Frigid 5K Run & Plunge

Kick off Valentine’s Day by taking the plunge in the Frigid 5k. Warm up with a 5 kilometer run along the length of Whitewater Center Parkway, then cool down very quickly as you leap into the chilly waters of our man-made whitewater river. This unique race is sure to get your feet and your heart racing.

Event Details:

  • Date – Saturday, February 14, 2015
  • 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 12
  • *Note: Must register by February 1 to guarantee a Frigid 5K specific running hat
  • *Note: Must register by February 8 to secure a sweatshirt
    • $25 – Frigid 5K running hat (no sweatshirt)
    • $50 – Frigid 5K running hat AND Recover Brand Sweatshirt
  • Race-Day Registration – if available
    • $33 – Running hat or beanie (no sweatshirt)
    • *Note: Frigid 5K running hats will be given out as supplies last


Friday, February 13th

  • 5:00-7:00pm – Packet pick-up location at NoDa Brewing Company
  • *Note: We encourage pre-registered runners to participate in the early packet pick-up to decrease race day lines

Saturday, February 14th

  • 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 towel and stick around for fire pits, hot chocolate, cookies, bananas, drinks, beer from NoDa Brewing Company and raffle prizes.


By pre-registering for this race, each participant will be entered into a drawing for a pair of Salomon shoes (two winners will be selected).

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.


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. Gregg December 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Is this race on a trail or a paved course?

    • usnwcadmin December 29, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Gregg, this race is primarily on a paved course.

  2. Owen January 1, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Is there any possibility to buy a season pass to all whitewater racing events?

    • usnwcadmin January 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Hey Owen, unfortunately we do not currently offer a Season Pass for Whitewater Race Series events.

  3. Claudette January 3, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Do the participants strip down to a swimsuit or jump in fully dressed?

    • usnwcadmin January 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

      Hi Claudette, that’s completely up to the participant.

  4. Melissa January 5, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Is this race to open to walkers?

    • usnwcadmin January 7, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Melissa, this race is open to walkers however the course closes at 8:45 meaning runners may finish the course although official times may not be recorded.

  5. Anna Myers January 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Do I have to take the plunge?

    • usnwcadmin January 20, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Hi Anna, we do not force participants to jump in the water.

  6. Chelsea January 16, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Is the hat a fitted, adjustable, or mesh type hat? And does it look the same as the sweatshirt? Or do you have a picture?


    • usnwcadmin January 22, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Chelsea, the hat is a runners hat. We’re saving the hat design release for race day.

  7. Chris January 16, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Do you have to ‘take the plunge’ – get wet at the end or can you opt out?

    • usnwcadmin January 20, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Hi Chris, we do not force participants to jump in the water.

  8. Elise January 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

    How large do the sweatshirts run?

    • usnwcadmin January 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Hi Elise, the sweatshirts run XS-XXL.

  9. Amanda January 22, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    Are the sweatshirts men’s sizes?

    • usnwcadmin January 26, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Hi Amanda, yes the sweatshirts are men’s sizes

  10. Andy January 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    So does this mean that you’ll have the pumps on? I sure would like to bring my kayak and take a run at the end of this…

    • usnwcadmin January 27, 2015 at 9:59 am

      Hi Andy, the pumps will not be on.

  11. Shawn Smith February 2, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Am I allowed to pick up my brothers packet on Friday when I get mine?

    • usnwcadmin February 3, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Hi Shawn, yes your are allowed to pick up your brothers packet on Friday, 2/13.

  12. Matt February 8, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Are strollers welcome for this run? It appears to be on the paved street coming into the Center. Thanks

    • usnwcadmin February 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Matt, unfortunately strollers are not allowed because of the stairs that you’ll have to run during this race.

  13. Meghan February 9, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    What is the easiest way to have access to our warm clothes and towels immediately after the plunge? Run with them? Car? Lockers, if there are enough?

    • usnwcadmin February 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Meghan, we will have lockers available. You may also drop them by the plunge area as long as they are not blocking the course.

  14. Christina February 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Hi! Will we have access to lockers to stow away our bags and towel during the race?


    • usnwcadmin February 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Hi Christina, we will have lockers available. You may also drop them by the plunge area as long as they are not blocking the course.

  15. Chelsea February 9, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Hi, Is it possible to still register and get a sweatshirt? I attempted to register but only see the $25 cost and not $50…

    • usnwcadmin February 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      Hi Chelsea, the cutoff date was 2/8 for the sweatshirts. However, there are other Recover Brand sweatshirts available in the Outfitter’s Store.

  16. Owen February 9, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Is there anyway to still get a sweatshirt?

    • usnwcadmin February 10, 2015 at 1:35 pm

      Hi Owen, the cutoff date was 2/8 for the sweatshirts. However, there are other Recover Brand sweatshirts available in the Outfitter’s Store.

  17. Bridget February 11, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Can we pick up someone else packet on Friday for them? Is there anything else besides the USNWC Waiver we would need to have them fill out?

    • usnwcadmin February 12, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Hi Bridget, yes you can. The waiver has already been filled out when they registered online. However, a photo ID would help the process.

  18. Beth Fisher February 11, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    My son and I were registered to run, and now have a conflict and can’t come. I understand money is non-transferable/non-refundable…can we have a friend pick up our sweatshirts for us?

    • usnwcadmin February 12, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Beth, we’re sorry to hear that. You can have your friend pick up your sweatshirts with a copy of your ID.

  19. Jason February 12, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Are the lockers for rent or do you bring your own lock?

    • usnwcadmin February 13, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Hi Jason, the lockers require tokens which we will be selling at packet pickup in the morning.

  20. k2 February 17, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Hey–seems like a no brainer, but unsure what ‘Time back” means on the results? Cant mean what I think based on top #s in group. Would you mind clarifying?

    • usnwcadmin February 19, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Hi k2, the time back refers to your time behind the first finisher.

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