For those who don't have any running experience but are interested in training for a 5K, The Columbus Road Runners offers Couch to 5K programs. The next one begins on Aug. 27. During the 9-week program, participants build up from running/walking intervals to completing a 5K (3.1 miles). The group will meet Tuesday and Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at Cooper Creek Park. Columbus Road Runners offers this training program free of charge for everyone. The only cost associated will be the entry into the goal race, which is the Big Dog Howl 5K on Oct. 26. It's not mandatory to participate, but it's strongly encouraged.
Audie Murphy 5K: Race-day registration starts at 6 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 at Big Dog Running Company in Uptown Columbus. The local chapter of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is hosting their second annual event with a 1-mile (7:30 a.m.) fun run and a timed 5K race (8 a.m.). All proceeds will be donated to Damascus Way, a local battered women's and substance abuse shelter. The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club is an organization of Non Commissioned Officers that work with local communities and their organizations to make their communities a better place. The 5K costs $25 and the 1-mile is $10. Race shirts will be given to everyone who preregisters. There will also be a free drawing for donated items from race sponsors. Every runner will receive one ticket. For every 2 canned goods brought to the race and donated to Damascus Way the runner will receive and extra ticket. Register on Active.com or Estartline.com
Rotary Park 5K: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 along the RiverWarlk. Columbus Road Runners member, $5; nonmember, $10. Part of Columbus Road Runners Summer Series. www.bigdogrunning.com
Friday Night Lights 5K/1mile: 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at Marion Co. High School. More details will be available this month at www.bigdogrunning.com.
Victory Run for Veterans: Sponsored by the American Legion Post 135, Aug. 24, around Moon Lake at Idle Hour Park in Phenix City. Registration is at 7 a.m. for the 1K walk/run and 8:30 a.m. for the 5K. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. and costs $15 in advance and $20 on race day. The 1K run/walk costs $10 in advance and $15 on race day. Proceeds to benefit children and youth programs. This event was rescheduled from May 18. www.post135.org; 706-718-5164; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
33rd Annual Country's Midnight Express 5K: Midnight Saturday, Aug. 24 at 3137 Mercury Drive in Columbus. Nonrunners will also enjoy this event with live music, vendors, food and cheerleaders. Costs $20 with advance registration at active.com