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For the determined, the winter chill won't interrupt their winter workout

Staff writers
January 22, 2013 — How cold does it have to be before you'll move your outdoor plans inside? Kelsey McEwen introduces us to Calgarians who don't have a problem with the deep freeze.

Some people don't let a little nip in the air keep them off the trails.
Some people don't let a little nip in the air keep them off the trails.

As cold as it is in the Prairies these days, Calgary's Prince's Park is not desolate.

At the crack of dawn, the bike paths are already in use, runners are getting their early morning workout and others are walking to the office -- with the mercury well below zero.

"It's not cold," one man laughs. "Cold is forty below! Where I come from, no, this is nothing."

Statistically, January is the coldest month across Canada, and the cities of the Prairies are not spared the chill.

In Calgary, the average daytime high is only -3C. But in the hours around dawn, the temperature is nearer the overnight low of around -15C.

No problem, though, to judge by the Calgarians braving the early-morning cold with every sign of enjoyment -- and a good bundling up.

"Actually I'm pretty good," one says. "As long as my core is warm, I feel that I'm good to go."

It's certainly encouraged to keep active in the winter months, as in the summer, even when a cozy blanket would be more preferable than a frigid trail.

But even so, sometimes the windchill can be enough to drive people away, or at least curb their enthusiasm as they traverse Calgary's extensive system of pathways.

But despite the chill the start of the year brings, the hustle and bustle of the paths shows, no matter how frigid it gets, it won't be enough to stop the people who just plain love the outdoors.

With files from Kelsey McEwen. 

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