If you’re not familiar with it, the Worldwide WordPress 5K or WWWP5K is an annual event created by Automattic as an initiative to keep their employees healthy. Each person is expected to run or walk a distance of 5K (3.1 miles) during this period. Since their employees are scattered across the globe, the WWWP5k was designed to be done remotely so everyone can participate and exercise together regardless of their location.
Automattic has a company meetup scheduled this week in Whistler, Canada so employees attending the event plan to hit the trail together for this year’s WWWP5K. Aside from that, they are also going to make a donation to Soles4Souls, a charity dedicated to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing.
This event isn’t exclusive for Automatticians because all WordPress.com and self-hosted (WordPress.org) users are also invited and encouraged to participate. To learn more about this event and how you can participate, check out the information below which we got from the official WordPress blog.
WORLDWIDE WORDPRESS 5K
A 5k run/walk is approximately 3.1 miles long. That is roughly equal to:
- Twelve laps around a track.
- Approximately 6,000-7,500 steps.
- Approximately 50-60 minutes of brisk walking.
We’re all busy, but we want you to participate, so we’re giving you lots of flexibility. You can complete the WWWP5k any time between Monday, September 19th and Sunday, September 25th.
You can run, walk, or skip — it’s totally up to you. There’s no time limit and there’s just one requirement: that you participate! You can do it at a gym or outdoors, on a treadmill or on a track, or even swim or bike instead of running/walking — just get moving!
Post about your participation on your site and tag the post “wwwp5k” so that other runners around the world can find you and read about your experience. If you’re not on WordPress.com, link back to this announcement post so others might join in and participate, too.
You’re welcome to blog about your entire route and preparation (a video or gallery, perhaps?), but above all we’d love to see where you are and how you’re completing your 5k.
JOINING WWWP5K 2016
I decided to participate in this years Worldwide WordPress 5K because of the following reasons: First, I want to be a part of this WordPress event. Second, because I want to keep myself fit and healthy. Third, this will be a good opportunity to use and test the Fitbit Blaze that I unboxed a few days back.
Here’s proof (screenshot from Fitbit app) that I accomplished the required 5K for WWWP5K.
How about you guys? Anyone else planning or have joined this year’s WWWP5K? If you haven’t, there’s still time and you have until Sunday, September 25th to participate. Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.
[image source: flickr.com/photos/josiahmackenzie]