We all need something to rally around, and we need to burn off all that banana bread we've been eating during social distancing. Training for a 5k will keep you busy and it's also a way to give back. Now is the time to sign up and start working on your mileage for a virtual run to Feed America.

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Virtual Run to Feed America 5k

Feed America 5k

This FREE running event for charity brings us together as a community and benefits Feeding America. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization which has seen a huge increase in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This virtual run takes place nationally on May 9th at 9am in each time zone. They will even have a singer start the race at 8:50am with the National Anthem.

How to Run a Virtual Run

  1. Visit RunSignup at the link below to register for event and donate to Feeding America.
  2. At 9am in your respective time zone you start your time and run, walk, jog, run on your treadmill for 3.1 miles which is a 5k. 
  3. Log in your time on the registration site at RunSignup.com where you register for the event and donate if you choose. 

Training For Your 5k

Are you ready to join the movement? There's no time like the present to get started. Here's our best advice to get to the finish line.

  • First, make sure you are in good enough shape physically.
  • Start slow, try a mix of running and walking. One mile is fine, since the race is only a few weeks away, don't overdo it. It's OK to walk!
  • Good shoes. Get a pair with decent cushioning. 
  • Track your progress with an app like Runkeeper or Strava.
  • Be sure to hydrate.
  • Keep it safe. Check out our safety running tips here.

Need more help? Check out the couch to 5k program.

Virtual Runs to Help Fund a Cause

More Virtual Training Opportunities

The 10th annual Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride presented by Long Trail Brewing has gone virtual this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It normally brings more than 1,000 people to the Killington region in June each year to cycle in The Green Mountain State. The event raises critical money for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports’ year-round adaptive sports programs, athletes and adaptive sports equipment. 

Now through June 20, participants are encouraged to set a personal goal and then ride a road or mountain bike, as well as walk, run, roll, join virtual exercises classes, horseback ride or any other active event while still social distancing. 

Registration is $40/person with a $150 minimum fundraising requirement. Participants who raise $150 or more will receive a Participant Appreciation Package with event tee, pint glass and more. This year, the first 500 people to raise their minimum fundraising of $150 also will receive a Killington Ticket Voucher valid for one day of skiing or riding during the 2020-21 ski season or one day of mountain biking during the 2020 summer season.

The goal for 2020 is to raise $300,000. Weekly contests and prizes, plus fundraising incentives are in place to help motivate and incentivize participants to be active for an important cause. 

Get more details here https://charityride.vermontadaptive.org 

Virtual Run to Feed America 5K

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