Leesburg, Va. (November 25, 2014) – More than 800 runners and walkers came out and ‘froze their gizzards’ at Ida Lee Park on Saturday, November 22, 2014, as the Town of Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Loudoun Interfaith Relief, hosted the 12th annual Freeze Your Gizzard Cross Country 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run.
Runners took on a cross-country course that featured several steep climbs and rugged terrain. The winning time for this year’s race was posted by Josh Showalter, of Leesburg, who completed the course in 16 minutes and 37 seconds.
The top female finisher was Melissa Nestel, posting a time of 20 minutes and 1 second.
All runners and walkers were asked to bring canned food items to donate to Loudoun Interfaith Relief’s food pantry. This year, a grand total of 1,094 pounds of food was donated by Gizzard runners.
The Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank and acknowledge the race’s generous sponsors, including Cardinal Bank; Deidra Bird Kokel, DDS; Giant Food; Backflow Technology; Engle, Paxson and Hawthorne Insurance; SolutionWorx; SpeedPro Imaging; ME Flow; Luckstone; and Dragoon Technologies.