Cold fails to halt Frostbite Footrace

SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) — The chilly temperatures on Thursday night didn’t stop some people in Mercer County from going outside to do a bar crawl for a cause.

The Frostbite Footrace in Sharon has been going on for 34 years. So the people who are going from bar to bar didn’t mind bundling up for the event. For the people who braved the cold, bouncing between nine different establishments in cold temperatures is all part of the fun every year.

“That’s kind of the crux of the event. It’s the Frostbite Footrace. Even if it’s 4 degrees or 34 degrees outside, we’re still going to get them to come out,” said Ross Thompson, general manager for Quaker Stake and Lube.

More than 100 people braved the chilly weather, all to benefit the late former owner of La Isla Restaurant in Sharon, and to have a good time.

“I have twins, and my son is an angel, but I have two girls at home. And this is my first night out in like a million years,” said Marianne Novak of Youngstown.

First-time participants and grizzled veterans alike bundled up to move from establishment to establishment.

“This year, even though the temperatures are cold, I thought, ‘it’s on my bucket list, I’m doing it. Let’s get it done,'” said first-timer Marla Nardo of Warren. “It’s nice. You dress for the weather. It’s fun.”

Paramedics were outside to make sure everyone stayed safe when moving from place to place.

“With your extremities, tips of your nose, earlobes. I mean, I’m pretty cold just standing out here right now,” said paramedic John Miller. “You run the risk of hypothermia and frostbite. But it looks like everybody’s been staying pretty bundled up. They’re having a pretty good time.”

Miller also offered advice to those who will be out drinking in the winter weather this weekend.

“Most people are going to say it’s going to make you a little bit warmer, but that’s probably the effects of the alcohol. It does thin your blood out, so you’re going to get colder a lot easier,” said Miller.

The registration fees for the Frostbite Footrace raised more than $500 for the Jose DeJesus Hernandez-Rodriguez fund. Organizers attributed the lighter turnout this year (the event often attracts more than 300 people) to the extreme cold in the Valley.

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