What does snow, cold, ice and philanthropy have in common? Shiver Elk River! The Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce held its 4th annual Shiver Elk River event at Lake Orono Park, which they consider “the most fun you’ll have all winter.” The event included hockey tournaments at the Handke Pit, the Shiver Plunge at Lake Orono, the Shiver Dash (5K obstacle run), ice bowling, ice golf, and food and beverages supplied by the Elk River Lions Club. The event was sponsored by various local businesses including the presenting sponsor, First National Bank, Minnesota School of Business-Elk River (MSB), Star News, The Bank of Elk River and many others.
Despite the cold temperatures that day, the event attracted many participants, volunteers and spectators. According to Debbi Rydberg, ERACC Executive Director, “Saturday was a spectacular day!”
There were six hockey teams that participated in the tournament, 50 hearty souls that braved the Shiver Dash which included 10 challenging obstacles, and 95 courageous folks that plunged into the icy waters of Lake Orono. Proceeds from the 5K will directly benefit the ERACC and the $13,000 raised from the plunge will benefit various local non-profits.
Medical assistant students, Kipp Jordan and Heather Bengston, volunteered on behalf of the Medical Assistant Club and MSB-Elk River. They were a sight for the sore eyes (and legs) of the Shiver Dash participants at the water and aid station by the Glacial Mountain obstacle.
When asked about his experience at the event, Jordan said, “It was a good hometown uplift for the whole family. I feel blessed to have been able to bless others who really need it.”
At the Lumberjack Log Jog obstacle, MSB-Elk River Career Services Coordinator Stephanie Keydel was seen enthusiastically cheering on the participants.
“This was the first event I have participated in outside of work since moving to Minnesota, and I had a great time. Even though I’m still getting used to the frigid Minnesota temperatures, I still had a lot of fun bundling up and cheering on the 5k runners as they took part in the obstacle I was in charge of,” said Keydel, who is a recent transplant from Oswego, NY. She continued to say, “It was a great opportunity for me to see my new community come together and participate in a great event.”
The final obstacles of the 5k lead to the plunge site where Nick Byers, MSB graduate, David Harvey, business administration student, and David Monroy, adjunct faculty member, supported the participants as they crossed the finish line. Harvey stayed around after the dash and plunge were over to help event staff take down tents, move tables and clean up the park area.
When asked how his day went, Harvey said, “The event gave me the opportunity to network and get involved in the community which is very valuable to me.” He also provided a great suggestion to the committee to offer horse-drawn sleigh rides for the onlookers while they are waiting for the 5k to wrap up. The suggestions has been passed on to ERACC representatives and just may happen!
For more information and pictures from the event, check out http://www.elkriverchamber.org/pages/ShiverElkRiver/ or the Shiver Elk River Facebook page. Keep an eye out for information about the 2015 event and plan to check it out!