Urbana Park District, in partnership with the Urbana Business Association, is putting on a virtual 5K this summer.
“COVID-19 is canceling several 5K races this summer and making traditional forms of getting exercise more difficult. During this pandemic, our parks are providing a vital space to improve upon physical, emotional, and intellectual wellness. So we’re putting on a virtual 5K to promote getting active in our parks” explained Elsie Hedgspeth, Outreach and Wellness Manager.
People can register for the #powerofparks5K by calling Urbana Park District at (217) 367-1544, or register online.
The registration runs from June 23 to July 5. Participants can complete their 5K mileage anytime from July 6 – 19.
The first 200 people can register for free and get a full “swag package” which includes a medal, shirt, and bib with coupons of our Urbana Business Association partners. Those not among the first 200 registrants can still take part by paying $12 and getting a race shirt. A separate registration link will be sent out after the first 200 slots are filled.
The Park District will mail the awards to the racers after July 5.
“We encourage people to use Urbana Park District parks to race, but any space will do – inside or outside,” said Ashley Dennis, Outreach & Wellness Coordinator.
Registrants will keep their own time for the 5k and share their results with Urbana Park District. “We want the participants to share their photos and results of their race. We can’t wait to see the community uniting virtually and discovering the power of parks in this virtual 5k,” Dennis added.
The park district will show racers how to share their results closer to race time.
“This 5K is a great way to get out and get exercise as well as help support the local economy with the coupons provided through Urbana Business Association. Register and give it a try. Everyone is welcome,” Hedgspeth concluded.