In about a month’s time, you can prepare yourself to easily run a 5k or 10k race. The fun thing about these shorter races is that they’re typically tied to a holiday or a themed event. Running them is equal parts competition and fun. Plus, the shorter distance means that anyone can train to be able to complete them, and it doesn’t require a huge time commitment.
Read on to find out about Fredericksburg’s upcoming 5k and 10k race, and learn how to get prepared to cross the finish line in style.
2018 St. Patty’s Leprechaun Race
The St. Patty’s Leprechaun 5k and 10k Race takes place on Saturday, March 17 from 5 p.m. to 7:15 p.m at Old Mill Park. Participants will enjoy a scenic run along the Rappahannock River in historic Fredericksburg. In addition to the great view and a lasting sense of accomplishment, runners will receive a finisher’s medal, technical event shirt, and chip-timed results.
The race begins at 5 p.m for both the 5k and 10k. Packet pickup will take place at the event one hour before the race starts.
The sooner you register, the cheaper the race tickets will be. Until February 28, tickets for the 5k are $25 and 10k tickets are $40. After that, the price increases by $5 for each of the races. To guarantee a T-shirt, make sure to register before March 7. After that, shirts will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that refunds will not be processed after March 1.
The St. Patty’s Leprechaun Race is partnering with the EOD Warrior Foundation, which helps provide financial assistance to active-duty and veteran wounded EOD warriors and their families. If you can’t make it on race day but would still like to support this foundation and be in on the fun, you can participate as a virtual runner.
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Training for the Race
While you can run a 5k without training, it’s not going to be as comfortable as if you had. In fact, training can be half of the fun. Regardless of which race you’re running, it’s good to follow a training plan. You can either reference one of the many plans available online, or build your own. The key to success in any plan is consistency and progression. Make sure that you’re doing at least one long-distance run per week and increasing in mileage as you near the event.
For example, if you’re running the 10k, that’s about 6.2 miles. You may start with 3 miles on week 1, then add a mile each week. By the time race day comes, you’ll be able to knock out the run in no time. Plus, training can bring out your competitive side and help you get your mile-per-minute time down. This is a great way to make running more enjoyable and push yourself beyond your limits.
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