Rio Frio Ice Festival 2016

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January 29, 2016

From: Rio Frio Ice Festival

You have an entirely different perspective when running down the middle of a winding, scenic river.  The Rio Frio 5K on Ice experience is so amazingly unusual that it was featured in Runner's World even before its first year.  The entire course is ON the Rio Grande River at Alamosa, Colorado in the middle of the beautiful San Luis Valley near the New Mexico border.  This year the Rio Frio inaugurates a race even more unique.  In the spirit of other wildly successful coffin races, the Fremont Haunt Race debuts.

In the spirit of highly popular coffin races, two teams of seven will compete at a time side by side; 4 who carry 2 'dead bodies' (without coffins - Fremont didn't have them) starting on the frozen Rio Grande underneath the pedestrian bridge.  While they are traveling south as fast as they can, the 7th team member is the savior, Alexis Godey, who races north to save the day.  Godey is weighted down with a 30 lb pack and leads 2 animals - of any kind (except maybe elephants, they might be a little heavy for the ice).

When they meet, the final task is for Godey to give a package of graham crackers to the starving sixsome.  They need to eat them all and show a judge 6 clear pallets before a raised flag stops the clock!  The four fastest team times will then go head to head in semi-finals and the championship race.

A fun part of coffin races is always the pre-race parade to show off each team's themed costumes.  The Fremont Haunt Parade will take place on the oval trail around Cole Park.


Friday, January 29, 2016

5:00 - 8:00pm  Rio Frio Packet Pick-up

5:00pm - 10:00pm Kick-off Party at the old Grove Theater

Saturday, January 30, 2016

9:00am  Rio Frio 5K on Ice

11:00am  Live Ice Sculpting Downtown

12:00 - 4:00pm  Scavenger Hunt & Faux Snowman Building

2:00pm  Kid's Costume Contest

4:00 - 6:00pm  Grub n' Pub

6:00pm  Fire & Ice Bonfire

7:00pm Moonlight Cross Country Skiing on the Rio Grande

Sunday, January 31, 2016

9:00am  Pancake Breakfast

9:00 - 11:00Family Fun Activities

10:00am Bike Races on the Rio

11:00  Fremont Haunt Parade

11:30  Fremont Haunt Races

Date: January 29 - 31, 2016

Downtown Alamosa
Alamosa, CO 81101

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