Wellness: Challenge yourself with 5Ks

Do you need a goal to keep you motivated to stay physically fit? Consider challenging yourself to participate in area 5K runs or walks. The “K” in 5K stands for kilometer, which is the equivalent of 0.62 miles—3.1 miles for a 5K race.

Four upcoming 5Ks in Mora, Aitkin, McGregor and Bigfork include:

1) Sat., Aug. 15, 8:15 am – Mora: This is the 35th anniversary of the Mora Half Marathon (13.1 mi.) and Classic 5K, route starts in downtown Mora. For registration/info, go to http://www.morahalfmarathon.org/

2) Sat., Aug 29, 9:30 am – Aitkin:  Splash Dash 5 K Fun Run at Aitkin County Fairgrounds, Aitkin, sponsored by Aitkin Community Education and others. Pre-registration required by Aug. 17 at http://home.isd1.org/community-education.html

3) Sat., Sept. 5, 8:30 am – McGregor: Wild Rice Days 5K walk or run sponsored by McGregor Community Education. No pre-registration, register in person @ 8 am at Dairy Queen, Hwys 210 & 65, McGregor.

4) Sat., Sept. 12, 8:00 am – Bigfork: Annual Challenge Race, including half marathon, 10 K and 5K, starting at Bigfork Valley Hospital. Register on event day or online at http://bigfork.netreturns.biz/Calendar/CalendarItemDetail.aspx?Id=98274c88-5614-4ac8-919a-938b999da98a#.VcjR15go65s

See more upcoming races/5Ks in Minnesota.

Looking for wellness information? Visit the wellness page on Riverwood’s website. This is a one-stop source of information on both Riverwood wellness resources, such as services and education, and Community wellness resources with info on classes, programs, recreational opportunities and more.