Cold weather won't keep area runners from a 5K

By WEEK Reporter

January 27, 2014 Updated Jan 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Some runners in central Illinois took off their winter coats and put on their running gear for a very wintry 5K on Saturday.

Nearly 200 people ran or walked down at the riverfront in the 15th annual Frosty 5K.

This is the first year dogs were encouraged to come along with their owners, nick-naming the race the Frosty 5K-9.

Participants said it might be unbearably cold outside, but they will continue to come year after year.

"We've done this race for many years. It's always in January, it's usually always cold, but the view on the Riverfront really makes it worth it," said runner Crystal Kyle. "Races like this are really good for the running community because it brings us together and afterwards we get to visit. We also like to support any types of charities that are out there."

Proceeds from the race will help support some of FamilyCore's programs like youth outreach and counseling.

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