Mayor Karl Dean will host the Second Annual Mayor’s Challenge 5K on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Public Square Park. This free event is expected to draw thousands to the downtown area. In addition to the 3.1-mile walk/run, this year’s event also includes a Kids’ Fun Run, which will be three-quarters of a mile in distance. Activities at Public Square Park begin at noon. The Kids’ Fun Run starts at 2 p.m. The 5K event will begin at 2:15 p.m. Both events will start and finish at Public Square in front of the Historic Metro Courthouse. Participants are encouraged to arrive at least one hour before their start time. The event is free and open to all ages and fitness levels.
WHO: Karl Dean, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville
WHAT: Second Annual Mayor’s Challenge 5K Walk/Run
WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 18: Activities begin at noon; Kids’ Fun Run begins at 2 p.m.; 5K starts at 2:15 p.m.
WHERE: Public Square Park 1 Public Square
Registration for the Second Annual Mayor’s Challenge 5K Walk/Run and Kids’ Fun Run is available at MayorsChallenge5K.com until midnight on Nov. 15. Registration also will be available onsite during packet pickup:
- Friday, Nov. 16: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Public Square Park, 1 Public Square
(Mayor Dean will pick up his packet at 11:30 a.m.)
- Saturday, Nov. 17, 10 a.m. to noon at East Community Center, 700 Woodland Street
- Sunday, Nov. 18, noon to 2 p.m. at Public Square Park, 1 Public Square
MTA will provide free transportation on all buses for participants traveling to and from the 5K event. Since the 5K is free, participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Last year, the inaugural Mayor’s 5K 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. 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.