Runners brave the cold to race into the New Year

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (WCAX) More than 200 runners braved the coldest First Run 5k in its 30-year history.

This is the first year the event was held at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction. The youth half-mile and mile races were canceled due to the frigid temps. There were indoor activities and snacks instead.

"I ran a bunch of them; I remember some cold years. But we have been doing this 12 years and this is certainly the coldest we've seen," said Joe Connelly, the director of race operations for Run Vermont.

"This was my first run that got me into running, so I always come to it no matter what the temperature and what the weather is, we're always here," runner Jeff Jodoin said.

"We've been doing this for about five years now. You know it's something we do every year for our New Year's resolution. This is actually the first year I've dressed up," runner Norma Jodoin said.

Anyone who registered but was too cold to participate can transfer their registration fee to another event.