WE RUN THE PARKS is a FREE self guided run or walk program designed to get people outdoors and exercising.
THE CHALLENGE: Walk or run all trails listed below by the end of Fall 2020. We would like you to take your time and enjoy the journey. While this is not a race, you are encouraged to document the time it takes to complete the courses.
We've put together a unique REMOTE RUNNERS run/walk experience. Even though we are all currently urged to self-isolate, running or walking outdoors (especially solo) is still encouraged for your fitness and mental well-being.
OPTIONAL DURING REGISTRATION:(Not included with free registration)
STEP 1: Register for the event
STEP 2: Get the FREE RunGo App (Optional - A Manual process is also available)
Run or Walk the trails listed below.Download the FREE RunGo app for iPhone, Android, or Apple Watch. You may also download the course GPX to your Garmin, Suunto, etc. devices. You can follow these routes with the built-in turn-by-turn voice navigation, without getting lost, and without needing a map!
STEP 3: Check out the route
Find our routes below. If you want us to add a park you feel the community would enjoy, please submit to supportstaff@5Kevents.org and we will review it for inclusion.
STEP 4: Run the Route!
You can follow these routes on RunGo with the built-in turn-by-turn voice navigation, without getting lost, and without needing a map! At the end of the run, you'll have the option in the app to “Share with Virtual Race,” where you’ll select “We Run the Parks –Milwaukee County” This will seamlessly add your run or runs to the leader-board on our race website. These results will get verified and weighted based on your performance.
STEP 5: Celebrate! We will be sending out promotions and specials as this program evolves that are exclusive to our participants who purchase a T-shirt. If the sponsor sees you wearing your event shirt (optional with registration), you will receive exclusive specials. No Shirt, No Service, whoops... we mean, No Specials.
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You may also submit your participation manually, via our REMOTE RUNNERS platform.
Note: Actively running or walking the full distance of any of these routes is not mandatory, as you may submit any distance, but the leaderboard may boost entries if they run the full suggested route, if they run more than one of the suggested routes, if they run hillier routes, etc. The leaderboard may also compensate for differences in distance, to equate a 2 mile distance with a 5 mile distance, etc.
FOLLOWING ARE THE TRAILS INCLUDED IN THIS PROGRAM
- We suggest running the following routes for the best experience. You’re welcome to choose your own distance and modification of any route listed. Your place on the leaderboard will get boosted for completing one or more recommended routes.
(Additional Routes/Parks Will be added as they are mapped out)
|Park or Trail||Trail Head||Municipality||Distance||Surface||Map|
|Lake Vista/Bender Park||Oak Creek||5K||Mixed||Route|
|Grant Park – Oak Leaf||So. Milwaukee||5K||Mixed||Route|
|We Energies||Oak Creek||5K||Asphalt||Route|
|Oak Leaf South||Oak Creek||4.21||Asphalt||Route|
|Oak Middle School||Oak Creek||3.5||Asphalt||Route|
|Abendschein Park||Oak Creek||5K||Asphalt||Route|
|Oak Leaf Hidden Trail||Oak Creek||5K||Asphalt||Route|
|Crystal Ridge Loop||Franklin||5K||Trail||Route|
DOWNLOAD our ZERO to 5K program - Many newcomers to running become discouraged by the difficulty associated with the activity because they start too fast and push too hard. Their bodies rebel, and they wind up miserable, wondering why anyone would possibly want to run in the first place. The Zero to 5K program has been specifically designed to instill a love of running and ends with participating in your first timed 5K See our event directory here: https://5kevents.raceentry.com/
We’re here to help you achieve your goal(s), be it your first 5K, improving your run, or simply offering a resource where you can run with a group that is designed to help each other stay motivated. You should ease into your 5K training plan gradually. In fact, the program we provide is less of a running regimen than a walking and jogging program. The idea is to transform you from a non-runner, getting you to begin running a 5K ( or 3.1 miles) and on a regular basis in just 4 weeks.
It’s easy to get impatient, and you may feel tempted to skip ahead in the program, but hold yourself back. Don’t try to do more, even if you feel you can. If, on the other hand, you find the program too strenuous, just stretch it out. Don’t feel pressured to continue faster than you’re able. Repeat weeks if needed and move ahead only when you feel you’re ready.