PHOTO GALLERY: Leesburg’s Freeze Your Gizzard Race

Hundreds of runners gathered this weekend for the 15th Annual Freeze Your Gizzard 5K cross-country race and one-mile fun run.

The Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Loudoun Hunger Relief and sponsored by Harris Teeter, hosted the event on Saturday at Ida Lee Park. According to results recorded and provided by Potomac River Running, 404 people participated. Part of the entry fee was two cans of food to donate to Loudoun Hunger Relief.

“Harris Teeter strives to support the communities we serve, and does so as part of our commitment to fight hunger,” said Danna Robinson, Communication Manager for Harris Teeter. “We are so pleased to be able to be the Signature Sponsor of the 2017 Freeze Your Gizzard Race.”

First-place finishers won a turkey to take home for dinner. Prizes were also awarded for best individual costume, best group costume, and door prizes.

Other sponsors included Backflow Technology LLC, Sandy Spring Bank, Deidra Bird Kokel DDS, solutionworx, SpeedPro Imaging, Toth Financial, and Loudoun Now.

Avery Bryant of Leesburg was the first-place finisher overall, crossing the line more than a minute ahead of the next finisher. Emma Wolcott was the first-place female finisher overall.

Female first place finishers in each age group were Amelia, of Hamilton, 1-14; Caroline Johnson of Leesburg, 15-19; Juliana Jacangelo of Lovettsville, 20-29; Ashley Harper, 30-39; Jennifer Nash of Leesbug, 40-49; Sushila Nanda of Arlington, 50-59; and Julie Pastor of Leesburg, 60 and over.

Male first place finishers in each age group were Benjamin, of Ashburn, 1-14; Alexander Brun of Leesburg, 15-19; Brian Presler of Broadlands, 20-29; Phillip Wagenbach of Leesburg, 30-39; Carl Haines of Leesburg, 40-49; Rich Harfst of Annandale, 50-59; and Mark Haas of Leesburg, 60 and over.

Find full race results at

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