Frigid 5K Run & Plunge | U.S. National Whitewater Center

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
  • *Note: Must register by February 8
    • $30
  • Race-Day Registration – if available
    • $37


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 towel 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.

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. Carolyn November 6, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Will there be shirts for this race for 2016?

    • race director November 11, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      Hey Carolyn, there will not be shirts for this race in 2016. The race giveaway will be a warm and cozy blanket.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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