Walk Run Events

Snowbird Spring Scamper 5k Race

Me Crossing The Finish Line Of My First Ever 5k Walk Run Event - April 2010!

Walk run events are something you should think about once you’ve been walking for awhile. These events are a great way to amp up your exercise routine.

The best thing about these walk run events are that not only will it benefit you by proving to yourself exactly what you can accomplish, but a lot of charities put on these type of events.

Some of the most common events include:

  • 5k Walks – A 5k walk is 3.11 miles and can typically be completed within an hour. Last year, I was pretty out of shape and new to the whole run walk events scene and managed to do a 5k (my very first one ever) in 56 minutes.  I didn’t do any sort of training – to be honest I didn’t even know that I should have done some sort of training! – but I highly recommend that you do something to prepare yourself for the event! (Note: That’s a pic of me above crossing the finish line of the 5k event I just mentioned)
  • 10k Walks – A 10k walk is 6.21 miles and can typically be completed within two hours. (I wonder if there will ever be a day I can make it 6.21 miles????)
  • Hiking Events – Depending on your location, you may be able to participate in a hiking event. I live in a very small area and to my knowledge this area doesn’t offer anything like this.  When training for a hiking event it’s important to try to hike in a similar surrounding as to where the event will be held.  Some things to consider when entering a hiking event are the type of terrain, the length of the hike, and the elevation.
  • Powerwalking Events – Powerwalking is a special type of walk that utilizes the entire body for maximum workout potential.  This type of walk takes a lot of practice in order to master but once you’ve done so training for a powerwalking event is no different than training for a 5k or 10k walk.
  • Long Distance Events – There are two different types of long distance events, the basic long and the ultra distance event.  The difference between the two is the amount of miles walked.  Anything at 50 miles or above is considered an ultra event.  Training for this is something that should be done for at least a year and you should only enter ones that have adequate support during the event.

There are all sorts of different events out there!  If there’s one thing I did learn from doing my first 5k is that it’s really important to do some sort of training before the actual event. Training is going to be even more important if you’re doing a longer event like a 10k or a hiking event, etc.

As I mentioned above in the post, I live in a really small area but even as small of an area as I live in there are always tons of different walk run events going on. It’s just a matter of taking a little time to search for them.

Happy walking/running 🙂


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  2. Sarah says:

    Congrats on finishing that 5K!

    While I have walked 5ks before (in the gym), I have never been a part of an actual run. I’m currently doing the Couch to 5k running program, so hopefully I can be a part of an actual run in about two months. I’m looking forward to it. 🙂 Since I would like to do a sprint triathlon, 5ks are great practice!

    Have a great day!

    • Author (Tishia) says:

      Sarah – There’s a huge difference (at least I thought there was) between doing it in the gym and out on a 5k course. It was a lot harder on my shins/feet/legs/etc when I did my first (and only) 5k race back in April 2010. I’m getting ready to start the couch to 5k program! I’ve heard really good things about it.