Cold Run to benefit children’s programs

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published December 18, 2013

WARREN — Baby, it’s cold outside! So, what better day for a run?

Runners of all skill levels are invited to bundle up their bodies and lace up their shoes for the inaugural Cold Run 5k event Jan. 4.

Warren Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman said the Cold Run would be held in and around the Civic Center near City Hall, east of Van Dyke and north of 12 Mile Road. Proceeds from the Cold Run will support various children’s programs offered through Warren Parks and Recreation.

The Cold Run 5k and a 1-mile “fun run” or walk will begin a day of special events during the city’s Cold Rush winter festival.

“We’ve done 5ks before but never at this event,” Bowman said. “It’s a great time for people who are looking to start their year in that fitness mode.”

A 5k run is equivalent to 3.1 miles.

Warren Parks and Recreation employee Matt Fecht helped organize the run. Fecht started running at Warren Mott High School and later became an All-American at Macomb Community College and Wayne State University. He made the U.S. Olympic Trials for the marathon in 2011 and has been a coach at Wayne State since 2006.

“Obviously, it’s the beginning of January. It’s going to be a little bit cold. You dress warm,” Fecht said. “If you’re not a person who likes to run in the cold a lot, or if you run in the gym on a treadmill, if you run outside one or two days before an outdoor event, you’re going to be fine.”

Fecht suggested dressing in layers, as they can always be removed during the run and collected by race volunteers who’ll ensure items get back to their owners.

Organizers said between 100 and 125 participants in this first year would make the Cold Run a success.

The Cold Rush festival, also held in the Civic Center at City Square, includes free ice skating, ice carving demonstrations, a petting zoo, free hot chocolate, live music and more after the run Jan. 4. The run will begin at 10 a.m.

“There’s a lot of things going on afterward. It’s a great race to bring your family out to watch you run, because there’s lots of things to do after,” Bowman said.

The deadline to register for the Cold Run is Dec. 28. Registration for the 5k run and walk is $30 in advance or $40 on the day of the race. The cost is $10 in advance for the 1-mile run and walk, or $15 on the day of the event.

A registration form is available under the Parks and Recreation tab on the city’s website at

For more information, call Warren Parks and Recreation at (586) 268-8400.