Run a Virtual 5K This Fall: SparkPeople's Trick Or Treat Trot

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Running or walking a 5K is a great fitness goal. It's an achievable distance, yet gives you a real feeling of accomplishment! While it does take a few weeks of training to complete that 3.1 mile distance, signing up for a race can keep you motivated and on track with your workout plan, whether you're a novice or seasoned runner.
I'm super excited to announce SparkPeople's official Trick or Treat Trot, a virtual 5K race (you can walk or run) open to anyone. You could win some AWESOME prizes (new workout shoes, my upcoming DVD, SparkPeople's new cookbook and more) just by participating, and best of all, it's free! You select your route and simply run the distance the week of October 30. Here's how you can sign up and get access to your free training plan, too!

To Join and Train for SparkPeople's Trick or Treat Trot:
  • Click here to go to our Oct. 30 - Nov. 5 Virtual Race page. There, click the "Join This Race Now" button. Note: You can run or walk a 5K, or choose from the 10K or 1 mile race options.
  • Train for the race, using our 5K Your Way training plans if you'd like. Our 8-week "Rookie Runner" plan is perfect for new exercisers, and we also offer three different 5-week training plans for people who already have a base level of fitness.
  • During the week of Oct. 30 - Nov. 5, walk or run the distance you signed up for, then return to the race page and enter your time.
  • Everyone* who enters their time on the Virtual Race page will be entered to win some fabulous prizes, including:
    • A $100 gift certificate to to buy new workout shoes
    •  "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose The Weight" by Chef Meg
    • Coach Nicole's new workout DVD "28 Day Boot Camp" (before it's released in stores!)
    • SparkPeople T-shirts
 *See Virtual Race page for full contest terms and details.

Sharing this race on Facebook (quick links on the pages above make that easy) is a great way to Spread the Spark to your friends and family—and get them to join in the fun with you! It will also help you stay accountable by announcing your goal to others.
I hope you will join us online for this fall's Trick Or Treat Trot!
Have you ever completed a 5K? Do you plan to sign up for SparkPeople's Trick Or Treat Trot?

Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints
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I just signed up for the 5k walk/jog! I've never done anything like this before but I really want/need to step out of my comfort zone! I'm a bit nervous but super excited to see what I can accomplish between now & then. Report
I'm so ready for this!! Thank you so much. I'm excited and ready to start my training (I've never done anything like this, but for decades I was an exercise hater and avoider and now exercise is so important to me...who would have ever believed this couch potato would join a gym or take a Zumba class without embarrassment) Report
I just did my first 5k a month ago for Ride the Brainwave in SLC. We walked the entire route and it was tough let me tell you. As I watched others run or run/walk it inspired me to get moving more than I am. I am looking forward to finding more 5k opportunities near me and I really want to do the Tough Mudder Challenge next year. I am on board with this Challenge!!! Report
This is my first 5K and I'm super excited! Report
I've only done 2 5k race ever in my life and both in the past month. : ) I've been losing weight, eating healthier, and getting in shape. I can only walk right now, but I'm working on picking up the pace. I want to run, but at 251 pounds, I'm still having trouble getting my feet to cooperate! I look forward to the 5k training program in preparation of the Trick or Treat Trot! In the meantime, I have a couple more 5ks coming up. And the ones I participate use the money for good causes, such as services for people with disabilities, programs that work to prevent child abuse, and programs for victims of domestic violence. It's worth it to me to donate to these causes and get to challenge myself at the same time! : ) Report
I have done a lot of 5Ks but that was while losing (and after) that 130 lbs. I had to stop with the pain in the knees. 6 months after my second knee replacement I did a 5 mile beach run/walk but haven't done any since then because the arthritis moved to my lower back and has twisted my spine. This may be the way to go :-) Report
I don't want to pay the money to run in a race, so I've never went to be in one. Report
I actually found two races in my area in October. Report
I have a broken leg and am going to do the walking! Hopefully, by the end of October, I'll be able to walk the entire distance--don't make any promises what my time will be, but I will finish! Report
signing up for this even though Canadians are not eligible for the prizes. I know there are shipping concerns and stuff but it would be really cool if the Canadian participants got a certificate or something. It could be a printable one, no snail mail involved at all. Report
I've already signed up! Report
I have already signed up for it and am looking forward to it. I did the one they offered last spring and discovered I was much more consistent with my walking before the event than afterward. This will help keep me motivated.

I do wish that SP would create a motivational image about completing a 5K or walking a 5K. They have one that says I ran my first 5K, but some of us are not even remotely interested in running but the accomplishment of completing a 5K even when walking should be celebrated. Report
I was signing up to do a 5K walk the week of Sept 18 - 24 yesterday. I also signed up for the Trick or Treat 5K walk as well. My doctor won't let me run/jog. Report
The Sparkpeople virtual 5K event is what got me motivated into walking/running 5Ks. I love participating in them. I was never a runner before but have found that I actually enjoy it. I keep building up my endurance the more I compete in these. The virtual 5K is a great motivation and keeps me challenged. I'm so glad that this is available. Good luck everyone! Report
I did my first 5K race last weekend and I felt so good afterwards. I loved the last virtual race SparkPeople offered and will defiantly be signing up for this one as well! Report
I'm in! Had a goal this year to run 6-5Ks and one was cancelled--this will replace that race and help me hit my goal! Great idea! Report
Signed up to do this one. Sparkpeople inspired me to run my first one two years ago. It was a huge motivation to keep with my program! Report
I signed up to do this yesterday. Part of it was to try to win the prizes but the other was to challenge myself to do something different. Report
I just signed up. I think I can do this. I am going to try for the 5K, even though I should do the beginner's walk. I really want to push myself this fall! Report
I would LOVE to do this, but I'm actually running my first 5K on October 29th so I'm not sure I'll be managing a second one within (or less than) a week afterwards. :-( bummer. Report
Did the Turkey Trout last year hope to do the same this year. Report
I've signed up and am so excited! This will be my first virtual 5K and the first time in YEARS that I've ran a 5K at all. Report
I did a 'Sticks and Biscuits' 5K on Thanksgiving Day last year, and it was SUCH a good feeling to get out and burn some calories before the feast. It was sleeting, but people were out, encouraging all who passed by. I made a pledge to do this on ALL holidays, even if it was just a 5K (or more) with the dog around the neighborhood. I will certainly join this! Report
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