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Creating a Successful 5k Run/Walk Race

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Tuesday, January 19, 2016



Happy Tuesday,


I hope everyone is doing well on this Tuesday! Last week we had our January Wellness Webinar presentation conducted by Greg Walker, Fletcher Parks and Recreation, and mark Scott, owner of Fleet Feet Sports in Asheville. The webinar focused on organizing a 5k run/walk in your own community and discussed the benefits of partnering with a corporate partner for a race.


Greg and Mark discussed key items when planning a 5k run/walk race that will help it become a successful and enjoyable event for your community. First things first, location and setup are critical for a 5k event to run smoothly and efficiently. The location should be safe and secure, and the course is a total of 3.1 miles. Typically, loops or “out and backs” are the easiest for runners. Remember, water stations about the halfway point is important for the proper hydration of competitors. Have a little fun and creativity and designate a place for a “cheering squad” along the route to help energize the runners. Another important topic that was discussed are the volunteers needed for a 5k, they are the true heart and soul of the event. Depending on the size of the 5k, you will need around 15-30 volunteers. Reaching out to local high schools, running clubs, and service clubs to recruit volunteers is a good place to start. Sponsorship can help cut the overall cost of your event as well, some examples include: local running stores, banks or restaurants. Be sure to allow sponsors a table for promotion and giveaway items to be put in race packets for optimal promotion! Greg Walker and Mark Scott also discuss the race day timeline and race planning resources in the webinar! For more information, click the following Vimeo link to listen to their webinar presentation:


Lastly, remember that NCRPA is hosting the first-ever statewide 5k race on April 16, 2016. There is still time for your department to get involved. Visit the race page:, or contact myself ( ) or matt ( for more information. Or watch the latest 5k webinar to learn more of how to organize your own 5k run/walk in your own community, click the following link:


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 Training  Active Lifestyle  Healthy Living  NC Recre8 5k race  Wellness 

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