Running is a great way to get into and stay in shape, no matter the season or time of year. It can help you get ready for your other favorite activities when they’re not in season or just help you sluff off a few unwanted pounds. Regardless of your incentive, signing up for a 5K is a great way to way to motivate yourself to complete your training, as well as have some fun along the way. Because I can’t run right now, I’ll need all of you to do some running for me 🙂
Below is a list of great 5K options from now through the end of 2015! Be sure to check in your specific area for even more options for you and your family.
- March 7. Salt Lake City. Race to Reduce Bullying. Located at Wheeler Farm. Each participant gets a FREE ticket to a Utah Grizzlies Game. $10 child, $25 adult, $40 family (2 adults, 2 children)
- March 14. Smithfield. Shamrock Shuffle. 10 am. $5 public, $4 students/Sun&Snow runners. Wear green to get $1 off.
- April 11. Sugarhouse Park. Run for Your Life! Diabetes 5K and Health Fair. $25.
- April 25. Toole. Ghost Town 5K. Every participant gets a t-shirt, cowboy hat, timing chip, and finisher medal. Starting at $25.
- May 9. South Jordan. Goldilocks Salt Lake. $49.99. Create a team of at least 3 people and get a $5 discount. Girls only!
- May 22. 11:00 PM. St. George. Midnight 5K. $28.00. Located at the former municipal airport.
- June 6. Midway. The Dirty Dash. Prices starting at $45 and increase as race day approaches.
- June 20. Herriman. The Outlaw 5K. $25 before June 7.
- July 11. Salt Lake City. Bubble Run. $40 – run through colored foam.
- July 24. Provo. The Pioneer Day Raft and Run. Run and tube or kayak. Prices start at $29.50 and go up to $55.
- August 1. West Jordan. Potter Run. $25. Dress like a wizard! You’re also invited to Harry’s Birthday Party at packet pick-up.
- August 15. Ogden. Escape Ogden: Water War Run. $35 before August 1.
- September 12. Pleasant Grove. Beat Beethoven. $25 + $2.50 sign up fee. Finish the race before Beethoven’s 5th Symphony finishes playing to get a pin stating “I beat Beethoven”.
- September 19. Logan. Top of Utah 5K. $20 before August 1.
- October 2. Gardner Village. Witches Brew Ha Ha 5K Run. $30 before Sept 15. Dress up!
- October 17. Heber. Heber Valley Wild 5K. $25 + $2.50 sign up fee before September 19.
- November 7. St. George. Snow Canyon 5K. $28 before October 30.
- November 26. Draper. Utah Human Race. $20. Benefits the Utah Food Bank.
- December 5. Provo. Utah Santa Run. $35. Wear a Santa suit!
- December 31. Salt Lake City. 38th Annual Beat the New Year 5K. $20 before race day. Registration begins at 10 PM.
If you are new to running, a 5K is a great place to start! Here are some training tips to make sure you get off on the right foot.
- Follow a training plan – These are available all across the internet, in books, and even with apps, so find one that works for you and be diligent about following it to make sure you are where you need to be for race day.
- Get fitted for good running shoes – The right pair of shoes will make all the difference in your running. Most running stores will be able to watch your form and recommend the right type of footwear for you.
- Wear breathable materials – This means no cotton! Invest in some exercise clothes that will give your skin the relief it needs during all that sweating.
- Listen to your body – It is important to push yourself for progress but not to the point of injury or burnout. Listen to your body and take a step back if needed.
- Eat well – When training, it is even more important to fill your body with good fuel that will help it recover well after workouts. Eat a balanced diet with fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. This also includes drinking plenty of water!
How to Make Training/Races More Fun
After a couple of weeks, your initial enthusiasm might wane and you may find yourself needing an extra boost. Here are some tips to make your training (and of course your race day) more fun.
- Get a running buddy – Not only will this person help hold you accountable, but it will also be more entertaining! You could even get a group of neighborhood friends or coworkers to sign up for a particular race together
- Create your own team swag – Once you do get a team together, you will want matching shirts to wear at the race! If your group is from work, ask your boss to sponsor you and display your company’s name proudly on your shirts. See this article to help convince your boss your company will benefit from these race shirts.
- Do a variety of workouts – On the days you are not running, do other activities – hiking, biking, yoga, dancing. You will burn out quickly and make yourself more susceptible to injury if all you do is run.
- Run different routes – When you are running consistently, your usual routes can become dull and monotonous really quickly. Try to mix up your routes to give yourself new terrain to experience.
So whether you are new to running, a seasoned expert, or just trying to stay in shape, find a 5K or two to sign up for this year. You may find a new way to challenge yourself, while also having a great time!