Building on the success of the “Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor” program, last fall Mayor Karl Dean issued a new challenge to Nashvillians – walk or run a 5K (3.1 miles) with him on the streets of Downtown Nashville. More than 5,000 people participated in the inaugural Mayor’s Challenge 5K Walk / Run. Now in its second year, the Mayor’s Challenge 5K has expanded to include a Kids’ Fun Run, a .75-mile course for children 12 years of age and under.
The 2nd Annual Mayor’s Challenge 5K Walk / Run and Kids’ Fun Run will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, starting at Public Square Park. Activities start at noon. The Kids’ Fun Run begins at 2 p.m. The 5K begins at 2:15 p.m. Participants are encouraged to arrive at least one hour before their start time. Participation is completely free and individuals of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to join.
With a goal of encouraging Nashvillians who have never participated in a 5K before to take the “Mayor’s Challenge”, the Department of Metro Parks and Recreation is offering a free, eight-week training program at its five regional community centers and the Centennial Sportsplex. Participants also can use the training regimen to prepare for the 5K on their own. By taking advantage of the training classes at Parks’ facilities, you will have free access to fitness professionals. Plus, Mayor Dean will be attending periodic training sessions when possible, so you’ll have the chance to train alongside him.
Along with individuals, Mayor Dean is encouraging local businesses and organizations to form teams to train and participate in the 5K together. Team support is a great way to help meet a new fitness goal.
It’s time for Nashvillians to get healthy and stay healthy, and it’s more fun if we do it together. Register for the “Mayor’s Challenge” today!