Frigid 5K Run & Plunge

Get your feet and heart racing as you take the plunge in the Frigid 5k. Warm up with a 5 kilometer run on the brand new Greenway Trail along Whitewater Center Parkway, then cool down very quickly as you leap into the chilly waters of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river.

Event Details:

  • Date – Saturday, February 13, 2016
  • Distance – 5K
  • Time – 8:00 a.m.
    • Course closes at 8:45 a.m.
    • Participants must be able to complete the course in 45 minutes
    • Vehicular traffic on the parkway will re-open at 8:45 a.m.


  • Pre-Registration – Must register by February 11th
    • $30
  • Race-Day Registration – if available
    • $37


Friday, February 12th

Saturday, February 13th

  • 6:30am – Race day registration and packet pick-up begins
  • 7:30am – Race day registration and packet pick-up ends
  • 8:00am – Frigid 5K begins
  • 8:45am – Awards
  • 8:45am – Course closes (runners may finish the course however official times may not be recorded)

*Note: All outbound traffic leaving the USNWC will be prohibited between 8:00-8:45am on race day


Be sure to bring a change of clothes and stick around for fire pits, hot chocolate, cookies, bananas, drinks, beer from NoDa Brewing Company and raffle prizes.


Awards will be given to the top three male/female finishers in the following age groups:

14-under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-better.


2016 Results:

2015 Results:

2014 Results:

2013 Results:





Additional Event Info:

  • Interested in volunteering? Please contact the Race Director at
  • Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable
  • All participants must sign the USNWC waiver before participating
  • Race bib must be visible and worn on the front of shirt to receive an accurate time
  • See Course Map for water stop location
  • Participants must be present to accept awards. Awards will not be mailed
  • Locker rooms are located at the main USNWC River Center
  • There will be no gear/bag check at the start/finish for this race
  • Event will proceed rain or shine unless conditions are deemed unsafe by the Race Director
  • All guests are required to pay a $5 parking fee at the USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass.
  • Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $40
  • Headphones, iPods, MP3 players, etc are discouraged for the safety of all participants
  • Remain attentive and courteous at all times, trails will be open to other runners, hikers and bikers
  • No pets allowed on the course
  • The USNWC does not conduct trail rescues in the event of an emergency. Participants are encouraged to call 911 THEN notify event staff if an emergency is encountered.

Questions / Comments

  1. Pete landreth February 12, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    We are registered to compete tomorrow. With the ridiculously cold temps, it will surely be frigid. Is the plunge still happening? See you tomorrow!

  2. Erin February 12, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Can a friend of mine pick up my packet tonight for me at sun and ski?

    • usnwcadmin February 12, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Hey Erin, yes they will be able to pick up for you.

  3. Kristen February 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Hi! Is there a sweatshirt this year line there was last year?

    • race director February 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Hey Kristen, the race giveaway this year is a custom USNWC towel. We are doing the sweatshirt add on with Color Me Green this year.

  4. Kim February 6, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I would like to participate in this 5K but do not want to jump in the water. Can I still register?

    • usnwcadmin February 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Hey Kim, you are not required to jump in the water to participate in Frigid. We look forward to your visit.

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