Charity: U of S Huskie Cross Country Team
Distances: 5km, 10km, Half Marathon
In Saskatoon, we’re not scared of winter—we embrace it! Brainsport’s Brainfreeze is a winter run that raises money for the U of S Cross Country Team. Enjoy the snow-coated scenery as you choose from a 5km, 10km or half marathon run along the beautiful South Saskatchewan River.
We love running, and we’re not fairweather runners. Rain, shine or freeze, we’re out there pounding the pavement. The Brainfreeze is a celebration of winter running at its finest!
Race profits go to the U of S Cross Country Team. Through a Brainsport Brainfreeze scholarship and donations to the team, Brainsport contributes to the perseverance of running. The owner of Brainsport – Brian, took just enough university classes to be part of the U of S Cross Country Team for one year, and loved the experience. It can be more difficult for the cross country team to raise money, as they don’t have the same profile as team sports.
Huskie Athletics is an integral and recognizable part of the University of Saskatchewan, and our Saskatoon community. Providing an elite student-athlete experience within an environment that fosters athletic and academic excellence, Huskie teams offer students a way to take their athletic passion further. Taking part in this run means giving students the chance to pursue an elite running career.
We love running, and we want to make sure everyone gets to enjoy pounding the pavement. Here are a few tips to help make the event better for all participants:
- Wear your bib (number) on the front of your body (torso is best), on an outside layer. This will make your race pictures easier to find, and ensure that your race results are accurate and posted quickly.
- Be courteous on the Meewasin Valley Trails. Brainfreeze runners will be many, and other people will also be using them.
- If you wear headphones, consider only using one earbud so that you can hear instructions and runners who might be coming up behind you.
- If you are running in a group, please use “columns” where you form a line and are only two side-by-side. We will have runners turning around at three points in the race (2.5 km, 5 km and 10.5 km), who will be retracing their route. The trail is relatively narrow for two-way traffic.
To ensure you have the best time and your best run, we punctuate the course with conveniences along the way.
- We will have first aid stations and food either at, or shortly before each turn-around point: at 2.5 km, 5 km and 10.5 km.
- We will have water, gatorade, oranges and bananas, and at the 10km point some gels as well.
- Brainfreeze uses chip timing technology.
- There will be a port-a-potty shortly before the 5 km turn-around (close to the Archibald Arena).
While we ask the City to clear the path a day or two before the race, keep in mind that this is a winter race, and everyone must be prepared for running in winter conditions. These can include snow, ice and puddles, along with dry and clear pathways. But heck, what were you expecting—it’s called the Brainfreeze!