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The NC Recre8'er - is the Blog for NC Recreation and Parks Professionals. We will feature posts from NCRPA members and staff about all the latest news, insights and tips in our field and around the state. Topics will include but are not limited to: Health and Wellness, Outdoor Recreation, Athletics, Advocacy, Aquatics, Therapeutic Recreation, Special Events, Marketing, Parks and Greenways, Cultural Resources and more! If you are interested in being a guest blogger please contact Matt at NCRPA Matt@ncrpa.net or 919-832-5868. The opinions of The NC Recre8'er (NCRPA) blog contributors don't necessarily reflect the editorial position of North Carolina Recreation and Park Association as a whole.

 

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Creating a Successful 5k Run/Walk Race

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

1/19/2016

 

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: https://vimeo.com/151556291

 

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: http://www.ncparkrun.com/, or contact myself (colleen@ncrpa.net ) or matt (matt@ncrpa.net) 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: https://vimeo.com/151556291

 

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

Colleen

Tags:  5k Training  Active Lifestyle  Healthy Living  NC Recre8 5k race  Wellness 

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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 Active.com 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: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3187996952281022465


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: http://www.ncparkrun.com/, or contact myself (colleen@ncrpa.net ) or matt (matt@ncrpa.net).


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

 

Colleen

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

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The Graham Walks Program: Why Run/Walk Groups?

Posted By Colleen Dougherty, NC Recreation & Park Association, Monday, November 16, 2015

Happy Monday,


Last week we had the pleasure of having Aaron Davis and Kristen Herndon of the Graham Recreation and Parks Department, present our November Wellness Webinar. Their presentation consisted of discussing the Graham Walks Program, a 5 week incentive-based walking program held during the spring and fall seasons. The Graham Walks Program is a free program, with the goal to encourage community members to actively engage themselves in the outdoors and most importantly to exercise!


The mission of Graham Walks is to have the participants walk 100 miles within the 5 week program. Participants are required to keep their own logs and check-in every Thursday. For every 10 miles walked, the participants receive a small prize, some prizes include: pedometers, key chains, pens, gift cards, first aid kits, tote bags, t-shirts, water bottles, mugs, lanyards, health screenings, shoe evaluations, magnets, towels, flash lights, calendars, and stickers. Once they reach the ultimate goal of 100 miles they are entered in a drawing for a bigger prize! The program also includes a walking ambassador, this is a volunteer that is usually a fitness walking guru or enthusiast, whose aim is to share their journey and help new participants learn the walking/running routes. For more information, please visit Graham Walks webpage. Also, if you missed the Graham Walks presentation, you can watch by clicking the following Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/145304582


So why run/walk groups? Run/Walk groups are a perfect way to get community members active while educating them about their community and local park system. Just like the Graham Walks Program, it is important to help connect community members with the means of becoming more health conscious, and at the same time, enjoying each other’s company! Walking programs can be the perfect opportunity to involve local stakeholders and sponsors. Graham Walks has an established day when local vendors come out and discuss their business with walking participants. It creates a stronger support system and network within the community!

 

Additionally, this coming April 2016, NCRPA is hosting the first ever statewide 5k. If your department is currently registered to participate, then a run/walk program is a perfect way to prepare the runners in your community. For more information on how to get your department involved in our NC Recre8 5k race, visit the race page: http://www.ncparkrun.com/, or contact myself (colleen@ncrpa.net ) or matt (matt@ncrpa.net). If you want additional information and sources of other physical activity programs, then check out our Physical Activity Programs homepage! Your department can implement an idea like Graham Walks to get your department and community member’s active and outside in local parks.

 

If you have any incentive-based walking or running programs, then we would love to hear from you! Please email us or submit them on the wellness site here: (colleen@ncrpa.net, http://www.ncrpa.net/?Wellnesssub)

 

Best,

Colleen

Tags:  NC Recre8 5k race  NCRPA  Run/Walk Groups  Wellness 

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