FLETCHER — The Annual Frostbite Races presented by Hunter Subaru and the Lelia Patterson Center is set for the afternoon on Sunday, Feb. 21. Celebrating 29 years of memories at the annual Frostbite, which is the oldest foot race in Henderson County.

This year’s event will offer both a virtual race option and an in-person, socially distanced 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run. Both the 10k & 5K courses provide views of Hutch Mountain and are on hilly, sometimes challenging terrain with steep inclines. The flat, fast 1 mile course makes this premier racing event an opportunity for all running levels and ages. The Frostbite races all start and finish at the Lelia Patterson Center.

New for 2021:

The 2021 Frostbite races are designated safe races, with pre-race temperature & COVID screenings, wave starts and social distance measures will be in place throughout the event. Limited spots available.

New Shirt designs! We love our traditional penguin logo, but wanted to freshen things up a bit for the 29th event. We have super cool, ‘snowflake’ logo’d tees!

Finisher Medals! ALL finishers in the 1 mile, 5k, & 10k ALL will receive a super-cool, up-cycled, custom-designed finisher medal at the finish line.

Follow along as we tour the 2021 Frostbite Race courses - One Mile, 5K & 10K & Challenge (both the 5K &10K). The Frostbite Races presented by Hunter Subaru, are in their 29th year and start and finish at the Lelia Patterson Center in Fletcher, North Carolina. The 2021 race date is set for Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 and all races take place in the afternoon. 

Virtual Race: Not able to make the event in person but don’t want to miss out on the annual tradition? No problem, run your own race anywhere at any time and get the race shirt and medal mailed to you.

New Challenge Option: Runners can now do the 10k and the 5k races, back-to back. Our new challenge offers endurance runners an opportunity to run 9.3 miles (15k) at the race. Special swag for Challenge runners.

Enhanced giveaway options: Runners can select to upgrade their short sleeve to a long sleeve shirt during online registration.

The typical annual Family Fun Day and Wellness Expo at the Lelia Patterson Center has been postponed, due to COVID-19 guidelines.

“In order to keep our community and runners safe throughout the race experience, we will keep all our activities and happenings on race day located outdoors for the 2021 edition of the Frostbite races. We will miss the fun, family expo that typically takes place indoors at the LPC, but the expo will return in 2022 for our 30th annual race celebration,” said Frostbite Race Director, Daphne Kirkwood.

Registration: For generations this event has been a family tradition and this year is no different. We are cordially inviting all past participants and community members to join us for this special commemorative event.  All finishers will receive a finisher medal at the finish line. 

For more information, or to volunteer to help out with this traditional Henderson County event, contact events@idaph.net, or check out our race website at https://idaph.net/events/frostbite/.