Snapshot Sunday: The Mayor’s 5K Challenge

Surprise! It’s Snapshot Sunday.

The hubs and I really like the Mayor’s 5K Challenge. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean started this last year as part of his NashVitality effort. The event is free and the Metro Transit Authority provides free bus service to and from the event to accommodate those who have transportation challenges.

There are no timing chips. Dogs and strollers are allowed. It’s completely family friendly and accessible to every fitness level. There were athletes there from Achilles International’s local chapter. I’d guess one of those athletes and his guides spent an hour and a half to two hours on the course. He’s my hero.

After last week’s painful half marathon and yesterday’s equally agonizing 10-mile event, I wasn’t sure how I would feel today. Actually, I expected the worst. While in church, I sat on the back row and stretched my foot throughout the service. When it was time to dress for the race I laced my shoe so loosely I felt like I was walking around in a clown shoe. By the end of the 5K, my foot was tight as a tick. But I was able to slowly jog every step.

Race participants gathered at Public Square in downtown Nashville.

The start line was conveniently located next to…

Grumpy’s Bail Bonds! Because, you know, one never knows when one might need Grumpy’s before, during or after a 5K.

I met Kristin Benton (front row, second from left) and her crew from Happy Hoops. Kristen teaches Hula Hoop fitness classes. I’ve seen her group at a lot of events. They walk the course while…you guessed it.

Metro Police trainees did a pre-race warm-up demo. Hubs asked me if I wanted to get out there and show them how it’s done. He was smirking when he asked this.

Mayor Dean addresses the crowd. He announced that there will be a 3rd annual Mayor’s Challenge 5K next year. Yay!

This is a pet-friendly event.

I’m now lined up in my start corral. To my left is LP Field where my beloved Tennessee Titans play.

This little guy is riding in style.

And we’re off!

Going up Broadway.


Happy Hoops!

People were still headed toward the finish line as hubs and I were making our way back to the car. I love that all paces are welcome.

If you live in or near Nashville I hope you’ll plan to wear one of these next year!

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