Welcome to the official site of the Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run – one of the most distinctive foot races on the continent.
Welcome to the wacky winter festival known as Icebox Days – an annual celebration staged in what the world knows as the “Icebox of the Nation.” That trademarked moniker, given to us by Collier’s magazine decades ago, harbors plenty of implications but one thing is for sure ~ it keeps the media inquiring and has put us on the global map.
Events through the years have been covered by CBS, NBC and ABC networks and others. The Icebox and winter festival have also been featured on The Travel Channel, The Weather Channel, MSNBC, Lifetime and dozens of national and international publications. A few years ago, Emmy Award-winning television journalist JuJu Chang visited with her son and producer, resulting in an International Falls feature on the ABC program “Nightline.”
Yet there’s still a lot more you need to know about us. Our people live here because they love the area and are inhabited with an affection for nature illustrated in joyous winter activity and winter resiliency.
Sure – we celebrate winter with our wacky and wonderful winter festival. But here’s another thing: International Falls is beautiful in four distinct seasons – breathtakingly pristine winters melt into heavenly summers, and glorious autumns. In the meantime, Icebox Days is packed full of fun and zany games for all people, including frozen turkey bowling; the locally invented “smoosh” races; moonlight skiing in Voyageurs National Park; the infamous “Gizzard” runs and much more (as you will see in the schedule). After the races, celebrate at the the FYGB Runners Reception. Be sure to catch the exhilarating FIREWORKS under the winter sky at 6 p.m. Saturday near Smokey Bear Park. Then, join everyone for an evening of fun at the all new “Warm Yer Innards Party” which is planned as a Pub Crawl!
Icebox Days are coordinated by the International Falls Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the city of International Falls, generous sponsors and dozens of volunteers. You are warmly welcomed to the Icebox of the Nation for the 36th amazing year of Icebox Days and Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run.
Are you bold enough to run with us?! Register today.
Photo Credit: Chamber Member ~ Capture Your Moment Photography, Jackie Briggs
2015 Marked 35 Amazing Years of the Annual Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run
(35th Year) 2015 Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Runs 5K and 10K Results and Certificates Awarded:
5K Female Champion: Molly Pennings, 39, Culver, MN 22:03
5K Male Champion: Mike Ward, 25, Duluth, 18:37
Youngest to Finish: Cohlton Schultz, Age 10, International Falls
Youngest Participant: Lexi Wing, Age 5, Solway, MN
Most Mature Runner: Leonard Olson, Age 76, International Falls
Runner Traveling the Farthest: Rachel Stone, Anchorage Alaska
10K Female Champion: Molly Pennings, 39, Culver, MN 43:09
10K Male Champion: Kyle Smith, 27, Silver Bay, MN 34:18
Youngest to Finish: Paul Harder, Age 12, International Falls
Most Mature Runner: John Lally, Age 70, Denison, IA
Runner Traveling the Farthest: Carla Goulart, Alameda Das Barras, Brazil
268 crossed the finish line
12 & Under Participating:
- Cohlton Shultz, 10, International Falls
- Keira Walberg, 11, Cold Springs
- Andi Williams, 11, International Falls
- Will Serrano, 11, International Falls
- Isabella Willmarth, 11, International Falls
- Alyssa Short, 11, International Falls
- Paul Harder, 12, International Falls
- Lexi Wing, 5, Solway, MN