Our Annual Spring 5k is Going Virtual!

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Join us on May 30th for the YMCA Virtual 5k Your Way!


The Whatcom Family Y is excited to announce that its annual Spring 5K is going virtual!


Due to the community impact of COVID-19, the usual Girls on the Run 5K celebration that occurs in late spring will look a little different this year. ALL community members are encouraged to complete a 5K in solidarity with our Girls on the Run and Trail Blazers participants who would normally be celebrating the culmination of their spring season.

The YMCA Virtual 5k Your Way will take place on May 30, 2020. You can complete a physical activity challenge on your own time schedule in your neighborhood, in your home, or other safe and accessible space. All participants are encouraged to maintain appropriate social distancing and go at their own happy pace. 


The YMCA Virtual 5k Your Way is free of charge! Register for 5k HERE

However, donations are encouraged as they will contribute to the sustainability of our organization during this difficult time. All participants will receive a digital race bib that they can print-out, customize and decorate for their chosen race day activity.

Just like we teach our Girls on the Run and Trail Blazers participants, the goal is to go at your happy pace and keep moving forward. You can walk, run, skip, or bike a 3.1 mile route or you can choose to complete a shorter distance. And, if local guidelines or other challenges prevent you from hitting the pavement, we have created a printable training calendar just for you!  The calendar includes physical activity challenges that celebrate the joy of movement.


While we know it is hard to replace the in-person experience of our Girls on the Run 5K, we hope you will use this opportunity to have fun and celebrate with your family: make costumes, decorate your bib and make cheer signs! 


Finally, don’t forget to send us photos from your training and your race day activity. We will write your name on a raffle ticket every time you send us a photo or a description of the activity you’ve completed. We will share the photos to help motivate others to move each day. We’ll be awarding fabulous prizes from your favorite local businesses on May 31st.


You can email photos to: jgallant@whatcomymca.org. You can also post your photos on social media. Don’t forget to tag us so we can enter your name into the raffle. #whatcomymca