For the first time in years, the annual YMCA Frostbite races began under rain-filled skies on Dec. 28. Fortunately, the rain was short-lived, resulting in a fun family outing for hundreds of runners and spectators. 


“Building a healthy spirit, mind and body has always been at the heart of the Y and the Frostbite race is a great example of how we continue to show our commitment to that goal,” says Jeremy Tackett, senior program director at the Sumner County Family YMCA. “This year’s event raised over $20,000 which will help support many of our outreach programs, including After Breast Cancer, Learn to Swim, Small Group Ministries and Summer Day Camp scholarships.”


Nearly 400 runners competed in the 17th Frostbite event, which included competitive 5K and 10K races and an untimed fun run. The Frostbite races comprise the fourth leg of the Hendersonville Race Series, which also includes the Memorial Day Classic, the Hendersonville Half-Marathon and the Indian Lake Loop.


Following the races, 10 adventurous individuals participated in the Polar Plunge, which consisted of leaping into the cold 45° water of the YMCA’s outside pool.

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