5 by the 5th Virtual Run Series- Registration is open!

Happy Monday! It’s hard to believe we’re only a few weeks from the new year.  One of my goals is to continue to work on my short race pacing (after I survive the marathon!), and a little accountability never hurts.

I’d love for you to join me for “5 by the 5th” – a virtual race series in which we run a 5k or 5 mile run by the 5th of each month (for time or for fun), from January to June, 2013.

If you’ve done HBBC with Amanda in the past, you know she starts the new year with a 5k fun run.   Amanda and I have teamed up to offer the Resolution Fun Run on January 1st as the kick off for the 5 by the 5th Virtual Run Series.


The 5 by the 5th series will run from January to June, with the option to run a 5k or 5 miler by the 5th of each month.  You can run once, or every month, and it will begin with the Resolution Run on January 1, 2013.

The series of virtual runs provides an opportunity to win prizes every month, or to get competitive with yourself and track your speed or progress each month if you’d like to.  New runners and walkers are also welcome!


  • All of the races are free.
  • Record your time each month as evidence that you ran, and each run recorded will count toward monthly prizes.
  • If you only run one race, your name will stay in the drawing through all six months.  If you run all six races, you’ll have six entries by June’s prize drawing.
  • Tweets and shares will count toward additional entries.
  • If you blog about your races, I’ll provide a link up each month to share your post.

We’ll kick everything off with the Resolution Run.  If you are local to Houston or Miami, you can also opt to meet up for a local fun run that morning. I’ll email details about the Houston run, and the Miami fun run will take place at 9 AM at South Pointe Park, Miami Beach (neither one is timed!)

Prizes! Prizes will be pulled each month, and include:

Yoga Mat and Balance Ball; Sparkly Soul Headbands and a box of Honey Stinger Energy Gels; Roller Rumbler; Two Go Sport $25 gift cards; Two pairs Injinji socks; Three Runner’s World Subscriptions


For the Resolution run or 5k/5 mile challenge, feel free to email photos to Amanda or I, or share them on the Run to the Finish or Mommy, Run Fast facebook pages.

Tweet or share on facebook for an extra prize entry.  Here’s one option:  “Join the 5 by the 5th Virtual run series with @mommyrunfaster – sign up here: http://wp.me/p2fC61-15C “

Sign up below:

This is also a great way to get races in for Jill and Jen’s 13 in 2013 race challenge series.

We’re excited to kick off the new year with a run- hope you can join us!

What are your running goals for the new year?

134 thoughts on “5 by the 5th Virtual Run Series- Registration is open!

  1. I have been really frustrated having to drop out of 5 races in a row do to injury, but am finally done with Pt and up to running 3 miles. This is so perfect. Something I should be able to do by Jan:)
    I’ll share on my blog about it all too (linking back to you of course), because I’ll want to tell everyone how my runs go:)
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  3. I stumbled upon your blog today and just signed up for the virtual run series as well as the 13 in 13. If I have goals I am more apt to keep training.

  4. I love challenges like this! I need all the extra motivation I can find to keep me on track for marathon #2 training through the Indiana winter. Thanks for hosting this!

  5. I’m in. Like you I’m focused on #2 marathon at the moment but this will be great to check in with my shorter distances and give me incentive to keep the speed up there too. Very excited! Thanks Laura for organising. Now time to tweet about this great idea!
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  8. I really want to do this very bad! The only hitch is that my family and I (hubby & 4 kids) will be on a trip to Disney World with our high school marching band during that time. We may be able to run but my time would be quite slow as kids would have to be with us. If I am unable to get a run in can I still do the other races? If so, could I get all the specifics on how to log my runs? Thank you so much for all your time and effort! I really hope I can do this!!!

  9. Hi Keri! I’m glad you’re excited about it. You can absolutely do the remaining months, Feb- June. Or you could even count a 3 mile walk, if you cover that in your Disney World adventures. :)

    Within the next week, I will email all participants with the link to enter their time on a spreadsheet with first names only.

    Let me know if you have any more questions!
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  13. I would love to join in… My question: does it have to be “running” a 5k? Or can it be walk/run a 5k too? (I hope that after the first couple, this will be a moot question)
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  14. A few of my friends will be joining me… is there a specific place we are meeting at on South Pointe Park? I know it starts at 9am, is there a meeting time before that? Thanks :)

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  16. I’m absolutely lovin’ all the “accountability” races and sites this year. I have some lofty goals, the biggest completing my first olympic triathlon in November. This is gonna be fun!

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