2020 Fireside Frostbite
5 Miler

Ambler Area Running Club proudly presents the 21st annual Frostbite Five Miler.
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00AM at Wissahickon High School

Thank you to our volunteers, sponsors and the 1268 runners who participated.  We look forward to seeing you again in July at our next race, the Phils Tavern Quarter Marathon.


Register online at Run The Day

Registration will be limited to 1500. Online registration ends on Feb 14..

From 11/1 to 11/31
Adult: $25 Student: $23
From 12/1 to 12/31
Adult: $29 Student: $27
From 1/1 to 1/31
Adult: $33 Student: $30
From 2/1 to 2/19 
Adult: $38 Student: $35
On race day and at packet-pickup
Adults & Students: $45


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
Gear check
Multi-purpose headband to all finishers.
Complimentary digital photos by Jack McCoy Photography
This race will be held in snow, sleet, rain or shine unless cancelled for safety reasons (Sorry, NO REFUNDS)


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 of varying popular distances using USATF-certified courses and offering USATF sanctions. Read more about the circuit here.

To join the AARC team and compete in the Grand Prix Circuit, please contact Jim Lombardi. Click here for more info.


The beneficiaries for our 2020 races were nominated by AARC members and selected by the AARC board.

Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard

The Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard offers food, clothing, employment assistance/job help/resume building, medical referrals, housing referrals and emergency financial assistance.
We are a 501 C (3) non-profit food pantry located in Montgomery County. For over 40 years, the Cupboard has relied on the generosity of the people in the communities we serve. We do not receive federal funding and raise all of our operating costs thru the support of local fundraising efforts.
The Cupboard serves Ambler, North Hills and some of the surrounding area. We offer a once-a-month food supplement to families who fall below the Montgomery County Poverty level. The Cupboard serves one-person-households to large families, most of whom do not have enough income to purchase ample food supplies. Our assistance is available to anyone who lives in our service area and qualifies financially for assistance. We currently help over 3,000 families per year with food, clothing & other services and the number is climbing.

Salvation Army Children's Services

The Salvation Army Children's Services: Foster Care and Adoption Program helps connect children with safe, loving
homes and families. We offer a variety of foster care and adoption services as well as ongoing training, support
services and enrichment activities to help kids from hard places thrive. Our HALO Project 10-week intensive therapy
program helps bring healing to foster and adoptive families struggling with the impacts of childhood trauma. Although
The Salvation Army is a large organization, our Foster Care & Adoption Program is small in size, which allows us to get
to know each family personally so we can meet their needs at a higher level and give each child the special attention
they deserve.

CHOP 22q and You Center

The 22q and You Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is an internationally recognized leader in the diagnosis and treatment of children with a deletion or duplication of the 22q11.2 chromosome — the underlying cause of the medical problems associated with several conditions. Founded following the development of the breakthrough laboratory test to identify submicroscopic deletions on chromosome 22 at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 1992, the 22q and You Center is also on the cutting edge of research dedicated to a better understanding of the condition and the development of new treatments.
Children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletions or duplication syndrome often have multiple health problems, such as: heart defects, cleft palate, feeding difficulties, immune system problems, growth problems, a unique pattern of learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, autism and more. Families come from all over the world to work with our multidisciplinary team of experts. At CHOP, we not only treat children’s symptoms, we also care about how those health challenges affect the lives of everyone in the family.

Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association

The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA) is a 501(c)3 community-based conservation organization headquartered in Ambler, PA. For over 60 years, WVWA has been working to protect and restore nature in the Wissahickon Valley, preserving nearly 1,300 acres of critical open space and building 24 miles of trails for public enjoyment. Their mission is to inspire and engage diverse communities of people to protect, steward and enjoy the land and waterways of the Wissahickon Valley. Visit their website to learn more about their work, upcoming events, and how you can get involved.


We thank our sponsors who regularly support AARC, our races and our race beneficiaries. Proceeds from our two annual races allow us to make generous donations to non-profit organizations in the community and to provide scholarships to graduating seniors at local high schools.
Click here for a description of sponsorship levels and benefits, or to print a registration form. Click here to register online as a sponsor for either or both of our annual races.


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


Wissahickon High School
521 Houston Rd.
Ambler, PA 1900


Ira Meyers DPM, Race Director
Email: frostbite@aarclub.com
Mobile: 215-813-8930

Directions using SEPTA

The Ambler train station is 1-1/2 miles from the Start/Finish line. Take the Lansdale / Doylestown Regional Rail line from Center City to Ambler. Train #2500 departs 30th St. at 7:04 AM and arrives in Ambler at 7:49.  For more information or to request a ride email: frostbite@aarclub.com.