Snow and Sleet Don’t Slow Autumn Woods Classic Runners
Runners and spectators braved rain, snow and wind at the Autumn Woods Classic on Saturday at the Elm Creek Park Reserve. This is an annual tradition and despite chilly weather, there was a good turnout for the event.
“Once you got farther out it was a lot windier because there are no trees to block any wind,” said Laura Halze of Champlin.” But once you’re in the trees it was fine. Coming back the wind was at your back so it was a lot faster and a lot easier.”
Coletyn Barth of Nowthen, MN thrived in the elements at the Autumn Woods Classic. Barth won the 10k Graham Cracker Run.
“Never been first before,” Barth said. “It’s kind of a great feeling. It was a really fun race. I had two guys that stuck with me at the front and it was a really fun, competitive race.”
It was a family affair for Barth, as his wife raced too.
“Exhilarating,” Barth said. “Super. Pumped me up a lot. I knew it was going to be cold and snowy this morning. The start and the finish is always the best part of the race.”
There was also a 5k Chocolate Walk/Run and a 1k Mini-Marshmallow Fun Run. The participants didn’t seem to be bothered by running in the cold and most were layered up enough to deal with the unseasonable temps.
The Autumn Woods Classic is truly a tasty event. After each race everyone gets a yummy, gooey s’more to eat. Participants were glad to stand by a crackling fire and cook their marshmallow treat. After all, on a frosty morning, just being near any kind of heat was a bonus.