Runners take your mark, get set, go! In an effort to make fitness a fun and engaging activity, VIDA Fitness is hosting its third annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, November 18 at East Potomac Park. The local fitness club chain will donate proceeds from the event to Thrive DC – a local non-profit organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the DC area. Local radio personalities Tommy McFly, Kelly Collis and Jen Richer, co-hosts of 94.7 Fresh FM’s The Tommy Show, will emcee the race and awards ceremony. The 5K Run/Walk is open to the public and participants can submit their event registrations at: www.vidathrive5k.com.
New this year, the Thrive DC 5K Run/Walk will include more awards and age group categories, including a brand new stroller and puppy division. VIDA Fitness is also honoring discounted race registrations for military, DC police, fire fighters, students and recreation leagues.
Nicknamed Hains Point by locals, East Potomac Park’s flat running course, which circles the Potomac River, will again serve as the backdrop for the event. Known for being both dog and stroller friendly, VIDA’s 5K Run/Walk is geared toward families, kids, weekend athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. Race participants are welcome to bring their kids and pets.
Events and prizes for the race include:
§ VIDA memberships, personal training sessions and guest passes.
§ Gift cards from Capitol City Brewing Company, Aura Spa and Bang Salon.
2017 Packet Pick-Up will take place at VIDA Fitness-Verizon Center on Thursday, November 16 and U-Street on Friday, November 17 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to help out on race day. Capital City Brewing Company is hosting a complimentary thank-you dinner for all volunteers prior to the race on Thursday, November 16. To learn more about volunteering at VIDA’s 5K Run/Walk, visit here: http://vidathrive5k.com/volunteer/.
Parking space is limited at East Potomac Park, so VIDA encourages race participants to leave their cars at home. Convenient methods of transportation include walking, Capital Bikeshare, DC Metro, Uber or taxicab.
Continuing a race tradition, VIDA Fitness is again hosting a sock drive to benefit Thrive DC beginning September 1, which will run right up to race day. Runners and spectators are encouraged to bring new socks of all sizes and styles to all six VIDA locations or on race day where donation boxes will be located. The Thrive DC sock drive is open to anyone and held at all VIDA locations beginning September 1– exactly two months before the 5K Run/Walk. It’s a match —VIDA Fitness is doubling the efforts and will match each pair of new socks donated to Thrive DC.
WHO: VIDA Fitness, Thrive DC and The Tommy Show
WHAT: 5K Run/Walk benefiting Thrive DC, with Tommy Show Hosts, Grand Prizes
Schedule of Events on Saturday, November 18:
o 7:00 AM - Packet Pick-Up Opens
o 7:00 AM - Bag Drop Off Opens
o 7:30 AM - Warm-Up Stretch
o 7:55 AM - National Anthem
o 8:00 AM - Race Begins
o 9:00 AM - Awards Ceremony
o 9:30 AM - Course Closes
WHEN: November 18, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
WHERE: East Potomac Park at Hains Point
14th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024
About Thrive DC
Thrive DC has been working to prevent and end homelessness in the Washington Metropolitan area for 37 years providing homeless and low-income individuals a comprehensive range of services, including twice-daily meals onsite, lunch to go, an Emergency Pantry, job training, employment support and housing assistance. Many of the clients they serve are diagnosed with mental illness, some struggle with substance abuse, others have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, and a majority live with chronic health problems, who do not have regular access to crucial care.
Thrive DC provides a low-barrier, vitally needed safety net for all these individuals, where they can get the help they need to be able to successfully face food insecurity, extreme poverty and homelessness and to take the first step towards independence and self-sufficiency. To learn more, become a volunteer or make a donation, visit ThriveDC.org.