5 Reasons to Run a 5K

Can't get motivated about fitness? Signing up for a 5K race is the perfect way for you to stay accountable, get healthy and burn fat. Click here for a training schedule.

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Speed Racer Because a 5K is a relatively shorter race, runners find that they can really tap into their adrenaline. Even if you trained at a very slow pace (and hey, there's nothing wrong with that!) chances are that the thrill and excitement of race day will pump you up and keep you going. If you run 10-minute miles, you can finish the race in the half of the time it takes you to watch The Dr. Oz Show. You'll feel your body pulling energy from the runners around you and your 7 weeks of training. It's an intoxicating combination that will keep you glowing long past the finish line - and it might just be the extra boost you need to keep running, and sign up for your next 5K!

Help Others, Help Yourself
Because they are such a realistic goal, many charities and non-profit organizations have adopted 5Ks as fundraisers and community events. Contact your favorite organization today and see if they sponsor a 5K in your area. Often you can raise money for a cause while getting yourself in shape. You'll be helping your mind, body and community.

If you're interested in running a 5K in your community, check out Runner's World's Race Finder. Happy running!