Community Recap: Automattic’s Worldwide WordPress 5K

Five kilometers. So many stories.

Automatticians preparing for their 5K in Whistler, Canada.

From September 19 to September 26, we invited members of the WordPress community to join us in one of our favorite yearly traditions: the Automattic Worldwide WordPress 5K (open to runners, walkers, cyclists, and hikers — and any other type of ambulation). Here are some of the stories and photos people shared from their corner of the world.

Live from Whistler

Our company is distributed, with Automatticians currently based in more than 50 countries. But once a year, we meet for a week to work and socialize in person — and we always set aside some time to run together, too.

Automatticians preparing for their 5K in Whistler, Canada.

Automatticians preparing for their 5K in Whistler, Canada.

This year, our Grand Meetup took place in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. And on the morning of September 19, a few dozen of us braved the chilly early-morning weather for a 5K in the lush mountain landscape. If this sounds like your idea of fun, consider joining us in time for next year’s edition — we’re always hiring.

A thought-provoking jog in Austin, Texas

For many of us, a walk or a run are among the rare moments when we have time to clear our minds and reflect on our surroundings. For Johanna Levene, jogging is also a reminder of gender inequality. In a powerful recap of her jog during a trip to Austin, Texas, she discusses her fragile sense of safety when street harassment and assault are rampant:

But I’m a runner. I love running when I travel for work. Last week I left my hotel room with my phone in hand and my room key in my pocket. I don’t wear headphones when I run, because I know it’s not safe. I hate holding my phone when I run, but I’m somewhere strange and no one knows I’m leaving and no one is expecting me back. On the off chance something bad happens I can call. On the off chance something really bad happens the last known location of my cell phone might be traceable.

Stories like Johanna’s remind us of the strong voices in our community — and of all the work that’s still needed to make all communities safe and welcoming to everyone, regardless of our identity. (Visit our new Diversity and Inclusion page if you’d like to learn more about our company’s efforts in these areas.)

WordPressers celebrating local landscapes

WordPress communities are fiercely local, grassroots operations. The annual WWWP5K reminds us of the global reach of this platform, and brings together developers and bloggers, designers and photographers, and everyone else in between who uses WordPress to tell their stories.

In Paris, Houssanti Baraka celebrated her first blogiversary by walking five kilometers in La Villette park:

Image by Houssanti Baraka

Image by Houssanti Baraka.

In South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, the blogger at Dis Ekke shared photos from a muddy (but pastoral!) hike outside her recently flooded town:

Image by HesterLeyNel.

Image by HesterLeyNel.

And in the US, southeastern Louisiana-based Diana Klein took her mixed run/walk as an opportunity to closely observe the sights and people that make her neighborhood hers:

I’ve passed a few other early exercisers already, but it’s three quarters of a mile in before I see any of the regulars: the speedy woman walker whom I often come up on and to whom I gently call out, “On your left.” She always squeezes her arms into her body to take up less space, preparing for any onslaught I might bring. “Good morning,” I say as I pass her, scenting her gentle baby powder aura. “Good morning,” she always beams back — as though her eighty-odd years have done nothing to quell the joy that determines to exude from her body. I want to be like her — not when I’m eighty, but right now.

Have you participated in the Worldwide WordPress 5K? Tell us how it went in the comments, or share a link to a post you published about it.

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  1. Alexis Barton

    We participated in Birmingham and included an office scavenger hunt to add to the fun. Here are links to our posts:

    Liked by 7 people

  2. afthead

    Look at me feeling giddy at being included in your recap! Thanks for reading and running with me last week.

    Liked by 8 people

  3. Deli Lanoux, Ed.D.

    Y’all are amazing, which is why you take on the outdoors no matter what and I stick with my air bike.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. gingy55

    My weekly Steps/Miles for This time period are 142,218/58.37
    I’m so loving using my Fitbit daily and besides physical hikes I’ve truly enjoyed several virtual adventures as well.
    Glad I joined y’all in this.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. Chris Gallant

    Here is my blog post about running with classical music, and why everyone needs a little Liszt in their run.

    Liked by 4 people

  6. Stefanie Neumann

    Thank you for the great recap and for giving me some food for thought as well as eye-candy!
    Hope you all enjoyed the WWWP5k.🙂

    We went along the lines of celebrating local landscapes by taking a walk through the biggest public park of town to the oldest still existing dahlia garden in Europe. On the way we met some activity for local political awareness, too.

    The walk is mentioned on my main blog, here:

    And the complete post can be found, here:

    Much love,

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Diana Klein

    Thanks for excerpting my post in your wrap-up! I enjoyed participating!

    Liked by 7 people

  8. ianbcross

    I did a 5km walk swim walk which you can read about on my blog Borderline.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. magpie727

    I encouraged people, in order to help with depression (or any sort of mental health problems, really) to get up and get out and move. Obviously you were encouarging people to do a 5k, which I did, but sometimes, just being active is what’s necessary, and not focusing on a goal beyond just doing something.

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  10. My Chronicles

    I too went for a 5k Run in my own unique environment. It had changed me a lot. I am now running daily for 4 KM. I had been taught many lessons…

    here is the link:

    Liked by 2 people


    Wow, that’s impressive. WordPress is really extending their ridges in a positive way. Great job, guys

    Liked by 2 people

  12. HesterLeyNel

    I am absolutely delighted to have been included in your recap. I could hardly believe my eyes and have been boasting and bragging the whole morning! Thank you so much for your service delivery and the wonderful ways in which you motivate and support the WordPress community.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. vogelhaus1

    Looks cool! Thanks!

    Liked by 2 people


    am glad to be here as part of the celebration.

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Buy or Rent My Homes

    How cool for everyone who participated – thanks for the share. I love Austin-what a great music town!

    Liked by 3 people

  16. bullion

    Thanks for this event!

    I actually participated twice: (15k) (11k and I met a camel)

    It was fun. Will be participating also next year🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Cesar Abeid

    Reblogged this on Veni, Vidi, Velcro and commented:

    Can you find me in that picture?

    Liked by 2 people

  18. Cerita Bahasa

    Great! I hope I can join next time.

    Liked by 2 people

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