The event was a huge success, raising $6,500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The weather was a big help, said race organizer Lloyd Schmidt.
“There was hardly any wind, it was a good temperature –- people were running in shorts today,” he laughed. “Considering yesterday there was a lot of wind, and tonight we’re supposed to get a lot of snow, we fit right in the middle and it was just fantastic.”
The Re-Fridgee-Eighter Run -- so-called because participants can opt to run eight kilometres or eight miles -- is the first race hosted by Run Waterloo each year and the organization's only winter event.
Schmidt said some people may be put off by the idea of running in the cold, but as long as the right clothing is worn, it's not that bad.
The most important thing for safe and comfortable cold-weather running is to keep the torso and extremities warm and protected, Schmidt said.
“Technical clothing is the most important because it keeps you dry. If you wear a cotton shirt, the cotton gets wet when you sweat and then your body stays wet and gets cold,” he explained. “The technical allows the perspiration to go through it and your body stays dry.”
Legs stay warm because they're constantly in motion, he added, but the hands and head lose heat quickly, so it's important to cover them up.
Running is a fun activity that can be done year-round, Schmidt said -- just ask the hundreds of people who sign up for the Re-Fridgee-Eighter Run every year.
“A lot of people run the race every year,” he said. “They look forward to it.”
Run Waterloo's next event is the 9th annual ENDURrace in April.