2019 Fireside Frostbite 5 Miler

Ambler Area Running Club proudly presents the 20th annual Frostbite Five Miler.
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00AM at Wissahickon High School.

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Register online at Run The Day

Registration will be limited to 1500.  Online registration ends on Feb 20.

From 10/14 to 1/15
Adult: $35 Student: $32

From 1/15 to 2/20
Adult: $40 Student $37

This race will be held in snow, sleet, rain or shine unless cancelled for safety reasons (Sorry, NO REFUNDS)



Post-race food and refreshments provided by our title sponsor The Fireside Bar and Grill.
USATF Certified 5 mile course.
Chip timing by Run The Day
Indoor restrooms
Water stop
Long sleeve tech shirts, shown above, for all pre-registered by 1/28/18.
Complimentary digital photos by Jack McCoy Photography



Age Group Awards to top 3 Male & Female runners in each category:
14 & under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29
30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49
50-54, 55-59, 60-04, 65-69
70 & over

Cash Awards
$250 to overall Male and Female
$100 to 2nd place Male and Female
$50 to 3rd place Male & Female
$100 to Top Male & Female Masters

Grand Prix Event


The Fireside Frostbite Five Miler was once again selected for USA Track & Fields's Grand Prix Circuit in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The circuit consists of 11 races off varying popular distances using USATF-certified courses and offering USATF sanctions.  Read more about the circuit here or download the brochure with the 2018 schedule.

To join the AARC team and compete in the Grand Prix Circuit, please contact Bob Harmon or Jim Lombardi.


Here are the beneficiaries for our 2018 races.  AARC members may nominate beneficiaries until Oct. 31 for the upcoming year.

Aid For Friends

Aid For Friends mission is to serve needy, isolated shut-ins, primarily the frail elderly, in the 5 County Greater Philadelphia Region (Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties) with FREE, daily home cooked meals, delivered weekly by empathic volunteer visitors and also to provide shut-ins with free outreach services. The goal is to help our homebound "client/friends" maintain their cherished independence by supporting their determination to remain in their own homes for as long as possible and to enhance their quality of life. Aid For Friends is an interfaith non-profit organization serving the community since 1974.

Dan's Voice

Dan’s Voice was founded in loving memory of Dan Rich, who lost his voice and ultimately his life to laryngeal/esophageal cancer in 2013. Dan Rich was a husband, father of two, entrepreneur, coach, amateur musician and friend to many. The vision of Dan’s Voice is to fund ground-breaking research, purchase advanced diagnostic tools, and enhance patient care and comfort, all with the goal of reducing the burden on patients afflicted with head and neck cancer.
Dan's Voice is currently in the process of raising $50,000 to purchase a video endoscope for Fox Chase Cancer Center. The new equipment will help surgeons provide more accurate diagnoses and allow more procedures to be performed in the clinic instead of the operating room.

Weaver's Way

It is the mission of Weavers Way Cooperative Association to operate a grocery-based consumer organization that is owned and governed by its members, and to build community, both within its membership and in the communities it serves.
We do things cooperatively. We encourage each member to contribute to and participate in all activities we undertake as a cooperative. We follow and promote the International Cooperative Principles, support other co-ops and cooperative efforts, and educate our members and our community about consumer issues and the cooperative movement.

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association

The founding of the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association in 1957 grew out of the collective concern of area residents whose goal was to protect the land in the Watershed from the devastating effects of floods from the Wissahickon Creek. They recognized the inseparable link of land and water and adopted the protection of these natural resources as the organization’s key mission.
Today, over 1,200 acres of protected land and 21 miles of natural wooded trails are available to the public for year-round enjoyment. This Green Ribbon of walking trails begins near the headwaters in North Wales and meanders along the Wissahickon connecting with Fairmount Park's Forbidden Drive, until the confluence of the Creek with the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.


Training runs are Sunday mornings at 8AM from Dec 2 until the week before race day. We meet in the Wissahickon HS parking lot and run the race course.  Click here for more information about weekly Fun Runs.


All runners may download a digital photo from Jack McCoy Photography compliments of AARC and our sponsors.  Prints may be purchased online for a reasonable fee. Here are a few beautiful samples from last year's race.

Countdown to Race Day