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The REI Frosty Freestyle

Saturday, January 9, 2016 @ 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM

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Kick off your New Year with the REI Frosty Freestyle! Brought to you by Epic Races in partnership with Huron Meadows Metropark and Team Nordic Ski Racer, this cross-country ski race lets you enjoy the natural beauty of Huron Meadows while striding or skating through the scenic parklands towards the finish line. With guaranteed snow — Huron Meadows makes snow for cross-country enthusiasts — and distances ideal for both first-time ski racers and experienced Nordic ski competitors, the REI Frosty Freestyle is a fabulous way to bring wonder to your winter!


Race Events

15K — an exciting mixture of rolling hills, big climbs, long descents, and technical challenges

5K — a cool combination of curves, straightaways, and just enough hills to make it interesting


Race-Day Registration

Planning on registering on Race Day? Click here to download a registration form; please fill it out and have it ready to turn in with your race fee (cash only, please!) to make your registration fee quick and easy!


What’s with the “Freestyle?”

The Frosty Freestyle doesn’t feature Freestyle skiing – the aerial acrobatics and exciting mogul runs seen in the Winter Olympics. It’s a purely cross-country event. So what’s with the “freestyle,” then? It’s all about choice. Some people like to skate. Some people like to stride. It’s all cross-country skiing, and both classic-ski style and skating style are welcome at the Frosty Freestyle!


Fun for the Whole Family!

Be sure to bring the little ones along, as the REI Frosty Freestyle features a kids’ race for children ages 5 to 11. This event provides youngsters with the opportunity to test their Nordic skiing skills on an kid-friendly course… and each child receives a custom-designed finisher’s medal upon completing the race! All children who participated in the Frosty Learn to Ski program are automatically registered for the REI Frosty Freestyle Kids’ Race; otherwise, the registration fee is $10 per child, payable at Packet Pick-Up/Race-Day Registration. Watch for michiganfitnesslogoFrosty the Skiing Snowman! He’ll be skiing the kids’ race and the 5K, and will be hanging around for photos, too!

The REI Frosty Freestyle is part of the Pure Michigan FITness Series of events and is endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health, and Sports.


The Michigan Cup Series

The REI Frosty Freestyle is part of the Michigan Cup Series of cross-country races. The 15K distance is designated as a Senior Freestyle Race: senior racers ages 20 and up will receive Michigan Cup Freestyle Points for completing this event. The 5K distance is classified as a Michigan Cup Series Junior Points Race. Junior racers ages 19 and under will receive Michigan Cup freestyle points for completing the REI Frosty Freestyle 5K. The 5K is also a Michigan Cup Series Fun Race. All senior racers ages 20 and up will receive 10 points for participating in this race.

Can’t get enough of the snow? Join us on Sunday, January 10 for the NordicSkiRacer.com Krazy Klassic, a classic-ski style cross-country race!


Race Information

When: Saturday, January 9, 2016
Where: Huron Meadows Metropark, 8765 Hammel Road, Brighton MI 48116
Race Capacity: 300
Race Start: Wave start by pace; please see the Race-Day Schedule section for more details.


All REI Frosty Freestyle 15K and 5K participants will receive:

  • race-chip timing with results posted within six hours
  • a delicious post-race all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast ($7/spectator)
  • Michigan Cup points for the 15K (ages 20 and up only) and the 5K
  • Memories to last a lifetime!

Plus the first 250 to register will receive a special Frosty Freestyle slingpack!

Ski equipment rental at Huron Meadows is available at $15 on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your skis, call the park at (810) 231-4084 on Thursday, January 7 between 9 AM and 5 PM. Be ready to provide your name, height, weight, and ski style (classic or skate).


Park Directions and Information

Huron Meadows Metropark is located off of Hammel Road in Brighton, easily accessible from US-23. For custom directions to the park, click here.

From the North

Travel SOUTH on US-23 to Exit 58 (Lee Road)
Turn RIGHT (west) and head straight through two roundabouts
Turn LEFT (south) onto Rickett Road at the stop light
Turn RIGHT (west) onto Hammel Road
Turn RIGHT (north) into Huron Meadows Metropark.
Drive to the golf/XC Ski Center at the end of the road

From the South

Travel NORTH on US-23 to Exit 57 (Silver Lake Road)
Turn LEFT (west) onto Silver Lake Road
Turn LEFT (south) onto Whitmore Lake Road
Turn RIGHT (west) on Winans Lake Road
Turn RIGHT (north) onto Rickett Road
Turn LEFT (west) onto Hammel Road
Turn RIGHT (north) into Huron Meadows Metropark
Drive to the golf/XC Ski Center at the end of the road

A Metropark Motor Vehicle Entry Permit gives you access to all 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks. 2016 Vehicle Entry Permits are on sale now! Annual permits are valid from the time of purchase through December 31, 2016. Buy early and enjoy three months in 2015 for free! Click here to purchase yours today! A daily permit costs $7, while an annual permit costs $35 ($21 for seniors ages 62 and up). Walkers, bicyclists, and inline skaters can enjoy free access to all Metroparks by entering through the park roads and hike/bike trails.


NOTE: Michigan’s Recreation Passport, purchased for your Michigan license plate, does not allow entry into the Metroparks. The Huron-Clinton Metroparks is a separate regional park system than the Michigan State Parks and requires its own entry permit.

Event Schedule

8:00 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration begin
9:30 AM — Kids' Race begins
10:00 AM — Packet Pick-Up and Race-Day Registration ends
10:15 AM — Post-race pancake breakfast begins
10:15 AM — 5K Skate participants begin lining up at the start line
10:25 AM — 5K Classic participants begin lining up at the start line
10:30 AM — 5K Skate race starts
10:32 AM — 5K Classic race starts
11 AM — 15K participants begin lining up according to designated waves
11:10 AM — 15K begins; wave start with two minutes between waves.
1:00 PM — Awards ceremony (approximate time)
1:15 PM — Post-race pancake breakfast ends


Male and female divisions: 12-13 (5K only), 14-15 (5K only), 16-17 (5K only), 18-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.



The top three overall finishers (both male and female; classic and skate) will receive a special award.

The top three finishers in each age group (both male and female, classic and skate) will receive a special Frosty pint glass.


The top three overall finishers (both male and female, classic and skate) will receive a special award.

The top three finishers in each age group (both male and female, classic and skate) will receive a special Frosty pint glass.

Hotel and Camping Information

Hampton Inn Ann Arbor North

(866) 327-7565
2300 Green Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Click Here to Reserve Your Room

Special rate: $89/night. At the hotel URL, enter the date of your reservation, click "Add Special Rate Code," and enter "FXC" under Group Code. By phone, be sure to state you are reserving as part of the "Epic Races - Frosty XC Ski." The last day to reserve a room with this rate is 12/25/15 at 3 PM.
Distance from race: 12


Saturday, January 9, 2016
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
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Packet Pickup Information
Saturday, January 9, 2016: From 8 AM to 10 AM at Huron Meadows Metropark.


8765 Hammel Road
Brighton , MI 48116 United States
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Year Race Results
2016 5K View Results
2016 5K Skate (Age Graded) View Results
2016 5K Classic (Age Graded) View Results
2016 15K View Results
2016 15K Skate (Age Graded) View Results
2016 15K Classic (Age Graded) View Results

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  1. Abby Welsh (livingston daily reporter) January 5, 2016 at 12:16 PM #

    Hello, I’m a reporter with the Livingston Daily in Howell, MI. I am interested in writing a preview story about the Frosty Freestyle for this weekend’s newspaper. If someone who is planning or in charge of the event could give me a call, I would greatly appreciate it. My work line is 517-552-2848. Thanks for your time and consideration. -Abby Welsh

  2. Abigail Prout January 8, 2016 at 11:14 AM #

    Are you still looking for volunteers for tomorrow’s event?

    • ana January 8, 2016 at 1:40 PM #

      We are all set for volunteers, but if you want to come out to Huron Meadows tomorrow we can always find something to keep you busy! 🙂

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