Don’t Let Winter Weather Stop You From Running These Area Races!


Earlier than expected, winter weather is here–and likely to stay. Being stuck inside with kids, finding ways to exercise, and making time for oneself, are hard to come by as a mom. Complaining aside, I’m going to put one foot in front of the other in an effort to embrace it. My method: running.  

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Why I Run — Even in the cold-weather

Like so many financially strapped students, I started running in college when paying for a gym membership was unaffordable. My options were limited and running was essentially free–other than buying some good shoes.

At first, I hated it. It wasn’t until a friend encouraged me to work for something that running became a great resource to decompress from my day. That was when I entered my first cold-weather race. That icy Sunday I ran my first 5k. Cheeks rosy, fingers numb, I finished the race. The adrenaline of that 5k gave me a purpose and a love for running. 

Which is why, every year when the trees are bare and snows starts to hit the ground, I look for some cold weather races in the area to continue my fitness goals. Below are local races from November through March. If you are not a runner, walking is also an option. Each race offers a little something for everyone. 

Local Cold-Weather Races

Festival Foods Turkey Trot •  November 28, 2019

Location:  Green Bay @ 1265 Lombardi Ave
                      Appleton @ 355 W. Lawrence Street
Race: 5-mile timed race or 2-mile untimed run/walk
Time: 6:30am

What makes this event great?
Indulge in a few more servings of mashed potatoes. Plus get your furry friend involved in the 2 mi dog jog. For those that cannot be on-site, there is a virtual race option. 

Noodleini Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk • December 1, 2019

Location: West DePere High School @ 665 Grant St., De Pere
Race: 5k or half marathon
Time: 8:10am or 8:00am 

What makes this event great?
The event is advertised for all ages. Check at Noodles & Company for a $3 race discount. 

Jingle Bell Run • December 7, 2019

Location: Kress Events Center @ 2358 Leon Bond Drive
Race: 5k run, 1-mile walk
Time: 9:00am

What makes this event great?
100% of the registration goes to the Arthritis Foundation. Costume contest and holiday festivities. 

Winter Warrior 5k • January 25, 2020

Location: Mid Vallee Golf Course @ 3850 Mid Valley Drive, De Pere
Race: 5k run/walk/snowshoe
Time: 10:00am

What makes this event great?
Snow is not removed from the course. Runners endure the cold and elements. Proceeds go to Desert Veterans of Wisconsin.

Seroogy’s Valentine Run • February 8, 2020

Location: Registration at Seroogy’s @ 144 N Wisconsin St, De Pere; Race on Broadway 
Race: 5k or 15K
Time: 8:00am

What makes this event great?
The event is advertised for all ages.  Participants receive a  chocolate bar, a long sleeve tee, hot chocolate or coffee.

PI Day 5K • March 7, 2020

Location: Doty Street Green Bay
Race: 5k & Kid Sprint
Time: 8:00am

What makes this event great?
Designed and organized by Leonardo Da Vinci School’s 5th graders. Proceeds from the race go to the Humane Society! 

Did we miss your favorite cold-weather race??  Let us know in the comments!!


  1. Awesome article Amanda. I am new to running but excited to run this winter. Green Bay Parks and Recreation has a race on January 10th called Frenzy on the Fox. You get a winter beanie for that one.

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