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2018 Fireside Frostbite 5 Miler

Ambler Area Running Club proudly presents the 19th annual Frostbite Five Miler.
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 9:00AM at Wissahickon High School.

Thanks to all who participated in the race this year 
from runners to volunteers to sponsors and to our beneficiaries.

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Meet Congressman
Brendan Boyle

We're excited to have U.S. Representative Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) join us as Grand Marshal of the 2018 Frostbite 5 Miler.  Congressman Boyle was born and raised in the Olney neighborhood of Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District. A first generation American, Congressman Boyle’s father emigrated from Ireland in search of a better life. As the proud son of a janitor and a crossing guard, he learned from an early age that if you work hard and play by the rules, you can make it in America.

The first in his family to attend college, he attended the University of Notre Dame on a scholarship and later graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government with a master's degree in Public Policy.

Elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2008, Boyle became the first Democrat to represent Pennsylvania’s 170th state legislative district. In 2014, he was sent to Washington to represent his hometown in Congress. Now in his second term, Congressman Boyle proudly represents the 13th Congressional district, which is made up of Northeast Philadelphia, parts of North Philly, and about half of the bustling suburbs of Montgomery County.

Visit Congressman Boyle's website to learn more and to connect via social media.


Register online at Run The Day

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

From 1/15 to 2/14
Adult: $40 Student: $37

From 2/15 to 2/17
Adult: $45 Student $45

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.


Proceeds from our 2018 races will be donated to these worthy charities.

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 3 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