Hennepin 5K

To ensure a healthy and safe experience for participants, the Hennepin 5k has shifted to a virtual event for 2020.

Anytime during the week of June 15 to 21, participate when and where you want – a park, trail, treadmill or neighborhood – while following Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Share your encouragement, photos and selfies on the Hennepin 5k social group in Virgin Pulse or publicly on social media using #hennepin5k!

Register for the Virtual Hennepin 5k

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Virtual event information

Registration

  • Registration for the virtual Hennepin 5k is open and will stay open through Thursday, June 11
  • Please register if you plan to participate to be sure you receive event emails

Event details

Before the event

  • Join the Hennepin 5k social group in Virgin Pulse to be part of the conversation leading up to the event (from the Virgin Pulse Friends tab or app menu, click Groups then Browse Groups
  • To protect the health of participants, t-shirts will not be distributed at this time

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 (ex. Couch to 5k)
  • Track your walks, runs and other healthy habits in Virgin Pulse and earn wellness points

Distance and routes

During the event

  • Participate when and where you want (ex. from your home or around your neighborhood) and practice the following safety measures

Safety measures

  • Follow physical distancing guidelines and stay six feet from other people (when running, some experts suggest 10 to 12 feet) – except for immediate household members
  • Avoid routes with high pedestrian traffic
  • Participate during off-peak times like early morning
  • Wear a face covering if your route is likely to bring you in contact with other people
  • Do not participate if you are feeling sick or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
  • Avoid touching public surfaces (ex. traffic buttons)
  • Share trails and warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass
  • Wash hands when you return home

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 or publicly on social media using #hennepin5k
  • 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 (ex. 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

Support your community

  • Consider "plogging" or "plalking" during the event (picking up litter while jogging or walking) – be sure to wear gloves and avoid touching your face
  • Hennepin County employees: Consider a one-time (or recurring) financial contribution to your choice of featured charities through Hennepin County's Total Giving

After the event

  • Download a printable finisher's certificate
  • Post your event photos and selfies on the Hennepin 5k social group in Virgin Pulse (from the Virgin Pulse Friends tab or app menu, click Groups then Browse Groups) or publicly on social media using #hennepin5k
  • A traveling trophy will be awarded to the Hennepin County line of business with the highest percent registration
  • A best-dressed trophy will be awarded to the participant with the most creative event attire – remember to post your photo

Wellness points

  • Hennepin County participants: Document your Hennepin 5k participation in your Virgin Pulse account prior to October 31, 2020, 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 August 31, 2020 for 250 wellness points – instructions will be emailed to you
  • You can earn wellness points for the Hennepin 5k once per year

More about the Hennepin 5k social group

Overview

  • 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

  • Register or log in to your Virgin Pulse account
  • Hover over the Friends tab and click Groups
  • Click Browse Groups
  • Find the Hennepin 5k social group and click Join us

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
  • From the menu (three lines on upper right), select Groups
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