I’m Going To Frostival And Here’s Why You Should, Too

BCBSND writer Lonna Whiting takes a selfie break during an 8-mile run in subzero temperatures as part of her 2014 Fargo half-marathon training.
BCBSND writer Lonna Whiting takes a selfie break during an 8-mile run in subzero temperatures as part of her 2014 Fargo half-marathon training.

Unlike most North Dakotans, I don’t complain about the cold. In fact, I usually tell people to take a chill pill about the wind chill.

Get down with layering up.

Shivering is just the cold keeping you awake.

OK, so that last one is a stretch. But if you read a recent BCBSND blog I wrote about koselig, you know that there are many wonderful aspects about winter that don’t involve hibernation.

Koselig now!
What’s koselig? Koselig is a Norwegian state of mind that’s all about making the best of winter – coming together as a community and getting outside even if it’s the last thing you want to do.

And that’s why I’m going to the Frostival celebration Friday through Sunday. I choose to celebrate the cold with my community.

I choose to live the koselig way of life. I choose to put the WIN in Winter!

This is an example of someone embracing koselig.
This is an example of someone embracing koselig.


This is an example of someone not embracing koselig.
This is an example of someone not embracing koselig.

BCBSND co-hosting the Almost 3K
There are so many events and activities for people of all ages, I can’t list them all here (but you can find them BCBSND writer Lonna Whiting takes a selfie break during an 8-mile run in subzero temperatures as part of her 2014 Fargo half-marathon training.Since BCBSND is co-sponsoring the Almost 3K run/walk Saturday at the Red River Zoo, I’m definitely lacing up to enjoy a brisk jog amongst the camels, wolves and red pandas.

Can’t find a sitter? That’s no excuse either. There’s also a Youth Almost 1.5K, along with half-price zoo spectator admission, a free selfie station and carousel rides from 8 to 10 a.m.

If you’re still not convinced that Frostival is fantastic, the forecast calls for temperatures to reach nearly 40 degrees on Saturday.

Come on, let’s chill together!

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Lonna Whiting is a writer and editor at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. She can be reached at lonna.whiting@bcbsnd.com