The Mayor’s 5K: Run One, Run All


Yesterday, hubs and I participated in Nashville’s fourth annual Mayor’s 5K. We’re on a streak because we’ve done this one every year. We love it, not because it supports a charity…it doesn’t. Not because of the ChampionChip-timed course…it doesn’t have one. We believe in the Mayor’s 5K because it’s accessible to everyone; there’s no entry fee.

Hubs and are blessed that we can afford race entry fees. We know not everyone can. Not only is this race free thanks to several corporate sponsors, if transportation is an issue, participants can get complementary rides to and from the race, courtesy of the Metro Transit Authority.

Other than the lack of timing, participants get a real 5k experience. There are balloon-decorated start and finish lines. We line up in corrals based on expected finish time. There are water stations and Miles 1 and 2. And there are plenty of people cheering loudly at the finish line.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean addresses the participants. His advice: "Start slow, then taper." LOL!

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean addresses the participants. His advice: “Start slow, then taper.” LOL!

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Public Square Park: the 5K’s gathering point.

The Mayor's 5K is dog and stroller-friendly.

The Mayor’s 5K is dog and stroller-friendly.

Start Line

Start Line

Finish Line. Source

Finish Line. Source

It's Hubs! Our local Fox News affiliate caught him looking fierce!

It’s Hubs! Our local Fox News affiliate caught him looking fierce!

More than 2,000 people participated yesterday and I think we showed off NashVitality pretty well.

Does your city have accessible events to encourage wellness? Brag on them in the comments section.

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