Athletes bear the cold for 11th Annual Peoria Ice Bowl Disc Golf Tournament

By WEEK Reporter

January 4, 2014 Updated Jan 4, 2014 at 11:21 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- While everyone may not enjoy this winter weather, it is perfect for the 11th Annual Peoria Ice Bowl tournament at Laura Bradley Park.

Extreme weather did not stop these athletes from doing what they do best. Believe it or not, more than 70 disc golfers were out today, despite the weather.

"It is freezing. It's so cold I can barely speak," said Holly Finley, a player who came all the way from Tennessee.

Even so, they come every year.

"It's the Peoria Ice Bowl," said coordinator Time Wright. "It's a disc golf event, and we're going to raise money for the Peoria Area Food Bank. It's just like ball golf except instead of sticks we use discs."

Similar to golf, the goal of the game is to get your disc in a designated basket with the least amount of throws. There are several tools to use.

"You got your distance driver discs, your mid-range and your putts," explained veteran player Strati Trilikis. "So depending on the distance, you have to use different discs."

More than 20 baskets, close to 40 teams and a ton of heart made up the competition today.

"You can't cancel it for any excuse or reason," explained Wright.

"No wimps. No whiners," said Trilikis.

That is the theme every year, and they mean it.

"A couple years ago I played with a boot on my foot," said Leo Halverson. "I had a minor fracture so nothing... nothing can stop me from being here."

It is all for a good cause. Last year they raised about $3,000 dollars and this year they want a thousand more.

"People are here because they want to give back to the community," said Finley.

And to get the feeling of doing what they love.

"It's the most exhilarating feeling in the world," said Finley.