ESCANABA - Those looking for a new challenge to conquer this year can visit Ludington Park later this month for the first ever Conquer the Cold winter obstacle event being hosted by the Delta County Jaycees.
"Obstacle course events are popular right now. There are a few extreme events like Tough Mudder," said Jessica Erickson, event chairperson. "We wanted to do a family-friendly version, winter themed, something that would be fun without being intimidating."
The un-timed obstacle course event will be held in conjunction with the Big Brothers Big Sisters 8th Annual Jig-It Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Jan. 25 at Ludington Park in Escanaba. Conquer the Cold will include a running portion and 10 winter-themed obstacles for participants to tackle.
Registration for the event is $35 and will include an embroidered winter hat and a post-race meal.
"The meal will be purchased from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Jig-It event, which is held the same day," said Erickson, noting the meal was a way for participants to support both the Jaycees and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area.
All funds raised by the Jaycees during the event will be used to fund the Thanksgiving baskets program, which provides food to needy families during the holiday, or given out to various charities in Delta County.
Registration forms can be found on the Delta County Jaycees website at www.deltacountyjaycees.com, and pre-registrations are due by Jan. 15. Check in the day of the event will begin at 10 a.m., with the first wave of obstacle course participants beginning at 10:30 a.m.
"We are not accepting same day registrations. Since we are starting the participants in waves and teams together, we need to know how many participants we have in order to organize the start times," said Erickson.
Erickson recommends teams of five to 10 participants, however if a team of two wanted to run the course together accommodations would be made.
All participants should dress comfortably and be aware that snow is a major component of the course.
"They will be walking or running through snow, climbing a snow pile, so definitely gloves, and clothes that can get wet," said Erickson.
A children's obstacle course hosted by Delta Fitcamp will also be available. Those interested in registering for the kids obstacle course should contact Jody at 399-9759.