Ice Breaker VIRTUAL 5K Challenge

Fri March 27 - Sun March 29 Albany, NY US 12201 Directions
The Ice Breaker 5K is Now a Virtual Race

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 IceBreaker Challenge will be a virtual run.  We want to encourage everyone to continue to get lots of exercise, stay fit, and get outdoors as much as possible during this health crisis.  We all know the benefits of regular exercise for our immune system and our mental health.

Here is how this virtual race will work:

  1. Run a 5K any time between 12:00 noon on Friday, March 27 and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 29.  Your options are:
    • Run the IceBreaker 5K race course!  Ever the optimists, we continued with our plans to measure and mark the course this past weekend.  The course map is here.  The start and finish, mile markers, and turn-around point are marked in orange spray paint and labeled “IBC”, starting in the parking lot by the Albany Rowing Club boathouse and heading north on the rail trail.  A rough map and photos of the start and finish area, mile markers and turn-around points may be found here.  So come on down when you can and run the course that we had all hoped to run together!  OR,
    • Run any 5K route of your choosing;  OR,
    • Run 5K on a treadmill.
  2. Send your results to icebreaker@albanyrowingcenter.org.  If you have a GPS watch or a run tracking app on your smartphone, upload your data and send us a screenshot.
    If you run outside but don’t have a run tracker, just track your time with a watch, stopwatch, or timer, and send a date-stamped photo of that (or just email us with your time. We will include it in the results as an unverified time.  Unverified times will not qualify for age-group or overall winner medals). If you run on a treadmill that does not have the capability to upload data, just take a photo of your screen and send it to us.
  3. In keeping with our unique theme of rower versus runners, we will issue a challenge to our Albany Rowing Center members (who are deeply saddened by the indefinite postponement of their spring season) to complete a 5K on a rowing machine (erg) during the same time frame.  They will submit photos of their erg screens and we will have a runner versus rower comparison in the posted results.

Stay safe, be well, and keep running! If you have additional questions or comments, feel free to send us an e-mail.  

Here Are Your Options:

Here is how this virtual race will work:

  1. Run a 5K any time between 12:00 noon on Friday, March 27 and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 29.  Your options are:
    • Run the IceBreaker 5K race course!  Ever the optimists, we continued with our plans to measure and mark the course this past weekend.  The course map is here.  The start and finish, mile markers, and turn-around point are marked in orange spray paint and labeled “IBC”, starting in the parking lot by the Albany Rowing Club boathouse and heading north on the rail trail.  A rough map and photos of the start and finish area, mile markers and turn-around points may be found here.  So come on down when you can and run the course that we had all hoped to run together!  OR,
    • Run any 5K route of your choosing;  OR,
    • Run 5K on a treadmill.  
  2. Send your results to icebreaker@albanyrowingcenter.org. If you have a GPS watch or a run tracking app on your smartphone, upload your data and send us a screenshot.
    If you run outside but don’t have a run tracker, just track your time with a watch, stopwatch, or timer, and send a date-stamped photo of that (or just email us with your time. We will include it in the results as an unverified time.  Unverified times will not qualify for age-group or overall winner medals). If you run on a treadmill that does not have the capability to upload data, just take a photo of your screen and send it to us.
  3. In keeping with our unique theme of rower versus runners, we will issue a challenge to our Albany Rowing Center members (who are deeply saddened by the indefinite postponement of their spring season) to complete a 5K on a rowing machine (erg) during the same time frame.  They will submit photos of their erg screens and we will have a runner versus rower comparison in the posted results.

You understand that events are expensive, even when cancelled, and you want us to keep your registration fees to help cover our costs. We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at an event soon.  We will send you a tax receipt.  We are a 501(c)(3) organization and your donation is fully tax-deductible

MARCH 18, 2020 UPDATE RE: COVID-19

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 IceBreaker Challenge will be a virtual run.  We want to encourage everyone to continue to get lots of exercise, stay fit, and get outdoors as much as possible during this health crisis.  We all know the benefits of regular exercise for our immune system and our mental health.

Here is how this virtual race will work:

  1. Run a 5K any time between 12:00 noon on Friday, March 27 and 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 29.  Your options are:
    • Run the IceBreaker 5K race course!  Ever the optimists, we continued with our plans to measure and mark the course this past weekend.  The course map is here.  The start and finish, mile markers, and turn-around point are marked in orange spray paint and labeled “IBC”, starting in the parking lot by the Albany Rowing Club boathouse and heading north on the rail trail.  A rough map and photos of the start and finish area, mile markers and turn-around points may be found here.  So come on down when you can and run the course that we had all hoped to run together!  OR
    • Run any 5K route of your choosing;  OR,
    • Run 5K on a treadmill.  
  2. Send your results to icebreaker@albanyrowingcenter.org. If you have a GPS watch or a run tracking app on your smartphone, upload your data and send us a screenshot.  If you run outside but don’t have a run tracker, just track your time with a watch, stopwatch, or timer, and send a date-stamped photo of that (or just email us with your time. We will include it in the results as an unverified time.  Unverified times will not qualify for age-group or overall winner medals). If you run on a treadmill that does not have the capability to upload data, just take a photo of your screen and send it to us.
  3. In keeping with our unique theme of rower versus runners, we will issue a challenge to our Albany Rowing Center members (who are deeply saddened by the indefinite postponement of their spring season) to complete a 5K on a rowing machine (erg) during the same time frame.  They will submit photos of their erg screens and we will have a runner versus rower comparison in the posted results.  

Stay safe, be well, and keep running! If you have additional questions or comments, feel free to send us an e-mail.  

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.albanyrowingcenter.org.

Place
1 Colonie St
Albany, NY US 12201
Description

The Ice Breaker Challenge is a one of a kind Capital District running/walking road race challenging runners and walkers against rowers from the Albany Rowing Center. Runners/walkers will travel along the Corning Preserve Bicycle Path while rowers from the Albany Rowing Center will race along side in shells on the Hudson River. Come join us for this unique and exciting event at the Albany Rowing Center Boathouse in the Corning Preserve.

Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.  Kids run starts at 9:30 a.m., and 5K starts at 10:00 a.m.  

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