By Julianne Manning, Stewardship Technology – May 22, 2019
The great thing about 5ks is that they have the potential to attract both people who are excited about your mission and those who are excited about fitness. You can have different levels of competition which makes it easy for anyone to participate. Below are 5 easy tips to help you put on a successful 5K.
Tip #1: Community Engagement!
If you are having the 5K down the main drag in your community get everyone involved! Invite the local shops to open their doors and have an open house while the 5k is going on. Encourage the local bakery to give out samples. Encourage the local stationary story to hand out pens. This creates an atmosphere of community and helps even the bystanders to get involved in the fun.
Tip #2: Think both “In” and “Out” side the box!
The best things about 5ks are that they can happen anywhere. Including your local mall. You don’t have to worry about the weather and it gives the mall the opportunity to get more foot traffic. It also helps to draw curious bystanders to your mission.
Tip #3: Sponsorship’s!
Just thinking about a 5k makes me thirsty. What a perfect opportunity to have a sponsor come to my rescue. Having sponsored water stations throughout the race is a practical way to get sponsors involved and it will help to quench everyone’s thirst.
Tip #4: Make it a Family Affair!
Life is now busier than ever, so who has time to get a babysitter. 5ks can be involved the whole family! Not only does this help parents to want to participate, it helps to instill a sense of community and mission for their children.
Tip #5: Promote! Promote! Promote!
Think social media but also put flyers in your local shops, signs by major intersections, advertise on your local community board. Getting the word out is important but it doesn’t have to be hard!