runners will be provided following the race. Thanksgiving-themed prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place male and female finishers of the 5K for each age category. Age categories are 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 & over. Door prizes and prizes for Best Costumes will be awarded following the race. Come early and participate in the pre-race warm up and stretches! Dogs, wagons and strollers are not permitted on the course. The race will start and finish at the gazebo in the front field of Ida Lee Park. Please follow parking signs for the event. Parking for the event will be in the festival field and can only be accessed from North King Street (Business Route 15). There will be no access to race parking from Ida Lee Drive. For more information, please call 703-777-1368 or visit our website at www.idalee.org. # # #