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University of Oklahoma Rec Offers ‘Virtual’ 5K Series

Andy Berg

The University of Oklahoma’s Fit+Rec Center is hosting a series of virtual 5Ks through the center’s mobile app, with the aim of allowing members to connect through fitness during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Spring Virtual 5K Series is designed by the participant — meaning participants can run or walk in any available setting, while implementing social distancing.

According to the OU Daily, anyone with an OU or OU Health Sciences Center email address can participate by creating or logging into their OU Fit+Rec Center account on the app.

Results will be posted on the Fit+Rec website after each event.

“This is a great way to gauge improvement,” said Amy Davenport, OU’s director of fitness and recreation. “Events like the virtual runs help motivate people through goal setting ... and by seeing the times of other participants, we know we are not alone.” 

Despite restrictions, OU’s rec department is still trying to engage with its members to promote health and wellness.

“Fit+Rec is exploring and implementing ideas to keep our OU community involved in their wellness during this pandemic,” Davenport said. “We can't be together, but that doesn't mean we have to be alone — there's community in knowing that others are participating, too.”

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