Preview: The First Annual Freeze (Salem; “extreme” obstacle course)

Had your fill of regular road races that only expect you to travel in a relatively straight line over terrain where your biggest obstacle is an acorn? If you’re in Salem and ready for something new, head out as an individual or a team to the inaugural running of The Freeze on March 7, 2015.

Copyright © The Inferno LLC. Apparently a tiger-lion with a black wig roaring at you from the mid-1990s best represents this race.

The Freeze is a 4-5 mile, so-called “extreme” obstacle course challenge that features more than twenty-five Cross Fit-style obstacles, including hauling sandbags and tires, climbing walls and negotiating monkey bars over a hilly but brief, cold, and (potentially) muddy course. If you think that the name of the race sounds similar to another newcomer to the Oregon race schedule, your powers of deduction do not deceive you– The Freeze is brought to you by the same people (The Inferno LLC) who brought you The Inferno, a summer obstacle course that Run Oregon blogger Chere recapped here. Chere thought The Inferno was one of the hardest but best obstacle courses that she’d ever run, and we’re sure The Freeze will live up to its big brother’s reputation. With a tiny field limited to 250 participants, this race will likely sell out soon.

Interested? If you’re really, REALLY ready to bring the pain, sign up to complete the Fire & Ice Challenge by completing both The Inferno & The Freeze in 2015. But first things first, here are the day-of details for The Freeze:

DISTANCE: 4-5 miles, depending on how you traverse the obstacles

WHERE: 5560 Zena Springs Road, Salem OR (same location as The Inferno, across from Zenith Vineyards)

WHEN: March 7, 2015 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

$$$: $59 until Jan 31st; $69 until Feb 21st; $79 until the registration cut off, March 3rd (competitive heats to place for awards are $5 additional)

PARKING: $10, bring exact cash as courtesy and common sense

FOOD: No guarantees, but based on the race sponsors we suspect that Seven Brides Brewing will be providing locally-crafted beers and KIND bars will be featured as well.

WHY: It’s one of Oregon’s rare winter races, and one of the only winter obstacle events.

CAVEAT: All participants, volunteers [sign up here], and spectators will be required to bring a signed waiver on event day. No waiver, no fun. All registrations are final (i.e., no refunds), but you can transfer your registration to another participant for $20.


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