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Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 01:40 am


As winter sets in, many athletes begin moving their exercise regiments indoors to escape the cold. However, one Springfield group revels in the low temperatures.

The Frost Toes running group is a band of Springfield runners training for the Springfield Frostbite Festival’s 10-mile foot race on Dec. 6. Their motto? “It’s never too cold to run!”

Composed of joggers of all ages, the group hits the streets every Tuesday evening at 5:45 in Washington Park, meeting at the playground shelter for a lively jaunt through the leaf-covered roads. On Saturdays, the group assembles at 7 a.m. – before the sun has had a chance to warm up their chilled jogs. Starting and ending at Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. on the corner of Dirksen Drive and Washington Street, the Saturday jogs frequently wrap up with an informal potluck provided by the runners.

And if that’s not enough to make the rest of us feel lazy, there’s more.

On their outing last Saturday, the group ran nine miles, and then proceeded to collect a truckload of food to donate to the Central Illinois Foodbank.

If you’d like a fun and accepting group of Springfieldians with whom to run, just bring your running shoes and a good attitude to the Tuesday or Saturday starting point. And check out the Frost Toes running blog at http://frost-toes.blogspot.com.
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