More than 550 people will flock to Daytona Golf Club this Saturday. That’s when the Iceman cometh — the First Annual Iceman Extreme 5K Obstacle Course, that is.
Granite Man Events owner Bill Corcoran is coordinating the event in collaboration with Daytona. For Corcoran, who is celebrating a decade of sponsoring triathlons, marathons, mud runs and other similar events, the Iceman will represent a sort of homecoming.
Currently a St. Cloud resident, Corcoran grew up in Dayton as “the mayor’s kid” as Marilyn Corcoran’s son, former mayor of Dayton. He has been participating in triathlons and marathons himself for about 15 years.
“Bringing this event to Daytona is a good fit,” he said. “My brother and I spent whole parts of our summers looking for golf balls at the course.”
On Saturday, those golf balls will be traded in for snowballs and a whole lot more.
The event, which Corcoran likens to a mud run with the added extreme of cold winter elements, is a brutal, challenging course.
“There are only a very few of these events held throughout the country,” said Corcoran. He and his crew came up with the idea while conducting a series of three Mudman runs throughout Minnesota last summer. He touts the Iceman as a “super fun and crazy tough winter themed 5k obstacle race where participants will run, walk, climb and crawl through the most challenging winter themed obstacle race course in the country.”
The bulk of participants will come from Minnesota but there are a few traveling from North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois and even Kentucky. Throughout the course participants will encounter 10 obstacles.
Some of them, such as Mogul Mayhem — a series of moguls at the start o the course for participants to run through — appear pretty straightforward. Don’t be fooled.
Later, participants will encounter the obstacle Sportin’ Wood, which challenges participants to carry a 30 to 40 pound log for a quarter-mile a portion of which will be through a spiderweb of ropes.
Belly crawling through dark caves, sliding across slippery ponds, dodging gauntlet-style swinging sandbags and jumping over open fires are will all be part of the extreme fun.
While Daytona still has plenty to offer with its indoor tennis and racquetball courts as well as meeting and banquet space, the outdoor golf course remains dormant during the snowy winter months. Orwol believes the Iceman is a great complement to the use of the club’s extra space on the golf course during the winter.
Corcoran worked in collaboration with the club’s managers to design the course to utilize features such as ponds to make it challenging while keeping the course in tact for its original purpose once the snow melts.
With temperatures expected to plummet to around 20 degrees or colder this weekend, the event is sure to test the iron will of all those who choose to enter the course. Heats of approximately 100 participants will begin at 9 a.m. and start every 30 minutes thereafter. Racing options include individual and parent/child teams (children ages 10 to 13 years with one adult). The race is electronically timed with several individual age groups and team divisions. All finishers will be rewarded with a medal for their acts of athleticism.
Registration will be open the day of the event. For those who prefer to take on a cheerleading role, Daytona Golf Club Manager Mark Orwoll welcomes and encourages spectators to head to the club to watch.
There will be indoor and outdoor viewing opportunities, a DJ, food and other refreshments for all.
If you go…
First Annual Iceman Extreme Obstacle Course 5K
Saturday, Jan. 12
First heat begins at 9 a.m.
Last heat begins at 12:30 p.m.
Registration is 1 hour before your heat.
Participant fees: $65 – $130 (depending on type)
Parking Fee: $5
For more info: www.icemanrun.com
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