Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k

It wasn’t just a one-time event! The Automattic Worldwide WP 5k is back again in 2012! Set your timers for April 29th!

At Automattic we work from all over the world, and we use internal blogs for socializing and exchanging non-work ideas in addition to making and our other products more awesome. One of the things we’re really concerned about is staying healthy – we even have an entire internal blog dedicated to fitness.

We had a great idea: Get all Automatticians from 79 cities & 24 countries to run/walk a 5k on the same day! This way we can get some exercise together as a company even though we’re apart (though we won’t rule out a softball or Texas scramble at our next meetup).

A year later, and there are now 105 Automatticians we hope will take part in the 5k all around the world in 2012.

We want to invite you to join us, users (and self-hosted WP users, too!), in the Worldwide WP 5k – the 5k blogged around the world! The date is approaching, so read on to find out how to participate.

WHAT IT IS: A 5k run/walk (approximately 3.1 miles). You can run, walk, or skip. It’s up to you. There’s no time limit and there’s just one requirement: that you participate! You can do it inside or outside, on a treadmill or on a track, or even do a swim or a bike ride instead of running/walking – just get moving!

A 5k is roughly equal to:

  • 3.1 miles
  • 12 laps around a track
  • approximately 6000-7500 steps
  • approximately 50-60 minutes of brisk walking

If you ran/walked last year’s Worldwide WP 5k, why not try to shave a few minutes off your time and set a personal record (PR)?

WHEN: We’re all busy, but we want you to participate, so we’re giving you some flexibility, too. The WWWP5k is set for Sunday, April 29th, but you can do your run/walk anytime from April 23rd-29th (you’ve got a week to fit it in).

WHO: Anyone who’s ever used or loved WordPress (and your families and friends, too). Heck, the entire Internet is invited!

HOWPost about it on your site and tag the post “wwwp5k” so we can find you (and for a chance to be Freshly Pressed). :) If you’re not on, link back to this announcement post so others can find it and participate, too.

You’re welcome to blog your entire route and your preparation (videoblog, perhaps?) but above all we’d love to see where you are and how you’re completing your 5k. Give us a picture of you and what you see when you cross the finish line and tell us your location as you complete your 5k with the rest of the world. Some tools & suggestions:

  • Get a pedometer
  • Use or to chart your course
  • Set your car’s odometer to 0, leave your house and drive along a safe course with sidewalks for walking/running, until you reach 1.55 miles (you can loop back the same way), or chart out a 3.1 mile course

If you’re not up to running this year, never fear, you can get started with the Couch to 5k method which several Automatticians like – 9 weeks from couch potato to running a 5k, and be ready to run for next year. But make sure to walk this year – no excuses!

Will you be joining us for the Automattic Worldwide WP 5k on April 29th?

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  1. pow

    I am cycling every day to my job, so only will have to stop on time and take a picture :) I need a reminder :)))

  2. Kira

    Reblogged this on Kira Moore's Closet.

  3. Richie

    Reblogged this on Karakui – Okinawan Pop Culture and commented:
    Gotta do this again!

  4. hnbhat

    why not try to shave a few minutes off your time and set a personal record (PR)

    I can’t understand how to “shave” few minutes>! OK. You might have meant to cut off few minutes from your valuable time you spend for something in bogs.

  5. icittadiniprimaditutto

    Reblogged this on i cittadini prima di tutto.

  6. juju

    So glad you guys are calling us to run the WWP5k again this year. I did it last year and it helped me starting running and as a result I lost 10 pounds from April to August 2011. I am so look forward to this again since I gained 5 pounds back since then.

  7. Vaneeesa Blaylock

    Fantastic! I’m in! I’ll use the Mixed Reality Treadmill Desk so my “Typist” and my “Avatar” can both do the 5k at the same time. Thanks WordPress!

  8. parwatisingari

    Yes of course! I didn’t do it last year, but will do it now.

  9. Jennifer Avventura

    Count me in!

  10. Madame Vauquer

    Reblogged this on Vauquer Boarding House – Books, tv, soaps and more and commented:
    Go for it!

  11. Dave

    I’m in! I just ran the Hollywood Half Marathon’s 5k on Saturday :)

  12. mttop72

    I am partially disabled, but I can swim, so that is what I will do. Thanks for getting me involved. It sounds like a lot of fun.

  13. nelson RN

    I’m in! I’ll just be in the treadmill though, so I’m thinking how I should post about it then. Anyways, I’ll figure that out later :) Cheers!

  14. largeself

    Yes! I’ve been running a lot this Spring so will just post about it!

  15. satishkumarla

    It’s nice to partcipate in such a wonderful event!

  16. calihurder

    This is a great idea. I run/walk/shuffle (more like the later) every day with my dogs, so we’ll do it together and I’ll post a pic of us crawling across the finish line here in Livermore, CA. 5K might be a bit much for the dogs (8 & 10 yrs old), but I can start the process myself for about half the distance then continue the rest with the hounds.

  17. Mo Jangda

    This time around, I’m wearing better walking shoes :)

  18. eweket

    I am going to travel in End of April..looking forward to run in one of the streets in Cairo :)

  19. susielindau

    This is such a great idea and another reason why WP is an awesome community!

  20. greavesadmin

    Count me in. My husband & I walk 5k most mornings and use the SportsTracker app for iPhone to chart and share our activity. It will be fun to participate with people all over the virtual and physical world!

  21. notailnorflies

    Count me in! What a nice idea. That reminds me of how long time I spend sitting and doing stuff on the Internet and never going out and walking.

  22. captainruchi

    I am keen to join in! Hope I end up doing so on 29th!

  23. queentracey1

    Reblogged this on Tracey in Maine.

  24. ladonnacontenta

    On my calendar, I’ll be thinking of all of you!

  25. aprilarnold

    Great idea! Count me in! It’s my birthday that day, sounds like a great way to get the day started.

  26. Bryan Lee

    I will even ask my whole company ( to join in!!!

  27. wordcoaster

    Sounds like the perfect thing to do as a study break during finals week :)

  28. Paul Chen

    Reblogged this on Paul Chen's Blog and commented:
    I want to participate!

  29. carolisle

    Who me get out from in front of my computer and move around? ;) sounds like a good goal. Thanks for encouraging physical activity.

  30. afrenchgarden

    You don’t say where or am I missing something?

    • Sara Rosso

      It’s wherever you are! We want everyone to participate from wherever they live, so it’s worldwide and “virtual” in that you can run by yourself or with a friend and then post about it to participate with everyone else.

  31. Cathy

    Wonderful idea!

  32. Brad Merrill

    Great idea – thanks for inviting us all.

    Now to re-blog this…..

  33. Brad Merrill

    Reblogged this on Brad W. Merrill and commented:
    I thought I would invite everyone to join in this “virtual” 5k that is being held by WordPress. Let’s all get out there and do something! Whether you like to run, walk, cycle or something else.

  34. leisaclayton

    My kids and I are in. Sounds fun. Thanks

  35. jots21

    Great idea..It can be more effective if done on a more frequent basis. I myself play football, swim, badminton and also go trekking and rockclimbing occassionally..

  36. Daniel Bachhuber

    Reblogged this on danielbachhuber.

  37. Neeraj Bhushan

    I am ready to lead from India. Who else joining !!!

  38. stephenedwards425

    Cool idea…my wife and I are in.

    Be encouraged!

  39. tinykitchenstories

    Reblogged this on tinykitchenstories and commented:
    I’m up for this! I’m actually going to be running 11 miles that day, training for the OC Half Marathon on May 6, so I can count 5k of that to this fun, global goal. Challenge accepted!

  40. An Unrefined Vegan

    I’m in!

  41. lewis1129

    Sounds cool! I’m in!

  42. katespi

    I’ll be running the Top Pot Doughnut Dash in Seattle that day! Running a 5K with a tasty doughnut waiting at the finishline…perfect.

  43. drhiphop

    Will be doin’ it and doin’ it and doin it well…and representing Oakland.

  44. Carlisle Legal Costing

    I’ll do it while refereeing at Carlisle Rugby

  45. summerfield84

    I will participate.
    I walk more than 5K , everyday.

  46. Our Life In 3D

    I think, like any great 5K, there should be a T-shirt available so we can boast of our accomplishment and Or howabout, at the very least, a widgit we can use in our blog to support the 5K and spread the word with our viewers? just a thought. But sign me up!

  47. monicamm1

    Sounds like a great idea. I will pass this on for sure!

  48. forrestcroce

    Excellent! I’m going to do this on my bike, on the way to one of my favorite rides. :D

  49. maconcepcionjesireemonteposo

    Great! I regularly brisk walked with my husband from our house to the port even on a showering dawn. I just hoped
    Alan can take my picture clearly. Count me in.

  50. kindredspirit23

    Great! I am a stroke victim and have to use a cane, so it may take me the entire week, but I will buy a pedometer and do as much as I can as fast as I can! One more Goal for 2012!!!

  51. Ahmad Alkadri

    Reblogged this on Luna's Journal and commented:
    Definitely going to do this! I’m all ready! :mrgreen:

  52. atothewr

    I think I’ve got to give this a shot this year.

  53. atothewr

    Reblogged this on Running and Sports and commented:
    Something to think about. I think I can do it.

  54. Stephen

    Reblogged this on Heart Renovation and commented:
    I’m thinking that this will be something I will do after church on the 29th – maybe make it a family event!

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  56. henrikvp

    Cool idea. I´m in as well. I´ll try to find some more folks over here to join…

  57. miniserials

    Sure I’ll do it, I have a jogger’s park right next to my house in Mumbai, India. I’ll send a video.

  58. Jennifer (MB & CL)

    I have til the 13th May to get ready for an 8k run. I’m not a couch, but my fitness is not so great either. This will help me greatly, and I look forward to printing and working through this program.

  59. ruralrouterunner

    Great Idea. I am definetly going to take part in this race.

  60. strihc

    Count me in. Mega idea. We all need more exercise. It’s good for mind and body. Good call.

  61. Konstantin Kovshenin

    Reblogged this on Konstantin on

  62. John

    Reblogged this on Fit for a year and commented:
    5k on the 29 April, are you taking part?

  63. peterdopson

    Couch to 5K for me

  64. strahilvas

    It’s a great Idea!

  65. John Saddington

    Reblogged this on 8BIT.

  66. Johnsen

    Reblogged at : :-)
    Think i`m going to do this :-)
    I’m all ready :-)

  67. carybear21

    Love this! I just participated in my first virtual race, and this will be the perfect follow-up! Can’t wait!

  68. carybear21

    Reblogged this on My Life's List.

  69. ibrahimweber

    Great Idea. Thanks for inviting.

  70. Ben Reynolds

    Awesome idea, and a great coincidence for me… April 29th is the date of the annual 10k road race which I run!

  71. Ann Marquez

    I’m so there! :D Not certain how to “reblog,” but blogged about it and posted this link on my site. ;)
    Thank you for the motivation!!

  72. jmnartsy

    I’d love to join in, despite a physical limitation. But, would love to do it (walking, cycling) with other WordPress bloggers who live in Melbourne (I’m near Albert Park Lake, very close, which is 5km exactly around the lake). So, anyone who’d like to join me, even if it means doing it over those few days, please contact me on my blog and we can meet up! Great idea!

  73. jmnartsy

    Reblogged this on jmn pixels and commented:
    Anyone who lives in the Albert Park Lake area, please join me, and we can go around the Lake, as it’s 5km exactly! Contact me here.

  74. Daryl Zamora

    Reblogged this on Multiple Major and commented:
    Calendared! It’s gonna be my first 5k in Bukidnon! :D

  75. whitedragongolf

    We will be joining in, thats my wife and me, and the two dogs, jogging down the beach.

  76. Mishrav.Mikura

    Reblogged this on Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. and commented:
    I’ll participate this year. Going to split that 5k walk in a week :)

  77. hinsone

    Reblogged this on Running From The Past and commented:
    I’m reblogging this to remind myself to participate and also to let any of my followers who are runner-bloggers to know about it!

  78. dhenztm

    Reblogged this on 愛 [dhenz] and commented:
    Let’s do this!

  79. christianpflegerl

    great idea – I like running and feel so free to do it

  80. jualpipapvc

    Thanks for your information. Good job….

  81. Manny

    Reblogged this on From RP to LA to VA 2.0 and commented:
    I’d like to participate, but I’ll be in Boston visiting with family on the 29th. I’ll do my 5K the week before.

  82. annesturetucker

    Wonderful idea, I’m in! Thank you for making this happen!

  83. moss2wood

    Moss, I am a female of 80 years with NHL, Mantle Cell variety. Can’t thank you enough for an energizing opportunity to do that living thing. I’m in.

  84. eof737

    Awesome and I love the t-shirt and widget idea. I participated last year and glad to join the fun again. TY! :-)

  85. Robin

    I’m in! I did it last year and it was great fun. :)

  86. milkayphoto

    Yep, you can count me in again this year! I log 30+ miles on my elliptical each week (have been doing that for over a year now) and I’m in the best shape of my life. For anyone out there just starting out, I was once where you are. I began slowly and built up time and distance. Now, it is simply a part of my routine. YOU CAN DO IT, TOO! :-)

  87. The Style Dancer

    Great idea – avid runner and triathlete here and will run 5K while in Palm Springs that weekend! Best.

  88. sunfishyoga

    I’ll be running this with my son. Thank you for the invitation!

  89. theilongga

    i should do this! :) it sounds fun :D

  90. dominionsoft

    This is such a great idea and another reason why WP is an awesome community!

  91. heartcrossedpaths

    Reblogged this on heartcrossedpaths and commented:
    My Athletes in Tandem partner Zachary and I

  92. Agnes Tabor

    What a great motivator, I am a walker twice a day 4 miles total, working on cutting my time from 30 minutes. Think I will take my walk to the beach here in Naples. Recently started to use the walking polls they increase the upper body workout.

  93. altamemi

    Reblogged this on altamemi.

  94. jrduboc

    I just put the walk on my calendar. I’m in a new city at the moment (stockholm), so it’s the perfect opportunity to explore :)

  95. cathynd95

    Reblogged this on What's For Dinner? and commented:
    Friends and family….join me and other bloggers. For a fun run/walk!!

  96. loveis...?

    Reblogged this on loverslovehate and commented:
    WOW!! This blog is amazing. I LOVE TO BE ACTIVE, lol considering I’m a teen. Want to do this. I’m training for the river run this year!! Wish me good luck.

  97. motivationalfitnessmama

    Reblogged this on Motivational Fitness Mama and commented:
    Here is another interesting run I and going to try to do…

  98. Susan Herman

    Yes, I’m in! Am training for a tri in September which ends with a 4mi run, so my goal for these next few months is for 3.1 mi to be easy peasy (not quite feeling that yet). There’s a beautiful trail at Sacramento’s Ancil Hoffman Park. I plan to go out Friday 4/27 and take pics of the course, then run it. Then blog it.


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