Some people feel that first chill of winter and spend much of the next three months inside while others take a different approach. Channel 6 News ran across a group dedicated to helping others and doing it in a heartwarming way.
The sun was shining and it was only about 10 degrees below freezing on Saturday and snow and ice cover most of the Heartland. About 100 runners braved the conditions at Quarry Oaks to run a 5K to benefit the food banks of both Omaha and Lincoln.
They say once you start running you really don't feel the cold and the scenery at Quarry Oaks is unparalleled, but this 5K wasn't a typical run.
The thought of running in Nebraska in December may sound extreme, but the runners enjoyed the challenge. "The hills were a little tricky and it was actually the downhill you had to worry about because it was a little slushy and icy so you really had to slow down where usually you use the hills to gain momentum," said Michelle Marcuzzo.
The runners had to adjust to the conditions, but now have some valuable winter running experience. It will come in handy as this was just the inaugural Show Me Your Cans 5K to benefit Omaha and Lincoln food banks. There will be another one next December.
"There was a fee to run the race and then we asked everybody to bring five cans of canned goods with them so we should have about 500 canned goods and we're going to donate about $1,000 to the food banks today," said Joe Sutter.
The charitable aspect of the run is what enticed Marcuzzo to abandon the treadmill for the great outdoors. "Usually I'm a summer runner, but this was kind of fun. I did this because someone talked me into it and I would do it again." Michelle now has experience running in a Nebraska December and plans to come back next year.
Despite running on snow and ice the times were good. Top time was 17 minutes. The first woman to cross the finish line was at about 20 minutes.