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Hennepin 5K

Celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Hennepin 5k this June! Hennepin 5k week will be held June 13 to 19. All are welcome to participate at their own pace.

You can participate on your own, with your team, or at one of five scheduled events during Hennepin 5k week. 

  • Monday, June 13 – West Human Service Center, Hopkins (4:45 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, June 14 – Lake Nokomis Park, Minneapolis (10 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, June 15 – Northwest Human Service Center, Brooklyn Center (12 p.m.)
  • Thursday, June 16 – French Regional Park, Plymouth (12 p.m.)
  • Friday, June 17 – Normandale Lake Park, Bloomington (9 a.m.)

Registration closes Friday, June 3.

Register for the Hennepin 5k!   

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Before the event

  • Register for the Hennepin 5k and select where and how you will participate. Register by Friday, June 3.
  • Join the Hennepin 5K social group in Virgin Pulse to share encouragement leading up to the event (from your Virgin Pulse Social tab, click Groups then Browse Groups).

Training resources

  • Start a Journey in Virgin Pulse (ex. Walk Your Way to Fitness) to help build strength and endurance.
  • A variety of free training apps are available (e.g. Couch to 5K).
  • Track your walks, runs and other healthy habits in Virgin Pulse and earn wellness points.

Distance and routes

  • A 5K equals 3.1 miles. Not all Hennepin 5k routes are a perfect 5k.
  • Get familiar with the route you plan to take.
  • If participating on your own, map your route with tools like Map My Walk or Milermeter.

Support Total Giving

  • If you are a county employee, consider a one-time (or recurring) financial contribution to your choice of featured charities through Hennepin County's Total Giving.

In-person event information

  • Details for your selected event will be emailed to you prior to the event.
  • Events will take place rain or shine.  Events will be canceled in the case of lightning.
  • Bring your own water and water bottle.
  • Participate at your own pace. 

Virtual event information

  • If you are participating on your own, participate when and where you want (e.g. around your neighborhood, at a park).
  • Complete the 5k at your own pace during the event week.

Ideas to show and share your Hennepin 5K pride

  • Jazz up your start/finish line with chalk art or share messages of gratitude along your route.
  • Take a selfie at your finish line and share on the Hennepin 5K social group.
  • Use mapping tools to show others your route.
  • Make a sign hyping your department or division.
  • Wear previous Hennepin 5K gear or get creative with your attire (e.g. sport your favorite stay-at-home outfit, decorate your stroller, etc.).


Participate on personal time

By registering for the event, you agree to the release of liability and indemnity, which states you are voluntarily participating in the activity on your own personal time.

After the event

  • Download a printable finisher's certificate (available soon).
  • Post your event photos and selfies on the Hennepin 5K social group in Virgin Pulse (from your Virgin Pulse Social tab, click Groups then Browse Groups).
  • Document your participation in your Virgin Pulse account for wellness points (Hennepin County and City of Minneapolis participants).

Wellness points

You can earn wellness points for the Hennepin 5K once per year.

  • Hennepin County participants: document your Hennepin 5K participation in your Virgin Pulse account prior to the October deadline, for 500 wellness points — instructions will be emailed to you.
  • City of Minneapolis participants: document your Hennepin 5K participation in your Virgin Pulse account prior to the August deadline, for 250 wellness points — instructions will be emailed to you.


  • Be part of the conversation before, during and after the event on the Hennepin 5k social group.
  • The group is an open forum where participants can share encouragement, tips, photos and more.
  • You need a Virgin Pulse account to join the group.

Steps to join the group

Use the Virgin Pulse app (recommended)

  • You can also access your Groups on the Virgin Pulse app (this makes it easy to share photos from your phone).
  • From the App Store or Google Play, download the Virgin Pulse app.
  • Open the app and log in to your Virgin Pulse account.
  • Open the Social tab from the bottom menu, then select Groups.
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