Mountain trails and winter weather will greet runners to the challenging 32nd Annual Frost Giant 5K and 10K races in Estes Park on Sunday, Jan. 30.

More than 350 runners are expected to begin the race from the Estes Park Town Hall at 170 MacGregor Avenue. The 5K race begins at 11 a.m. and the 10K follows at noon. The course begins on pavement then turns to cross country as it winds through scenic MacGregor Ranch before it circles back to the start line.

Both races are separated into 10 age groups, with male and female categories. The youngest division is 0-8 years while the oldest is over 70.

The Frost Giant will be held regardless of weather conditions and reported road closures. In the event of truly vicious weather conditions, only the 5K race will be held. Professional medical staff will be on site.

Trophies will be presented to overall male and female first and second place winners. Medals will be presented to first and second place in each division, while ribbons will be presented to third through fifth place.

Pre-registration is $15 for one race and $23 for both races. Add $8 for a t-shirt. Add $5 for race day registration, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at Town Hall. To find out how to pre-register, call the Estes Valley Recreation and Park District at 970-586-8191.

The Frost Giant was founded by Chip Salaun, a world class tri-athlete, mountaineer, author and environmentalist. He thought up the name, drew the original logo, laid out the course, and fired the start pistol at the first race. Salaun vanished on New Zealand's Mount Cook in April 1985.

A portion of the proceeds from the Frost Giant will be donated to the Katherine Bricker Kent Memorial Fund and the Estes Valley Youth Activities Assistance Fund. Katherine Bricker Kent, a multiple winner of the Frost Giant and world class runner, died July 15, 2000.