Running a 5K doesn’t have to be scary.
Experienced runners and those who have never participated in a race are invited to join the FIT Fright Challenge 5K on Oct. 27.
Want to go?
What: FIT Fright Challenge 5K
When: 10 a.m. Oct. 27; registration at 9 a.m.
Where: Norwalk Reservoir
Cost: $15 by Oct. 11, or $18 afterward and day-of race.
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“A 5K is a great distance to start for people with interest in getting in shape,” said Jason Werling, FIT brand manager. “With all the couch-to-5K programs out there, many people set a 5K as their first goal. “
The 3.1-mile run starts at the Norwalk Reservoir with a run or walk through the park. Water stops are included, as well as FIT Challenge stops for FIT Challenge contestants Sharon Adler, Brian Feltner, Nick Riedy and Chelsea Saylor.
“The FIT Challenge 5K is a standard course with several stations set up just for our challengers," Werling said. "This takes the timing pressure out of the race and adds a little fun."
While costumes aren’t required, participants are encouraged to dress up.
“We are going to have a costume contest for adults and kids,” Werling said. “We could add a pet division if people would like to dress up their pooch and bring them out for the event.”
This will be Saylor’s first 5K. She joined the FIT Challenge in July in hopes of getting in shape through proper eating and regular exercise. She's planning a combination of walking and jogging, which she calls “wagging."
"I am a little bit nervous,” Saylor said.
The race cost is $15 by Oct. 11, while the cost afterward and day-of race is $18. T-shirts are available to all pre-registered entries and while supplies last on race day. Awards will be given to the top overall male and female participants, as well as runners finishing in the Top 3 in each age group.
FIT Challenger Sharon Adler knows she won’t win an award, but participating is reason enough to celebrate. She and her trainer, Hannah Riley, of the Norwalk Rec, have been training.
“I can’t run, but I have been jogging," Adler said. "I went out the other day, jogged, walked, jogged, walked. That is as good as I can do.”
Brian Feltner and his trainer, Shawn Zahel, of NOMS, are getting ready for the race as well. Since starting the FIT Challenge in July, Feltner has lost about 50 pounds, dropping from 529 to 470.
Lately he hasn’t been working out much.
“With his new job just starting recently, I have not been able to see Brian much,” Zahel said. “He has expressed to me many times that his job is taking a lot out of him and he has recently decided to recommit himself to making more of an effort to try to work out alongside his work routine.”
The Norwalk Reservoir was chosen for the 5K because the spring 5K was in downtown Sandusky. Werling wanted to mix it up.
“Our FIT challengers work out at facilities in both Sandusky and Norwalk, so we wanted to make our races available to both cities’ residents,” he said. “The fall colors and trails at the reservoir will work in tandem with a fright-themed event. No zombies will be jumping out at runners or walkers during the 5K, but we may have a few people who dress like zombies, since it's so close to Halloween.”
With a new set of FIT Challengers every six months, Werling said he'd like to keep hosting the 5Ks.
“We’re looking to make both events annual affairs and invite all of our former challengers to return year and year,” he said.
Firelandsintraining.com is teaming up with Fisher-Titus Medical Center (fisher-titus.org) on this 5K run.