This past spring The 712 Initiative had to cancel their annual St. Patty’s Day 5K Fun Run just days before the event due to the pandemic. All was not lost though! In an effort to continue to engage these runners and help encourage people to get outside and stay active the nonprofit created an online community called “#5K Friday – Fitness at a Distance.”


When The 712 Initiative first started #5kFriday they had no idea what an incredible community would form online. Starting off with a small community group of around 20 local individuals, the group has now grown to 1,075+ members since April. Community fitness and interaction goals are continually being met and even surpassed each week. 

The online community has become a platform full of positivity and encouragement to live active and healthy lifestyles. Group members can be found representing more than 25 states and have completed more than 4,700 5k’s since the movement started in April. That’s over 14,570 miles!


#5kFriday is a great community for someone looking for weekly support to be active and its low stakes to be a part of the group! There are only 3 simple guidelines;

  1. Complete a 5K (by running, walking, biking, or however you prefer)
  2. Take a photo and post it in the #5K Friday online group
  3. Help encourage other members through kind words and actions


Looking for a new trail to try for your next 5k? We asked our 5k Friday members what their top five trails in Pottawattamie County are and they recommend: 

  1. Wabash Trace Nature Trail
  2. Hitchcock Nature Center Trails
  3. Lake Manawa Recreation Trail 
  4. Iowa Riverfront Trail 
  5. Valley View Trail 


This blog was written by The 712 Initiative. To learn more about the wonderful things they are doing in our community, visit their website

This post was originally published on September 2, 2020 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.