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 WordPress.com 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, WordPress.com 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!
HOW: Post 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 WordPress.com, 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 mapmywalk.com or RunKeeper.com 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?
Apr 10th at 4:21 pm
Apr 10th at 4:26 pm
Great idea – thanks for inviting us all.
Now to re-blog this…..
Apr 10th at 4:31 pm
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.
Apr 10th at 4:44 pm
My kids and I are in. Sounds fun. Thanks
Apr 10th at 5:03 pm
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..
Apr 10th at 5:15 pm
Reblogged this on danielbachhuber.
Apr 10th at 5:19 pm
I am ready to lead from India. Who else joining !!!
Apr 10th at 5:39 pm
Cool idea…my wife and I are in.
Apr 10th at 7:16 pm
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!
Apr 10th at 7:21 pm
Apr 10th at 7:35 pm
Sounds cool! I’m in!
Apr 10th at 8:35 pm
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.
Apr 10th at 8:36 pm
Will be doin’ it and doin’ it and doin it well…and representing Oakland.
Apr 10th at 9:22 pm
I’ll do it while refereeing at Carlisle Rugby
Apr 10th at 9:37 pm
I will participate.
I walk more than 5K , everyday.
Apr 10th at 9:57 pm
I think, like any great 5K, there should be a T-shirt available so we can boast of our accomplishment and WordPress.com. 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!
Apr 10th at 10:23 pm
Sounds like a great idea. I will pass this on for sure!
Apr 10th at 10:50 pm
Excellent! I’m going to do this on my bike, on the way to one of my favorite rides.
Apr 11th at 1:06 am
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.
Apr 11th at 1:53 am
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!!!
Apr 11th at 1:53 am
Reblogged this on Luna's Journal and commented:
Definitely going to do this! I’m all ready!
Apr 11th at 2:54 am
I think I’ve got to give this a shot this year.
Apr 11th at 2:55 am
Reblogged this on Running and Sports and commented:
Something to think about. I think I can do it.
Apr 11th at 3:17 am
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!
Apr 11th at 5:24 am
Apr 11th at 5:43 am
Cool idea. I´m in as well. I´ll try to find some more folks over here to join…
Apr 11th at 6:31 am
Sure I’ll do it, I have a jogger’s park right next to my house in Mumbai, India. I’ll send a video.
Apr 11th at 6:54 am
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.
Apr 11th at 7:18 am
Great Idea. I am definetly going to take part in this race.
Apr 11th at 8:44 am
Count me in. Mega idea. We all need more exercise. It’s good for mind and body. Good call.
Apr 11th at 9:15 am
Reblogged this on Konstantin on WordPress.com.
Apr 11th at 9:41 am
Reblogged this on Fit for a year and commented:
5k on the 29 April, are you taking part?
Apr 11th at 10:52 am
Couch to 5K for me
Apr 11th at 11:59 am
It’s a great Idea!
Apr 11th at 4:29 pm
Reblogged this on 8BIT.
Apr 11th at 6:15 pm
Reblogged at : johnnyjohnsen.com
Think i`m going to do this
I’m all ready
Apr 11th at 7:44 pm
Love this! I just participated in my first virtual race, and this will be the perfect follow-up! Can’t wait!
Apr 11th at 7:53 pm
Reblogged this on My Life's List.
Apr 11th at 9:19 pm
Great Idea. Thanks for inviting.
Apr 11th at 9:59 pm
Awesome idea, and a great coincidence for me… April 29th is the date of the annual 10k road race which I run!
Apr 12th at 1:44 am
I’m so there! Not certain how to “reblog,” but blogged about it and posted this link on my site.
Thank you for the motivation!!
Apr 12th at 5:14 am
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!
Apr 12th at 5:17 am
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.
Apr 12th at 6:11 am
Reblogged this on Multiple Major and commented:
Calendared! It’s gonna be my first 5k in Bukidnon!
Apr 12th at 8:10 am
We will be joining in, thats my wife and me, and the two dogs, jogging down the beach.
Apr 12th at 10:06 am
Reblogged this on Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. and commented:
I’ll participate this year. Going to split that 5k walk in a week
Apr 12th at 10:48 am
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!
Apr 12th at 11:07 am
Reblogged this on 愛 [dhenz] and commented:
Let’s do this!
Apr 12th at 11:12 am
great idea – I like running and feel so free to do it
Apr 12th at 12:40 pm
Thanks for your information. Good job….
Apr 12th at 1:06 pm
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.
Apr 12th at 4:53 pm
Wonderful idea, I’m in! Thank you for making this happen!
Apr 12th at 5:04 pm
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.
Apr 13th at 3:07 am
Awesome and I love the t-shirt and widget idea. I participated last year and glad to join the fun again. TY!
Apr 13th at 5:59 pm
I’m in! I did it last year and it was great fun.
Apr 14th at 2:28 am
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!
Apr 14th at 7:12 pm
Great idea – avid runner and triathlete here and will run 5K while in Palm Springs that weekend! Best.
Apr 15th at 4:12 pm
I’ll be running this with my son. Thank you for the invitation!
Apr 16th at 4:20 am
i should do this! it sounds fun
Apr 16th at 12:10 pm
This is such a great idea and another reason why WP is an awesome community!
Apr 17th at 1:09 am
Reblogged this on heartcrossedpaths and commented:
My Athletes in Tandem partner Zachary and I
Apr 17th at 4:25 pm
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.
Apr 18th at 4:20 pm
Reblogged this on altamemi.
Apr 19th at 7:34 pm
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
Apr 20th at 1:23 am
Reblogged this on What's For Dinner? and commented:
Friends and family….join me and other bloggers. For a fun run/walk!!
Apr 22nd at 2:35 pm
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.
Apr 23rd at 1:57 am
Reblogged this on Motivational Fitness Mama and commented:
Here is another interesting run I and going to try to do…
Apr 23rd at 10:50 pm
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.