Cock in a Sock Fun Run

We've just completed the First official Cock in a Sock fun run. Participation more than doubled over the last one. Last year I did a pretty good loop during the Blizzicane and got to see the city near empty except for a few brave souls out walking/XC skiing/snow shoeing/snow boarding/sledding/tubing/etc. I believe this impromptu run should have some basic requirements that, if met, warrant making a big deal of it. It's a unique weather driven opportunity.

Henceforth the bare requirements for such a run include

  • The run must start no earlier than 8 PM.
  • Severe-ish weather must be present in such a manner that the origin city is much less 'busy' than usual.
  • Snow must be on the ground, though it doesn't have to be falling.
  • Gotta be cold.
  • Participants must utilize a strategically placed sock for warmth.
The ideal situation
  • A snow storm forecast with the worst of it occurring in the evening. With the danger to commuting places of business close early, school is cancelled the next day, and people are already home with their milk and bread.
  • Several inches of snow already on the ground, roads not clear.
  • Temperatures below 20.
  • A course decided on that shows cool parts of the city made cooler by an epic storm.
  • Visit some large hills where people are known to sled and cavort. 
Tonight was lots of fun! Saw some ice sculptures, fell on my ass 3 times. Smacked my knee on the sidewalk the last time. One sign said the temperature was 2 degrees at the halfway point.

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