Start Training Now for SparkPeople's Fall 5K


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Fall is almost here, but Halloween candy and décor is already appearing. While everyone's favorite candy-and-costumes holiday can be a real deterrent for your diet, you can vow to stay on track—at least when it comes to your fitness—by doing something healthy that week: a 5K!
Running or walking a 5K is a great fitness goal for people of all fitness levels. 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.
That's where SparkPeople's official Trick-or-Treat Trot comes in! This virtual 5K race (you can walk or run) is open to anyone, anywhere. You could win some AWESOME prizes (new workout shoes 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 28. You could even run your race on Halloween if you dare! 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. 28 - Nov. 3 Virtual Race page. There, click the "Sign Up 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. When you sign up for a free 5K training plan, you'll get email reminders each week with your workouts. Start training by Sept. 10 for the 8-week plan, or by Sept. 30 for the 5-week plan, and you'll be ready to run by the week of Halloween!
  • During the week of Oct. 28, walk or run the distance you signed up for, then return to the race page and enter your time. Use SparkPeople's Fitness Mapping feature to measure out your route.
  • Everyone* who enters their time on the Virtual Race page will be entered to win some fabulous prizes, including:
    • 1 person will receive a $100 gift card to to buy new workout shoes.
    • 5 participants will receive a copy of “The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose The Weight” by Chef Meg.
    • 10 participants will receive a $25 gift card to the SparkPeople Store.
 *See Virtual Race page for full contest terms and details.

Sharing this on Facebook or Twitter 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 and training plan to others.
I hope you will join us online for this fall's Trick-Or-Treat Trot! I've already signed up. Have you?
Have you ever trained for a 5K? Do you plan to sign up for SparkPeople's Trick-Or-Treat Trot?

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  • 25
    Found others! - 10/16/2017   10:31:41 AM
  • 24
    Just signed up for my first one. I'm leading an Anti-Zombie Apocalypse challenge on my main Spark Team and thought I'd better step up my "escaping from mad zombies" skills. :D - 10/2/2012   10:22:37 AM
  • 23
    I did a 5K walk with Weight Watchers and enjoyed it. Unfortunately, right now a 5K walk is out of the question. I'm lucky if I can walk a mile without my right leg going numb.
    If you haven't tried one, go for it, especially if you live in an area where the fall colors are spectacular.
    - 10/1/2012   12:56:18 PM
    I am starting the training today. I'm excited and scared. I don't want to be disappointed in my time. I'm really hard on myself. I have to remember that I haven't been in good shape since jr. high when I ran track. So for everyone who is participating if this is your first or even if you've done before checkout my page I'm good at motivating and encouraging others just not myself..LETS DO THIS - 10/1/2012   11:50:30 AM
    I did this last year than never did another. I joined 8 week rookie running program and hope to finish and not quit again. - 9/11/2012   4:26:36 PM
    I'll be running my first 5K on Nov. 4th, the day after my birthday. I'm really excited and looking forward to it. I'll be completing it using the run/walk method, you have to crawl before you walk ;-) And my goal is to complete the race with my head held high and my lungs still in my chest. LOL! - 9/11/2012   11:31:58 AM
  • N16351D
    My first 5 K was in fall of 1972. My more recent one was in May of 2012. Then I became very ill with a lung infection and remain unable to run four months later. But I can probably train to walk the 5 K in this SP challenge. I like jogging and look forward to getting back to it after 40 years of keeping it up. - 9/11/2012   8:48:05 AM
  • 18
    Definitely doing this! I ran my first 5k this summer and it was an amazing feeling of accomplishment. This is a great way to do something different with my routine :) - 9/11/2012   5:15:54 AM
    I can't do it. But Blessed all of you that can do it. - 9/10/2012   1:15:14 AM
  • CLONG5276
    I just signed up for the virtual Trick or Treat Trot--my first walk/run 5k! Looking forward to it. I've been doing c25k since April but may try Spark's beginner plan for this. I am so glad to have found this site! - 9/7/2012   8:26:51 PM
  • 15
    I'm in . I did it last year, and the summer race as well. Fall is the BEST time for outdoor running. I love races and collect the bibs from them all. Another way to improve the Trick or Treat Trot for members would be to offer a custom printable bib for participants to have as a keepsake for their first 5k or to add to a collection. Participants wouldn't be required to run with it on, but could if they choose and that may even help them spread the spark. Think about it. - 9/7/2012   2:33:10 PM
  • 14
    I did the Virtual Trick or Treat Trot last year and after going through the C25k training program found that I really enjoyed running. I have continued to run 1-3 times a week and even did a half marathon earlier this year. Thanks for the motivation to give it a try and I'll be trotting again with all the other virtual trick or treaters again this year! - 9/6/2012   11:51:23 PM
  • 13
    I joined. I did the summer 1 it was my first, but I felt so good. With all the energy I felt from everyone at SP, I wanted to do it again. I wonder if there will be 1 for winter (Christmas)? - 9/6/2012   11:43:41 PM
  • 12
    I joined! - 9/6/2012   1:43:22 PM
  • 11
    Trained for a 5k once and sprained my ankle :[ but this time i'm gonna go all the way! - 9/6/2012   1:38:20 PM
  • 10
    I signed up, I can do this! - 9/6/2012   10:29:09 AM
  • 9
    I'm doing my first 5k on October 6 with my husband and daughter. Then I have a Turkey Trot planned through my church. This one will help keep me going! I've never done this before, and I am totally amazed at how quickly my body has gotten stronger. I've gone from running 90 seconds at a time to running 25 minutes at a time in the last 2 months. - 9/6/2012   10:23:37 AM
  • 8
    I so ready to do this. Love those virtual races. me and Jesus my running partner are so ready........we signed up. - 9/6/2012   12:45:16 AM
  • 7
    I've done a mile run before but this will be my first 5K and I'm pretty excited about it. Just what I need to keep up the cardio program. Since I'm signed up, I have to do the training and the race. That's the way I look at it! - 9/5/2012   8:22:24 PM
    I have been wanting to run a 5K for quite some time. This will be my first and a stepping stone to more. - 9/5/2012   11:53:36 AM
  • 5
    I have completed Spark people's 5K walk. I was healthier, and able to train both outside and in the gym. The weather, isn't conducive for me to walk too much outside,
    and my membership to the gym has lapsed. If stronger at that time I would love it!
    It would be best for me to use a track fairly close to home, or walk at the gym. Need to find out more detail - 9/5/2012   11:08:14 AM
    So excited this will be my first virtual 5K race-my goal is to run the Color Me Rad in Pittsburgh next year-so these races should have me prepped & ready to go by then. :) - 9/5/2012   10:07:00 AM
  • 3
    I just completed a 5K on Saturday [run/walking], and am already planning on doing the Halloween Monster Dash 5K race at the end of October so this fits in perfectly! I'm still coming up with costume ideas that I can race in, though. I'm also doing another 5K at the beginning of the month, I'm working on running that entire thing. Two months ago, I could barely run for 30 seconds and now I'm up to running 1.5 miles without walking. Thanks, sparkpeople! - 9/5/2012   9:47:49 AM
  • 2
    I may be interested in doing something like this, but I don't want to start until I come back from vacation in October. (Don't want to risk injury before I go on vacation). Will Sparkpeople head up another virtual 5K run in the next month or so after this current one? - 9/5/2012   9:06:39 AM
    I did the walking training plan during the challenge over the summer. It was great motivation and now I'm routinely completing 3 mile walks as part of my weekly fitness.

    You don't have to already be a runner. You don't even have to be a runner at the end. But the challenge can really help you up your speed and mileage in a few weeks. - 9/5/2012   6:43:51 AM

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