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You have an entirely different perspective when running down the middle of a winding, scenic river.  The Rio Frio 5K on Ice experience is so amazingly unusual that it was featured in Runner's World even before its first year.  The entire course is ON the Rio Grande River at Alamosa, Colorado in the middle of the beautiful San Luis Valley near the New Mexico border.  This year the Rio Frio inaugurates a race even more unique.  In the spirit of other wildly successful coffin races, the Fremont Haunt Race debuts.


 
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Fremont Haunt Race


The Inaugural Fremont Haunt Race

 

The Story

 

Back in 1849, during the same week of the year as the Rio Frio Ice Fest, John C. Fremont’s 4th Expedition was in its most desperate state in the area that became Alamosa.  After a lost battle with deep snow in the mountains north of present day South Fork, where the 33 men in the party lost every one of their 120 mules, they decided to retreat to Taos, NM. 

As they eked along the Rio Grande through the San Luis Valley, men started to die.  Of the 12 who died, 7 died in Alamosa County.  Finally, an expedition member who had gone ahead for help, Alexis Godey, returned with provisions that kept the remaining men alive.  

The Fremont Party was in the Alamosa area Jan. 22-31, 1849 and Godey arrived on the 28th.  One journal even says , “…we kept (walking) upon the ice down the middle of the river…”.   THE FIRST RIO FRIO PARTICIPANTS!  The event is actually 167 years old!

 

The Race

In the spirit of highly popular coffin races, two teams of seven will compete at a time side by side; 4 who carry 2 ‘dead bodies’ (without coffins - Fremont didn't have them) starting on the frozen Rio Grande underneath the pedestrian bridge.  While they are traveling south as fast as they can, the 7th team member is the savior, Alexis Godey, who races north to save the day.  Godey is weighted down with a 30 lb pack and leads 2 animals - of any kind (except maybe elephants, they might be a little heavy for the ice).

When they meet, the final task is for Godey to give a package of graham crackers to the starving sixsome.  They need to eat them all and show a judge 6 clear pallets before a raised flag stops the clock!  The four fastest team times will then go head to head in semi-finals and the championship race. 

A fun part of coffin races is always the pre-race parade to show off each team's themed costumes.  The Fremont Haunt Parade will take place on the oval trail around Cole Park.

 

 

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Fremont Haunt Race


The Inaugural Fremont Haunt Race

 

The Story

 

Back in 1849, during the same week of the year as the Rio Frio Ice Fest, John C. Fremont’s 4th Expedition was in its most desperate state in the area that became Alamosa.  After a lost battle with deep snow in the mountains north of present day South Fork, where the 33 men in the party lost every one of their 120 mules, they decided to retreat to Taos, NM. 

As they eked along the Rio Grande through the San Luis Valley, men started to die.  Of the 12 who died, 7 died in Alamosa County.  Finally, an expedition member who had gone ahead for help, Alexis Godey, returned with provisions that kept the remaining men alive.  

The Fremont Party was in the Alamosa area Jan. 22-31, 1849 and Godey arrived on the 28th.  One journal even says , “…we kept (walking) upon the ice down the middle of the river…”.   THE FIRST RIO FRIO PARTICIPANTS!  The event is actually 167 years old!

 

The Race

In the spirit of highly popular coffin races, two teams of seven will compete at a time side by side; 4 who carry 2 ‘dead bodies’ (without coffins - Fremont didn't have them) starting on the frozen Rio Grande underneath the pedestrian bridge.  While they are traveling south as fast as they can, the 7th team member is the savior, Alexis Godey, who races north to save the day.  Godey is weighted down with a 30 lb pack and leads 2 animals - of any kind (except maybe elephants, they might be a little heavy for the ice).

When they meet, the final task is for Godey to give a package of graham crackers to the starving sixsome.  They need to eat them all and show a judge 6 clear pallets before a raised flag stops the clock!  The four fastest team times will then go head to head in semi-finals and the championship race. 

A fun part of coffin races is always the pre-race parade to show off each team's themed costumes.  The Fremont Haunt Parade will take place on the oval trail around Cole Park.

 

 

Fremont Haunt FUNdraising for your own club, organization or team!

Simply start a Fundraising Team here for your school club, service club, non-profit organization or athletic team.  Next, have your members go here and tell them to choose your Team in "Find a Fundraiser" and sign up.  Have all of your members share the heck out of it!  Set a fundraising goal for each member based on how much you want to raise as a group, how many members you have, and how much you think each can raise.  Whatever you raise, you get to keep!

Then, start planning for your team's participation in the Fremont Haunt race:  Who will your team of 7 be?  What cool theme will be the funnest to come up with costumes for (watch this for inspiration)?  What 2 animals will be part of your team?  Finally, go here to register your Fremont Haunt team of 7 once you know all the participants.

  • You can start fundraising immediately and then register your Fremont Haunt team when you are ready.
  • Have all your members become fundraisers, or as many as you can.  You don't have to be a Fremont Haunt participant to fundraise.
  • Your Fundraising Team must be a recognized club, an actual athletic team or a bona fide non-profit.  Any ol' group of friends or an individual can't fundraise for themselves.  Proof will be required before payout.
  • Any undesignated gifts or donations to unofficial groups or individuals (see bullet point above) will go to the Adams State University Foundation.  Which will still do a lot of good.
  • Fundraising ISN'T limited to local groups.  Hmmm, what if Western State and Adams State's Football Teams went up against each other, or a church youth group in Texas wanted to come up to Colorado, or you thought this would be a blast for your group from...
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Ice Festival


Rio Frio Ice Festival

This year's theme:

Coming Soon

Friday, January 27, 2017

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Rio Frio Packet Pick-up

 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

9:00 a.m.  Rio Frio 5K on Ice

 

 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

11:00 a.m. Fremont Haunt Races

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Ice Festival


Rio Frio Ice Festival

This year's theme:

Coming Soon

Friday, January 27, 2017

5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Rio Frio Packet Pick-up

 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

9:00 a.m.  Rio Frio 5K on Ice

 

 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

11:00 a.m. Fremont Haunt Races

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See you at the Rio Frio!


Register Now!

For the Rio Frio 5K on Ice or the Fremont Haunt race

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See you at the Rio Frio!


Register Now!

For the Rio Frio 5K on Ice or the Fremont Haunt race