21st Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” Scheduled for Saturday, November 18

2023 Freeze Your Gizzard LogoLeesburg, VA (October 17, 2023) – The Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief, is hosting the 21st annual Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, November 18. Runners of all skill levels and ages are invited to join this community tradition.

The cross-country style 5K run will begin at 9 a.m. near the gazebo in the front field of Ida Lee Park. It will run through a scenic cross-country course along Ida Lee Park’s 138 acres. A 1-mile Fun Run will begin at 9:45 a.m. No dogs, wagons, or baby strollers are allowed on the course due to uneven terrain.

Registration for the 5k is $30 through November 11. Prices will increase on November 12. Registration for the one-mile fun run is $15. Prices will increase on November 16. Register here for each race.

All pre-registered 5k participants will receive a commemorative “Freeze Your Gizzard” long-sleeve performance t-shirt. Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers as well as the top three male and female finishers of the 5k in each age category. The one-mile fun runner will receive a commemorative finishers’ medal.

All participants are being asked to consider a monetary donation for Loudoun Hunger Relief, which can be made during online registration. Participants may also bring non-perishable food items on the day of the race.

Parking for the event will be in the festival parking 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 www.idalee.org.