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2017 Fireside Frostbite 5 Miler

Ambler Area Running Club proudly presents the 18th annual Frostbite Five Miler.
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9:00AM at Wissahickon Middle School

Online registration is now closed, but you can still register at the Ambler Theater on Friday evening from 5-8PM or on race day at the middle school from 7:30 to 8:45 AM.

Countdown to Race Day


Register online at Run The Day

Registration will be limited to 1500. Online registration ends on Feb 16.

Until 1/151/16-2/162/17-2/18*

* Registration will be available on race day or during packet pickup only if space is available.
Students must be 25 or younger and may be asked to present a current student ID at packet pickup.
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 for all pre-registered by Friday, 1/29/17
Complimentary digital photos by Jack McCoy Photography

Packet Pickup
Friday, February 17th at Ambler Theater from 5-8PM
Race day from 7:30-8:45AM at Wissahickon Middle School



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, 60-64, 65-69
70 & Over

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


A portion of race registrations and sponsorships will be donated to these worthy charities.

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.

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 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.


Training runs are Sunday mornings at 8AM from Dec 4 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.