However, temperatures in the teens did not stop over 100 runners from tackling the challenges of the Moosup Valley Rail Trail.
As runners assembled at the start line, they were welcomed by Tom and Elena, owners of Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm and lead sponsors of this event. Then they were off, battling roots, rocks, sand, ice and deep ruts; a challenge that everyone met with good cheer.
And as usual, the award for the most enthusiastic went to the members of the 169 Society who were out in force.
The race is held to benefit the Project PIN Food Pantry. Once again the generosity of the running community was evident as a pickup truck was filled with food donations. Project PIN serves those in need in Sterling, Plainfield, and surrounding communities. This year their needs have never been greater as they are helping over 400 area families.
Complete results can be found on Cool Running here.
Check out race photos on Flickr.