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Reasons to run a 5k Race!

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone is back into the swing of things and ready to conquer a New Year! The NCRPA team is gearing up for some exciting events this year, including the first ever statewide 5k race happening April 16, 2016, across the state of North Carolina. So far fourteen recreation and parks departments have registered to be a part of this exciting event.

If you are interested in being a host, there is still time for your department to register! Here are some reasons listed by why promoting a 5k race in your community is beneficial! For participants, finding training time is precious, especially when it comes to training for a half-marathon or marathon. Participants can work up to a 5k race from scratch, and train for it even just on three days a week. Your department can provide run groups to create a social and encouraging environment for participants to train in! The 5k race day is also fairly easy for participants. They will arrive about 20-30 minutes prior to the race with a quick warm-up and the race will take about 40 minutes maximum to complete. It is also a great family experience, where children and adults can both participate and head home feeling accomplished together. Additionally, a 5k race is great motivation for health improvement. It will help participants to elevate their overall max VO2, which is the maximum rate of oxygen consumption as measured during incremental exercise, as well as improve running form and efficiency and encourage more regular training runs or fun runs. For more reasons why a 5k race is great for your community, then read Active 6 reasons to run a 5k race article!

Following the theme of 5k races, Greg Walker, Fletcher Parks and Recreation, and Mark Scott, owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Asheville, will be hosting our first Wellness Webinar of the year tomorrow, January 12th, at 1:00pm. The webinar will focus on organizing a 5k run/walk in your own community, as well as discussing benefits of partnering with a corporate partner for a race.  To register please click the following link:

If you have never organized a 5k race in your community, then participating in the 5k Webinar will be extremely useful information! For more information on how to get your department involved in our NC Recre8 5k race, visit the race page:, or contact myself ( ) or matt (

If you have any information and advice on 5k races then please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net



Tags:  5k Run/Walk  Health  NC Recre8 5k race  Wellness 

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