New 5K Spring Series ties together three small Austin races

The St. James 5K in March is one of the few races staged in East Austin.
The St. James 5K in March is part of the new 5K Spring Series.

A new Austin race series links three small but unique Austin 5K runs.

Runners who do the Paramount Break-a-Leg 5K on Feb. 15, the Austin Community College Fairway 5K on March 1, and the St. James Missions 5K on March 28 get a special commemorative shirt for completing the 5K Spring Series.

The Run Austin Project unveiled the series this week, saying it gives people who resolve to stay fit in 2015 a boost of motivation in the form of three homegrown, authentically Austin events. There’s no extra cost beyond each race’s entry fee.

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The series starts with the Paramount Break-a-Leg 5K, staged alongside the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, which benefits the Paramount Theater in downtown Austin. The ACC Fairway 5K benefits Austin Community College student scholarships and takes place on the Riverside Golf Course adjacent to the ACC Riverside Campus. The series wraps up with the St. James Missions 5K, which benefits the Alzheimer’s Association of Austin and is one of the few races in east Austin.

To register, go to the 5K Spring Series link here or go to the individual race website for each event and pay the individual race entry fees.

The series is non-competitive and no awards will be presented, although each race gives its own age-group and overall awards.

“It’s a bit of an experiment in ‘social engineering,’ trying to get running events to collaborate with each other rather than compete with each other,” said John Conley, head of Conley Sports Productions and race director of the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon as well as the Paramount 5K. “Races seem to be cannibalizing each other and very few events work together to cross-promote. These three little 5Ks have a collaborative spirit that is sustainable for the long-haul.”

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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