'Frozen 5K' warms up Twin Cities for US Figure Skating Championships

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It was a "great turnout" at the first Figure Skating Frozen 5K, which was held in Roseville, Minnesota, on Sunday.

As the name suggests, it's sort of like a regular marathon, except without all the running; participants of all ages got to skate laps at the Guidant John Rose MN Oval outdoor rink in a "non-competitive, family friendly" 5K. For those willing to go the entire 5K distance, 12 laps would do the trick, the official website says.

As WCCO explains, the event is aimed at heralding the upcoming 2016 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, which will be held in St. Paul Jan. 15-24.

Described as "the nation’s most prestigious figure skating event," the championships have helped make stars of iconic skaters such as Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Scott Hamilton, and others, according to the website.

The 2016 event is sponsored by the Xcel Energy Center as well as the Twin City Figure Skating Association.

Vistors at Sunday's Frozen 5K got to enjoy some perks, including skating lessons from professional coaches, and seeing former U.S. champion Ryan Bradley, who was the race's "honorary starter," the website says.

The day before, he thrilled spectators with a backflip outside a local Cub Foods:


The 5K was held from noon to 2 p.m. Participation cost $25 to $35. The organization says a portion of the proceeds from the entry fees is going to the Minnesota Skating Scholarship Fund, which says it "provides financial support to Minnesota skaters who are motivated, have potential, and love skating."

Organizers posted pictures of skaters doing laps and commented that the event got a "great turnout":


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