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Second Annual Mayor’s 5K Draws More than 5,000 Walkers, Runners

November 18, 2012

Free Downtown Event Continues Mayor’s Healthy Living Campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean today led walkers and runners through downtown Nashville for the Second Annual Mayor’s Challenge 5K, a free community-wide event to celebrate active, healthy living. More than 5,000 runners and walkers participated, according to early estimates.

As part of the Mayor’s Challenge, more than 300 children and their parents participated in the inaugural Kids’ Fun Run, which was three-quarters of a mile in distance. Both the Fun Run and 5K started and ended at Public Square Park.

“Today’s turnout made a strong statement about Nashville’s commitment to being a healthy city,” Dean said. “I’m proud of all our finishers, and I encourage them to stay active. I appreciate our community partners, volunteers and everyone who worked to make the 5K and Fun Run a success.”

Last year, the inaugural Mayor’s 5K also drew more than 5,000 runners and walkers to celebrate active, healthy living. The 5K event builds on the momentum of other citywide health initiatives, including Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor and Mayor’s Field Day.

Mayor Dean is also in the midst of a second round of Walk 100 Miles and is hosting regular Walk with the Mayor events to encourage participants to reach the 100-mile goal by the end of the year. The next Walk with the Mayor will be a two-mile walk in the Richland Avenue area on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 9:30 a.m. It will start at the Children’s Christian Center at 3534 West End Avenue.

Community partners for the Second Annual Mayor’s Challenge 5K Walk/Run and Kids’ Fun Run include Coca-Cola, United Healthcare, Jackson National Life Insurance Co., Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, YMCA, Nashville Striders, Nashville Sports Council and the Metro Parks and Recreation Department.