Crittenton Services Annual 5K Goes Virtual

Would you like to do a 5K, virtually from anywhere? Well, you can with Crittenton Services Mountain Mama 5K.

For the past several years, Crittenton Services has held a traditional 5K race; this year the event is going virtual. The virtual event takes place anywhere, at any time of day on May 11 and 12.

A virtual 5K offers complete flexibility for participants. Your start line can be your treadmill, a local track or any street. Participants can choose to post their finish time on social media or just post their picture from their own personal finish line.

What are the advantages? No early start time, no weather worries, no parking headaches and no portable potties. For beginning runners, the virtual event is a low-stress way to tackle the first 5K.

Because the race is run anywhere, participation creates an expanded online community of runners and walkers sharing their times, fun, and friendships, all while supporting the programs of Crittenton.

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“We look forward to seeing pictures of Crittenton friends at ‘the finish line’ from all over the country, using #mountainmama5K,” said events coordinator Jessica Smith.

The Mountain Mama 5K is named in recognition of the agency’s well-known residential program, which specializes in caring for girls, young moms and their babies. Crittenton’s Wellspring Family Services program provides community-based care in 22 West Virginia counties — in five regional offices, in homes and through a secure telehealth platform.

Race participants receive a T-shirt, specially designed for the event by local artist and Crittenton board member, Rachel Goodman, and a race packet with goodies supplied by local businesses. T All proceeds from the race benefit Crittenton. T-shirts will be available for purchase after the race on the agency’s website.

To register ($35), visit the race website.