Frigid 5k and Penguin Plunge

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We want to invite you and your friends and family to the 2024 Frigid 5k and Penguin Plunge! It’s a great way to start out the year and break free from the winter running blues! The Frigid 5k and Penguin Plunge have been the premier winter event for over a decade. The starting line for the 5k is at the Provo Boat Harbor where you will enjoy the short, yet challenging course. After the 5k, finish the event off with the Penguin Plunge. Challenge yourself and brave the frigid cold by jumping into the Utah State Lake. Our team skillfully cuts out a square of ice and inserts a safety cage to keep plungers safe. If you choose to opt-out of taking a dip in the lake, feel free to watch the faces of those who are crazy enough to take the dive! At Runtastic Events, we value the safety of our race participants and strive to create a fun and safe environment. Both the 5k and Penguin Plunge have first aid booths readily available for participants.
Date:  2024-01-27
Distance:  5 km
City:  Provo
Registration Cost:  N/A
State:  Utah
Hosted By:  Runtastic Events
Pros
  • Great Location - easy to access, lots of parking
  • Frozen Lake - high elevation of about 4,500 feet
  • River/Lake trail for the 5k run
  • Awesome medals and memorabilia for participants
  • A lot of enthusiasm from participants
Cons
  • 4" ice layer over lake guarantees this is COLD - is that a con? Depends on whether you want an authentic polar plunge!
  • it was difficult getting people on and off the dock for the plunge. It is a narrow walkway, it would be nice to somehow have an on ramp, and an off ramp.

Summary

Jumping into the freezing water of Utah Lake is definitely worth the experience! I watched hundreds of men, women, and children old and young jump in. It is literally breathtaking, and colder than you can imagine, but the enthusiasm is contagious!
Posted Jan 30, 2024
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