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 1/31 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, in lime green this year, for all pre-registered by 1/28/19.
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 of varying popular distances using USATF-certified courses and offering USATF sanctions.  Read more about the circuit here or download the brochure with the 2019 schedule.

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


The beneficiaries for our 2019 races were nominated by AARC members and selected by the AARC board.

Pennypack Farm & Education Center

Pennypack Farm & Education Center (PFEC) is a 501(c)3 charitable non-profit whose mission is to Grow, Give, and Teach about organic food and sustainable agriculture. We grow seasonal vegetables using sustainable growing practices. We give thousands of pounds of fresh produce to local food cupboards, helping to provide nutritious food to community members who are food-insecure. We teach the community about the value of sustainable agriculture, where their food comes from, how to grow food organically and sustainably and how to improve family health through cooking and eating well.

In 2018, we donated over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to local organizations that serve our food-insecure neighbors. We have educated over 1,000 community members about sustainable agriculture and health-related topics.

Additional information about our organization and programs is available here.  

Salvation Army Children's Services

The Salvation Army Children’s Services provides foster care and adoption services and support programs that take a holistic approach to care and provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the children we serve.
In 2019, we plan to launch our Team Is Family Sports Scholarship Program to provide access to sports for foster and adoptive children in our program. We greatly appreciate the support from the running community in funding this program for the children we serve in Montgomery County.
Children in foster care face enormous stress and difficulty in their lives, and participation in sports can give them an outlet to relieve stress, build confidence, learn important social skills and support their physical and emotional well-being. Many children entering the foster care system may not have had the opportunity to participate in a sport before, so this program will provide an important opportunity.

Wissahickon Valley Boys & Girls Club

Wissahickon Valley Boys and Girls Club is a 501c3 non-profit organization located in
Ambler, PA. It is the newest branch of the North Penn Valley Boys and Girls Club, The mission of the Boys and Girls Club is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The organization’s activities directly involve the promotion of athletics & fitness in addition to the promotion of education, character & leadership, health & life skills, and arts & technology. 
The Wissahickon Valley branch services 60 to 70 1st through 8th grade students from the Wissahickon School District. September through June, club members participate in our after school homework assistance program. During the summer months, members attend our day camp program. For more information about available club member openings, career and/or volunteer opportunities contact us at (215) 542-5856 or

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.

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