The power of running for 5-minutes.

You have always wanted to be a runner, but the lack of time or fear of running "too" slow has held you back.

Most people don't realize that there are HUGE health benefits in running most days, at a slow pace, for as little as 5-minutes.  This is backed by scientific research.

Leisure-Time Running Reduces All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality Risk

"Running, even 5 to 10 min/day and at slow speeds <6 miles/h, is associated with markedly reduced risks of death from all causes and cardiovascular disease. This study may motivate healthy but sedentary individuals to begin and continue running for substantial and attainable mortality benefits."

November 2016 and January 2017 Challenge Participant (and shirt winner!)

November 2016 and January 2017 Challenge Participant (and shirt winner!)

What Do Past Participants Have to Say?

I loved the NTR challenge. I was sidelined with an injury at the beginning of the year and felt like I would never run or walk again for exercise. The challenge to walk just five minutes a day seemed manageable to me and by the end of the challenge I was getting in 15 minutes. The challenge motivated me to get back out there and helped me make it a habit. The other participants were so encouraging and everyday they were there, cheering me on. Thanks so much for doing this! Can’t wait for the next one.
— Denise
Loved this challenge, kept me motivated even if it was a none run day I made sure to get out and walk. Enjoyed seeing all the other athletes achieve their goals as well as where they are from. It was like our own little support group. Thank you Mark for putting this together and I cant wait for the next one to start!
— Lori
I’ve really loved the challenge because it’s gotten me out of my lazy rut. I have a marathon in April, but was feeling lazy and only running 4 times a week. It’s a been a great boost to get myself out there at least 5 times a week!
— Rebecca
I wanted to say, thanks so much for running the challenge! I’ve been struggling with motivation the past few months, and this has been fun, and helped a lot. I really appreciate it!
— Derek
I really appreciate this None to Run Challenge. I’ve been getting back into running and looking for something to help. I found this online and signed up. Just a little motivation goes a long way. For example, there are days when I think, “I really don’t want to get off the couch and go for a run. But if I do and log my miles, I might have a chance at winning something!” And it works! I’ve ran or walked nearly every day for a month, and it’s made a difference in my health. And the people who send you encouragement really helps too. Thanks Mark for hosting this! I’m going to sign my wife and some friends up for the next one! Keep up the good work.
— Ken

Activity From January's Participants

I Challenge You ...

I want to challenge you to throw long distances, fancy running gear and fast paces out the window.

1 month.  

5 runs of 5-minutes (or more) per week.

Are you in?


How do I participate?  Complete at least five, 5-minute workouts per week (max one workout per day) from April 1st through April 30th.  Each workout must be recorded or entered in our None to Run Club on Strava.

Which activities count?  Any run or run/walk recorded through the Strava app.

How long does the challenge last?  Workouts must be recorded during the month of January.


To be announced soon!


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