Frozen Toes 5K & 15K Trail Run

Frozen Toes 15k 2020

Event Information

The City’s annual cold weather trail running race at Kessler Mountain Regional Park. The Frozen Toes 5K & 15K Trail Run is perfect for runners looking to transition from a 5K or 10K to a longer distance OR for those who want to try their first trail running race. The singletrack trails of Kessler Mountain are technical in most areas, but the views are worth every step of the course! Take a break from the pavement and give trail running a try! 

Due to COVID-19, safety precautions will be in place at the race to protect runners and the trail running community.
2021 will offer both an IN PERSON RACE and a WEEK LONG CHALLENGE registration option. 

In Person Race: Saturday, January 23, 2021. 9:00am
DIY Challenge: January 24-31, 2021

  • Both options include the participant goody bag, featuring the infamous "Frozen Toes Socks" 
  • Both options include the finisher medal
  • Both options will require runners to be self-sufficient (no on course water stations)
  • The race will include overall and age group awards
  • The challenge will not feature awards

2020 5k Course Map - updated maps for 2021 will be posted January 4.
2020 15k Course Map - updated maps for 2021 will be posted January 4.


Online registration begins October 9 at 12pm. Sign up at
$30 entry fee - includes custom socks and finisher medals! $5 mailing fee - have your packet sent to you.

Training Program

Whether you need to get your legs ready for soft-surface trail or you just need motivation and accountability to train during the colder months, we have a six week training program option for you. The training program is limited to just 10 participants due to safety concerns. Registration for the training program includes entry to the race (or challenge). Sessions will take place on Saturdays at 8:00am at the Kessler Mountain Trails on December 12, 19, 26 and January 2, 9, 16. Training program fee is $75


If you are looking to get involved, we have plenty of opportunities such as event set up, participant check in, water/aid stations, course monitors, and more. Register for this or any Fayetteville Parks and Recreation events via Give Pulse or contact Tiffany Hoover, Assistant Recreation Superintendent, by email.


Support this trail race as a sponsor! The Fayetteville Race Series would not be successful with out support from our event sponsors. Thank you to those who have contributed! For information on sponsorship opportunities, please refer to the above linked sponsorship deck and contact Fayetteville Parks and Recreation.

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Results & Photos

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 2018 Frozen Toes

2017 Frozen Toes

2016 Frozen Toes