Fall is synonymous with pumpkin patches, hay rides, and apple picking. But, did you know it’s also a great time to get some exercise as a family at a local 5K event? Participating in one of these events allows you to connect with your child in a new way, set (and maybe even accomplish) a goal, and support local nonprofits. Not to mention, it’s a great excuse to get outside and see Richmond’s beautiful fall foliage.
Here are a few 5ks that promise fun for the whole family:
Cap Trail 5K
Celebrate the season by running or walking on the scenic Virginia Capital Trail the morning of Saturday, October 28th! A costume contest adds an extra layer of excitement, with fun prizes awarded for the best adult, children, and family/group costume.
Halloween Hustle 5K
Run, walk, or push your kiddo in a stroller at the Better2gether Halloween Hustle on October 28th. In addition to the 5K, there is also a Hocus Pocus Kid’s Run, Race Festival, and Costume Parade. Don’t miss the treats along the course, spooktacular games, and allergy-friendly trick or treating.
As the largest timed youth road race in Richmond, the Regency Mile is an excellent opportunity for young children to experience racing. Held on October 29th at Regency Mall, children 5 and under, there’s a 400 meter race. Older children race a one mile course, and parents may race a one mile course as well. The course is completely traffic-free, making this a fun and safe experience. Be sure to stick around for the fall festival immediately following the event.
If you’re looking for a race that will make you smile, register for the SpeakUp5k, which features Fun Zones throughout the race, designed to keep you motivated and happy. The race culminates with a party at the finish line, to celebrate individual accomplishments. The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation encourages all levels of athleticism to join: runners, walkers, and even those who want to meander the course with their children. The event will be held September 9th at Byrd Park.
Step Up for Down Syndrome 5K & Family Festival
Whether you have Down Syndrome, love someone that does, or just want to support, you’re invited to register for this family-friendly event. Individuals with Down Syndrome can participate for free (register by 9/13). Held at Dorey Park, this is a dog-friendly race, and even includes a treat and bandana for your furry running partner.
Superhero 5K for Chesterfield CASA
On October 8th, don your favorite superhero costume and head to Westchester Commons. If the 5K distance is too long for your child, register them for the 1K Fun Run. Parents who are registered for the 5K may accompany their child during the 1K race. In line with the theme, 1K Fun Run participants receive a superhero cape.
Whether your goal is to get your steps in, win the race, or just enjoy time with your family – you can’t go wrong with these local 5K events.