The Appleton Freezer is one of the Striders' oldest organized running events with this year having celebrated it's 37th running. With it's mid January schedule date this race has historically drawn a competitive field of local high school runners who during this time are building up to the spring's track season. For the more social runners among us the race has provided positive motivation to get out there during the height of winter and see where one's fitness is as the running season kicks off. Speaking of winter and the typically cold temperatures that runners brave during this event, the Striders rent out the Appleton Elementary School's cafeteria to provide participants a respite from the elements.
The race boasts $50 prize money in cash for both the first place Male and Female finishers with second and third place runners receiving apple pies. Local business provide coffee to keep the runners caffeinated as well as additional prizes that are raffled off during the awards ceremony.
The official race route begins at the east edge of the Appleton Elementary School's south drop off loop @ H Road. Run H road east to 24 Road. Take 24 Road north and turn left on I Road. Run down I road and take a left on 23 Road. Take a final left on H road and finish in the Elementary School's drop off loop.