From your desk to a 5K: Free running program prepares you to run 3.1 miles

In as little as eight or 16 weeks, you’ll be running a 5K with the free Desk to 5K running program just for City employees.

The program is designed for beginner runners, and it will get you ready to run 3.1 miles in either eight weeks or 16 weeks, depending on the training schedule you choose. If you choose the eight-week program, you’ll be ready to run a 5K just in time for the Minneapolis Police Department’s fifth annual Runnin’ with the Law 5K. This year, the Runnin’ with the Law race will go around Lake Calhoun the evening of Thursday, Aug. 14. To encourage you to participate, the City’s Wellness Committee is sponsoring the Desk to 5K program.

The Desk to 5K running program was created just for City of Minneapolis employees by Activ8, a team of exercise physiologists. The program offers a training regimen and schedule and a group kick-off run on the first day of the training program.

If you want to participate in the Desk to 5K running program, email Amy Friedman at or attend an information session hosted by MPD Fit from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in the City Hall Rotunda, 350 S. Fifth St. Employees must sign a waiver to participate in the program.

Look for more information coming soon in Minneapolis Matters on how to sign up for the Runnin’ with the Law race.

Desk to 5K program includes:

Group kick-off run

Begin your 5K training with the support of your coworkers at a group kick-off run noon Monday, June 16. The training will consist of:

The training will take less than 30 minutes. The group will begin gathering at 11:50 a.m. in the City Hall Rotunda.

Runnin' with the Law 5K race

When: Thursday, Aug. 14

Where: Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun, Thomas Avenue South and West Calhoun Parkway, Minneapolis

Cost: $30 if you pre-register, $35 on race day

          $5 for Kids Fun Run

The registration fees include a voucher for the Cafe Racer food truck, a pint glass and free lemonade or root beer.

Schedule of events:

Register: Look for information on how to register for the race coming soon in Minneapolis Matters.

Published Jun 9, 2014