Freeze yer Gizzard Blizzard Run

Just over two dozen district’s runners braved the cold Saturday to compete in the 22nd-annual “Freeze yer Gizzard Blizzard Run” in International Falls.
The 10-km run, the premiere event of Icebox Days festivities over there, saw just over 230 runners participate this year.
Dave Matiece led district runners with a third-place finish in the male 40-49 division, crossing the line in a time of 39:22.
The 41-year-old was the only district runner to crack the top three their respective age divisions (there were 12 age/gender divisions in all).
Matiece said the minus-15 C conditions weren’t a problem. It was the blowing snow the racers felt during the first half of the race.
“It was constantly snowing,” said Matiece, who has ran in this race since 1995. “It was kind of hard running with that blowing against you.”
His result almost was identical to last year when he posted a time of 39:21 for another top-three finish in his age group.
Anthony Meyers, 23, of Duluth, Mn. finished the race in a field-low time of 34:54.
Other Fort Frances residents who ran Saturday were Guy Mudge, Cathy Kowal, Jeff Tilbury, Lavana Fox, Ken Allan, Tricia Allan, Greg Ste. Croix, Kim Beaudry, Armand Jourdain Sr., Megan Ross, Carla Magisano, Jen Leishman, Ted Brockie, Joanne Bingham, Cheri Woolsey, and Jen-nifer Kreger;
Matt, Jay, Joann, and Mike Neilson (Stratton), Kristina and Kerri Tolen (Emo), and Penny and Tom Shumaker (Rainy River) rounded out the district runners.
The “gizzard” run annually attracts runners from Minnesota, Ontario, Manitoba, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.