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Winter running can be enjoyable with precaution

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | 12:31 p.m. CST; updated 10:40 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 12, 2009

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Track Club leads a running group every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 5:30 a.m. Despite the cold, 20 to 30 runners gather at the Forum Boulevard entrance to the MKT Trail for a roughly 2 1/2-mile run during the winter months.

They are Columbia's avid runners who would rather run in the extreme cold of winter than the extreme heat of summer. The trick is to take extra precautions, runners say.

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Mike Sykuta February 11, 2009 | 4:17 p.m.

For anyone interested in running along on T/Th mornings, the run departs the Forum MKT access at 5:30AM. Be sure to arrive a few minutes early. There are different routes for different levels of runners on any given day, ranging from 4 to 8 miles--the goal is to have everyone finish around the same time based on distance and speed. Don't park on the grass!

And don't worry about being the only person to show up no matter what the weather is like. Rain, snow or shine. We had 15-20 people there a few weeks ago when the air temp was -4 and wind chill around -20.

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