A chilly run through downtown was a big success

Runners gather for a chilly morning

MASON CITY, Iowa – While many of us are probably ready for some warmer weather, a local group is making the most of the cold.

On Saturday, the Mason City Chamber of Commerce hosted their first annual ChamBRR Run.

The 5K walk/run kicked off in downtown Mason City and brought participants past landmarks like the MacNider Museum, the Stockman House, the Music Man Footbridge and more.

Steve Fettkether was one of the runners in Saturday race, and even though he debated the run on account of the weather, he rallied and headed to the starting line.

“When I got up this morning, I was thinking, ‘oh, it sounds better staying in bed then coming out running in the cold and wind’, but once I got moving, and the rest of the team was here, it motivated everybody to show up.”

Steve ran with seven other people from work as a part of a new Blue Zones initiative they’ve gotten involved in.

Chamber of Commerce Program Director, Brandi Evers says that this run was something that they used to do in the past and that it’s one tradition they feel is in need of a comeback.

Even though the weather conditions on Saturday were anything but ideal for going on a run around downtown, event organizers were surprised at the outcome for the event.

“I wasn’t really sure what to expect and I’m really happy,” Evers said, “We had 44 registered, and 37 that showed up to brave the elements, so we’re really excited about how the run turned out.”

With this amount of support and participation, event coordinators like Evers are excited about what next year could bring, but at the same time, are keeping their fingers crossed for some warmer weather.

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