Traverse City Kicks Off The New Year With Frozen Rabbit 5K

Runners of all ages began the new year by getting outside Saturday morning in Traverse City.

The Frozen Rabbit 5K brought back many of it’s costume-clad participants for another race.Thumbnail Img 2094

Norte Donor Relations Specialist and Course Designer Wes Sovin was happy to have such a good turnout once again.

“This year, it’s really cool to have it back and have everybody together and start together—and it’s outside, so it feels pretty safe and everybody separates pretty quickly,” Sovin said. “So yeah, really cool to have everybody back.”

Running a full course in 12 degree weather with windchills, is not always easy either.

“It’s cold, it’s a little windy, but if you let that stop you from running in Northern Michigan, you’re probably not going to do a whole lot of running,” Sovin said.

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

“I did dress up when they did the virtual [race] and it just brought a lot of joy to people,” Enger said.

She enjoys the relaxed and fun environment the event promotes.

“This isn’t like, ‘oh my gosh, I got to beat that person,’ this is just, get out in your community, enjoy it and, you know, as well as support of the community as well,” Enger said. “I think it’s a good thing to support.”

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

He’s become quite a familiar face at many race events for carrying an American flag.

“It’s been from Marquette to Toledo and I just love my country and my dad served in the Navy and I really have an appreciation for the people that serve our country,” Lantis said.

He says winter is his favorite season and he loves the chance to get involved with events like this.

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

Img 1040Donations from the race went to benefit both Norte and Running Fit.

“Norte is the main beneficiary and we couldn’t do it without the support of Running Fit, they’re huge contributors to promoting the event and helping, you know, staff the event,” Sovin said. “They do a ton for our communities, so it’s awesome that they’ve thrown their weight behind our organization.”

To learn how you can get involved with Norte and receive updates on their upcoming events, you can check out their website or follow them on Facebook.