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5K: What You Need to Succeed

July 12, 2017

5K: What You Need to Succeed

July 12, 2017
The Key2Free

Our 5K is coming up! It’s on September 23rd, in case you’ve successfully dodged our countless Facebook posts and emails. You may have never participated in a 5K before, so I wanted to give you some tips on what to bring and what not to bring so that you will be all set to win.

What to Bring:

  • Your waiver! We sent you a waiver in your confirmation email after registering, so fill that out and bring it with you if you choose not to email it.
  • Workout clothes. You should definitely dress appropriately. There is always someone who shows up in jeans. Don’t be that guy. As hipster as they may be, you will deeply regret it after ten seconds of running. I would recommend wearing wind shorts or other workout shorts or pants. As for the shirt, you will be able to pick up your race shirt prior to race day; we will provide details for when and where you can do so. It is super comfy and sporty, so it will be perfect for running in.
  • Running shoes. Not heels, not boots, not sandals, not Crocs. You will certainly require tennis shoes, specifically running shoes if you have them. We don’t want you to get blisters, so please protect your feet with good socks and shoes. Your feet will love you for it.
  • Earphones (Optional). I know that I could never run or do much without my motivational music. You could create a playlist of running music beforehand if you tend to be like me and spend the whole 5K trying to find the right song. You should feel free to run to whatever kind of music inspires you, and you will likely need some hardcore inspiration for this thing. For my playlist, my inspirational music ranges from Latin pop and pop country to the High School Musical 2 soundtrack and NSYNC. You’re probably wanting me to share my playlist with you right about now. I can do that.
  • Sunglasses. I definitely forgot sunglasses the last time I ran in our 5K, and I paid for that mistake. It’s hard to run a 5K, but it’s a lot harder when you’re squinting so much that you’re running (literally) into people and trees and large rocks.
  • Water (Optional). We will have water stations, but if you have your trusty water bottle that you want to carry with you, you should go for it.
  • 35 Friends. That number isn’t quite as meaningless as it seems. 36 = 6 x 6 (that college education at work), and we have a special price for teams of 6. Hence, I’d recommend bringing at least 35 of your closest friends.
  • A Winning Smile. People take a lot of pictures at these things. Since you’re gonna be running alongside my sweaty self, you should try to maintain your lovely “I love running! I do this for fun!” smile to take the focus off of the rest of us in the pictures.

What Not To Bring:

  • Jeans, Crocs, an unfilled-out waiver, invisible sunglasses, 34 friends, a losing smile.

We can’t wait to see you there. Please let us know if you have any questions. You can email us at contactus@thekey2freetx.org.


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