This year I turned 31, and I wanted to do something special. So I planned to host a 5K run for my birthday at my house. I wanted to run 3.1 miles with my friends and family.
Here’s how I did it…
1. Plan a route: I used Map My Run to draw a loop that started and ended at my house.
2. Give Advance Notice: I made sure to let people know well in advance so that they could train up for it if they had never run before.
3. Make Preparations:
- Party Favors — I made temporary tattoos with my name in a heart.
- Maps — I printed up small maps for people in case we ran at different speeds. I also included shorter loops for people who might get tired and wanted to quit early.
- Outfit — Since I was the birthday girl, I needed a fun outfit. I made myself a tutu and felt “Birthday Star” crown that I can use later for my kids’ birthdays.
- Finish Lines — I had leftover crepe paper from a previous party, so I had people hold that up so everyone got to run through a finish line (toilet paper could work, too).
- Food — I organized a potluck party so I didn’t have to worry about all the food.
- Tables/chairs — I had tables and chairs outside in the driveway and the food inside.
- Start time — I had a start time of 11am, and then we just all ate lunch when we were finished.
- Timed event (optional) — I used an iPad on a music stand to time the event for fun and had someone record people’s time as they crossed the finish line.
- Safety — I didn’t have any streets closed down, so I made sure people knew to wait for cars and stay safe.
4. Appoint people: You need someone in charge at the home front while you are out running who can make sure the finish line holders are in place, there’s a photographer, someone to yell “On your marks. Get set. Go!” and start the clock.
5. Have fun: The great thing about this is that you need runners and non-runners. The non-runners can watch the kids, cheer, hold the finish line, take photos, etc. The other great thing about a 5K is that there are some people who can run that without training for it. It was fun to start out all running together. Then some people were faster and they went ahead and the rest of us stayed pretty well together. We got a couple honks and shouts which was fun.