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5k Every Day in the Month of May 2021

148 W. Liberty St, wooster, oh 44691
Vertical Runner of Wooster

Starts: Saturday 1st of May 2021 at 12:01 am
Ends: Monday 31st of May 2021 at 11:59 pm (EST)

5k Every Day in the Month of May 2021

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Back by popular demand... (as if it were not going to be back even if everyone hated it...)

You are officially invited to join me in running (and / or walking) at least a 5k Every Day in the Month of May!

Oh yes! It is that magical time of year again.

The month of May is nearly upon us, and with the dawning of a new May comes yet another “5k Every Day in the Month of May” challenge!

Friend, consider yourself to be officially invited to participate. (My condolences...)

This year is going to be even biggerer, betterer, and awesomer than ever before! Jeff Polen Music has once again partnered with Vertical Runner of Wooster and Better Life Coffee to make the challenge even more legit, exciting, and caffeinated. 

Yay!

[cue thunderclaps and dancing ninjas]

A little bit of history...

In 2016, I decided to run at least a 5k every day in the month of May. It was thrilling and fulfilling. When I started, I had no idea how helpful running would be to me on an emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual level, but it became such an important part of my sanity and well-being. 

I would say that running was my savior, but that’s not true. Jesus is my savior, and in His mercy and grace He used running in my life to help me through a very difficult season. 

Praise God!

In 2017, I decided to do it again! In fact, I personally never stopped. I ended up running at least a 5k every day for 399 days in a row (before trading out my 5k regimen for full marathon training).

A little over a dozen people joined me for the 5k Every Day in the Month of May challenge in 2017, and it was awesome to know that others were making the journey with me. I also added a bonus challenge: reading 3 chapters of the New Testament each day. We started in Matthew 1 and ended in Acts 4.

At the end of the challenge, we had 16 runners / walkers finish the #5kMay2017 challenge, and 11 people stuck to the daily Bible reading Bonus Challenge.

In 2018, more than 100 people joined me on the 5k Every Day in the Month of May journey!

In 2019, we reached nearly 200! I also added a daily podcast that participants could subscribe to. Each daily podcast included the 3 chapters of scripture for that day, some songs I have written and recorded throughout the years, and some good old fashioned inspiration to help along the way!

In 2020, we had 750 participants and nearly 450 people finished the challenge. Wowie Wow Wow!! (That was a LOT of T-Shirts to send out... but we loved it.) We also introduced the epic #5kMayhem bonus challenge, and I brought all kinds of awesome guests onto the daily podcast. It was an amazing year for the #5kMay challenge.

You may be wondering... how could the #5kMay2021 Challenge get any better than that?!

Great question... I honestly don't know how it could get any better than that!

But with God all things are possible...

I think this year will be at least as awesome as last year. With your involvement, it will surely be even betterer!

Our biggest goal for 2021 is to see EVEN MORE people reach their goal of running and / or walking at least a 5k every day in the month of May! We believe in you! You can do this!

The #5kMayhem Bonus Challenge...

I love how the 5k Every Day in the Month of May challenge has pushed people to do things they never thought possible, and it brings together a community of fellow encouragers to help along the way. It is amazing to see people set a goal for running or walking at least 3.1 miles every day for an entire month.

Last year all of the inspiring moments along the way caused me to pause and wonder... how far could we go in a single day?

To answer this question, we introduced an ultra epic bonus challenge... #5kMayhem!!

(If you are crazy...) You will be happy to know that we are doing the "5kMayhem BONUS CHALLENGE" again in 2021. On Saturday, May 29, from 6:30am to 6:30pm, we will attempt to run or walk at least a 5k every hour on the half hour! If you finish the challenge, you will have run or walked 37.2 miles!

I think you can, I think you can, I think you can...

It is going to be an amazing day. Just like last year, I really believe that people are going to surprise themselves with what they are able to accomplish in a single day committed to running and / or walking. But #5kMayhem is just a BONUS CHALLENGE. Let's keep the main challenge in focus for now.

How can you officially join in the fun? It’s simple (not easy, but simple). 

1. Commit to running / walking at least 3.1 miles (5k) each day in May. I will personally be running at least 3.1 miles each day and will be making some of those runs public, which means that you can physically join me! But whether you run with me or not, the commitment is to run / walk at least 3.1 miles every day in May.

I am asking that each 5k be an intentional WALK or RUN. Wearing a Fitbit throughout the day and counting non-intentional, cumulative miles that were collected throughout the day, or attempting to supplement a walk / run challenge with a biking or rowing exercise misses the spirit of the challenge. 

2. (optional) Along with running / walking 3.1 miles every day in May, I will also be reading 3 chapters of scripture every day. I will start on May 1 with Matthew 1 and will read 3 chapters every day, getting all the way to Acts 4 by the end of the month. I will be blogging each day about my run, as well as sharing what God is teaching me (either through the run or through the scripture reading, or both). I am inviting you to join me! The challenge is to read at least 3 chapters of scripture every day as we walk our way through the Gospels and into the book of Acts. 

I will be uploading a daily podcast that you can download and listen to while you do your daily 5k. The podcast will actually include the 3 chapters of scripture for that day, some songs I have written and recorded, and some good old fashioned inspiration to help you along the way!

3. (optional) Challenge yourself with the #5kMayhem event on Saturday, May 29. More information will be given closer to May 29, but I will definitely be challenging myself to run at least a 5k every hour from 6:30am to 6:30pm.

4. Interact with the daily blog!! To let me know that you are tracking with me, check in each day on my blog (posted at www.jeffpolenmusic.com) to let me know how your 5k went and / or what God was teaching you through the daily Bible reading. 

I am REQUIRING everyone who is participating in hopes of receiving a prize to check in on May 1, May 15, May 30, and June 1. If you miss the check-in on those dates, you will forfeit your prize. There will be a specific blog post on each of those days called, "CHECK IN". You will need to follow the simple instructions on those pages to stay in the challenge. Don't miss them! They will be posted to the blog at www.jeffpolenmusic.com.

5. Claim your awesome prize!! Anyone who completes the 5k portion of the challenge will get a pretty cool T-shirt saying that they survived the “5k Every Day in the Month of May” challenge! 

You DO need to check in on June 1, 2021 to claim your prize(s). The final CHECK IN will be posted to the blog at www.jeffpolenmusic.com.

Be sure to register before May 1 so you can be sure to hit the ground running (do you see what I did there?).

This year we are once again all official and stuff! In fact, Vertical Runner of Wooster may even throw in a discount for #5kMay2021 participants, so you can get hooked up with some great new gear to help you conquer the challenge.

Let’s do this! The challenge has officially been issued and you are officially invited. Get registered, take the next few days to get mentally prepared, and let the month of May begin!

-Jeff Polen, Jeff Polen Music 

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148 W. Liberty St, wooster, oh 44691

Vertical Runner of Wooster

Saturday 1st of May 2021 at 12:01 am - Monday 31st of May 2021 at 11:59 pm (EST)

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