There was a lot of incentive to keep moving for the hundreds of runners and walkers who completed Ottawa’s Hypothermic Half-Marathon yesterday in -19 C weather.

“People finish the race with ice all over their faces,” said Ian Hunter, 58, who ran it for the first time and finished in 2:09.

They call it hypothermic for a reason.”

While the 400 people who registered for the race might seem crazy, they were warmer than the many volunteers and race organizers who stood in the cold under falling snow as the competitors ran and walked 21.1 kilometres through the Central Experimental Farm.

Nationally ranked race-walker Linda Wilson, 53, was first across the finish line in 2:20:03, while Bruce McNicoll, 50, was the fastest runner, completing the course in 1:26. Metro reporter Tracey Tong completed the race in 2:16.