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Feb. 17, 2007

Hundreds brave the cold for Frostbite 5K

Kaiser, Alessandro win Polar Bear Grand Prix points titles

By NATHAN CHAMBERS
BeyondTheDerby.com

Although quite literally freezing cold when hundreds of people gathered near the Cherokee Park rugby field for the Frostbite 5K on Saturday morning, it was almost balmy for those who have been running and walking outside recently.

“It’s not too bad,” Tim Kaiser said, shortly after winning the five-kilometer race through the park in the 30-degree temperature. “It’s a little cold out here, but it’s a fine day. It’s been a nice winter so far except for the last couple weeks."

Like many of the other 543 race participants, Kaiser has endured temperatures in the teens and even the single digits as he trained for the upcoming Louisville Triple Crown of Running.

The Frostbite 5K, which is the last of three road races in Fleet Feet Louisville’s Polar Bear Grand Prix, also is one of the final preps for the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Anthem 5K Fitness Classic, on March 3.

“I like to use this as a nice winter series to keep me warm for the real racing in the spring,” Kaiser said. “I think most people do it just to keep in shape over the winter.”

Kaiser ran for the University of Louisville before graduating last year and recently joined the Fleet Feet racing team. A newcomer to road races, he won all three in the Polar Bear Grand Prix – including the Reindeer Romp 4K on Dec. 16 and the Snowman Shuffle 4 Mile on Jan. 20 – to become the men’s overall series champion. Former Bellarmine University runner Jen Alessandro repeated as the women’s overall series champion.

Kaiser won in 15:41.1 on Saturday. One of his former U of L teammates, Mike Horan, placed second – just as he did in the previous two races – when he held off South Oldham High School senior Derek Berry in a sprint to the finish line.

Horan crossed in 16:02.5, and Berry, who was fourth in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class AAA State Cross Country Meet in November, was next in 16:03.3. Horan and Berry also were second and third, respectively, in the series standings.

Bonita Paul, a former Western Kentucky University star who won the 2005 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon, was the first woman to finish and placed 12th overall in 17:54.0. Alessandro, who won each of the other two Polar Bear Grand Prix races, was right behind her in 17:59.9. Larra Overton, a former Indiana University runner, was third in 18:42.4.

Natalie Postel and Roberta Meyer were second and third, respectively, after Alessandro in the series standings. Paul did not run in either of the other races in the series.

Complete race results and many more photos are available on Fleet Feet Louisville’s Web site.