Jumpstart New Season of Movement: Local 5k Races

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Do you ever run 5k races? There’s something special about running in city streets w/ a bunch of strangers. Everyone is at different levels, but all are moving towards the same finish line - together. Then, there’s a celebration. Not for the winner, but for everyone. We all celebrate what we just achieved. Yes, 5ks can be a rich experience. Especially if they raise money for charity. 

Also 5ks, unlike longer races, can be found almost every weekend during the Fall. Whether you walk or race it, participating in a local 5k can be the perfect jumpstart to a new season of movement. That’s why I thought to put together a short list of ATL 5ks that are on my radar this season. Won’t you join me for one? List in order of date. 

  1. Candler Park 5k and Fun Run (Oct 5th) - this race treks through the beautiful in-town neighborhood of Candler Park during their annual Fall Fest. You can choose between a 1-mile fun run (great for the kiddos!) or a 5k. This is a great kickoff to Fall. Plus, the run doesn’t start until 10am! Perfect for those who prefer to sleep in a little longer on the weekends. https://fallfest.candlerpark.org/races/

  2. Oakland Cemetery’s Run Like Hell 5k (Oct 12th) - kinda spooky? This is the largest cemetery run in the country with all proceeds going towards the preservation and restoration of the beautiful Historic Oakland Cemetery. The keyhole course covers the cemetery and the state capitol. Also, there are prizes for costumes, if you want to get in the Halloween spirit - there’s even one for “Best Dog.” This one is fun and a Peachtree Qualifier too. https://runlikehell5k.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=8377

  3. The Furniture Bank’s Race for Rest (Oct 26th)- this is a wonderful non-profit organization for which my husband is on the board. They provide gently-used furniture to individuals and families in Metro ATL who have recently moved from homelessness into an apartment or house. Most do not have any furniture when they move in - thus, the organization’s mission is helping to “make a house a home.” Their annual 5k race begins and ends at Monday Night Garage on the West End. It weaves in and out of neighborhood streets with short bits along the new part of the Beltline. It’s a perfect way to explore a cool part of town that is becoming more and more trendy with new restaurants and breweries popping up. Also, it is a Peachtree Qualifier race. http://furniturebankatlanta.org/events/race4rest/

  4. Cabbagetown’s Romp and Stomp (Nov 2nd) - Do you love chili and bluegrass? This 5k romp kicks off the annual Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook Off and Bluegrass Festival which is one of the best ways to spend a Fall day in Atlanta. The course begins on historic Carroll Street, winds through the infamous Krog St tunnel, and through the streets of Cabbagetown to the park. You get a chili spoon with race participation, so you can taste all the chili entrants that day. This race sells out every year. https://chompandstomp.com/5k-run/

exerciseJulie Minchew