The Park Authority’s Healthy Strides program is launching a new storytelling project called “I Love Parks” -- the theme of the annual 5K/10K/Kids Dash scheduled for Saturday, May 1, 2021.
Share how parks have affected your life over this past year of pandemic shutdowns by submitting a photo and your story. Your experience could become part of a slideshow that will be showcased on the Park Authority’s website and on social media.
This year, there are more ways than ever to share your love for parks as a participant in the Healthy Strides Virtual 5K/10K. Prizes will be awarded for the best “Sidewalk Shout-outs” and most creative chalk start and finish lines. Live Zoom classes in the week leading up to the race will include healthy cooking, stretching and relaxation. Get full details on the Healthy Strides Virtual 5K/10K website.
With continued COVID-19 concerns, the race itself will be a Zoom event. Walk or run at your pace, on your course. Stay on the Zoom event to hear motivating music and coaching all the way to your finish line. Join featured runners and walkers as they traverse park trails, neighborhood streets and treadmills. Registered participants will receive a Healthy Strides 5K/10K tech tee and finisher medal mailed to their home before race day. Space is limited to the first 500 runners and walkers, so register early. The cost is $25. Children aged 2 to 10 can register for the Kids Dash for $15 and will also receive a kids-sized shirt and finisher medal.
Healthy Strides is supported in part by the Fairfax County Park Foundation, Inova, Cigna, Giant, Virginia Pediatric Group, the Valis Family Golf Learning Center at Pinecrest Golf Course, Glory Days and Move Your WaySM. Race sponsorships for 2021 are still available. A portion of race proceeds benefits trail maintenance and expansion. For more information, visit the Healthy Strides website; or check out the Facebook event.