Local Runner Takes Virtual 5K to New Heights, Runs 3.1 Miles for 18 Days Straight
Local Runner Completes Virtual 5K Every Day for 18 Days Straight
By Megan Skaggs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Local runner Chris Weinman ran 3.1 miles each day for 18-straight days courtesy of the Nashville Sports Council’s Run for the Return of Sports Virtual 5K.
“During this time of quarantine, when most running events have been canceled or postponed, I was looking for a spark to help keep myself active,” Weinman said.
Within the first few days, Weinman made a “silent deal” with himself to run the 5K every single day and told friends to hold him more accountable, even when the date was extended from 10 to 18 days.
“I knew I had to just keep going,” Weinman said.
Weinman’s workplace, Gresham Smith, is how he first heard about the Virtual 5K.
“My employer (Smith) actively promotes employee wellness and they sponsored a number of folks joining the Virtual 5K to support the Nashville Sports Council,” Weinman said. “Throughout the challenge, we exchanged plans, results, stories and photos to keep each other motivated towards the goal.”
Weinman kept engaged by not running the same route twice while staying close to home, although some days were tougher than others.
“The last day may have been the toughest,” he said. “I spent nearly 12 hours in the car on Sunday and by the time I ran on Monday, it already felt very hot and humid,” Weinman said.
Despite the heat and humidity, Weinman was able to finish with his quickest time of 25:55 at an 8.19-mile pace.
In all, over 200 participants made this inaugural 5K a rousing success.
For more information on the Sports Council events, please visit www.nashvillesports.com.
About the Nashville Sports Council
The Nashville Sports Council is a private, non-profit, membership-based organization of area corporations and individual sports enthusiasts. Created in 1992, the Nashville Sports Council’s mission is to positively impact the economy and quality of life of the Greater Nashville Area by attracting and promoting professional and amateur sporting events. The Nashville Sports Council has hosted hundreds of major sporting events that have produced more than $930 million in direct economic impact for the region. For more information call 615-743-3120 or visit NashvilleSports.com. Follow the Nashville Sports Council on Facebook and Twitter.
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