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January 20, 2015

Frostbite, St. Paul’s coolest bear, is crowd favorite at the Securian Winter Run

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Frostbite the polar bear has been crowd pleaser at the Securian Winter Run for more than 10 years.

“The Securian Winter Run is quite an achievement for the hardy folks who brave our January temperatures to stay physically active and support the Winter Carnival,” said Lori Koutsky, manager, Community Relations and Securian Foundation, Securian Financial Group. “Frostbite symbolizes their feat.”

He doesn’t talk (or growl), but Frostbite enthusiastically hugs, bumps fists and dances with runners and walkers who register for the 5K, 10K and half marathon.

Frostbite added his own gift to the bag handed out at the end of the race. Runners and walkers get a hat just like his, complete with tassels and ear flaps and perfect for enjoying the rest of the Winter Carnival.

A well-run run

In addition to high fives from Frostbite, participants can count on consistency with the Securian Winter Run. Each year, the run provides smiling volunteers, a huge “warming house” inside Securian’s 400 and 401 building plazas, free food, hot drinks, giveaways, and a free hot shower afterward at the YMCA next door. There’s also a safe place to stash stuff while out on the course.

The half marathon starts at 9:00 AM at Sixth and Jackson in downtown St. Paul, followed in five-minute intervals by the 5K and 10K. The course is unchanged from last year, winding through downtown and over to the Mississippi with clearly marked turn-arounds on Shepard Road for each event.

Register now!

About 150 volunteers – including 100 Securian associates – operate the Securian Winter Run, which hosts an average of 1,500 registrants.

It pays to pre-register: Fees currently are $55 for the half marathon and $50 for the 5K and 10K. On race day, they rise to $65 for the half marathon and $60 for the 5K and 10K.

About Securian Financial Group

Since 1880, Securian Financial Group and its affiliates have provided financial security for individuals and businesses in the form of insurance, investments and retirement plans. Now one of the nation’s largest financial services providers, Securian is the holding company parent of a group of companies that offer a broad range of financial services.

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Jeff Bakken

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