Sisterhood Virtual 5K & 10K – Run The ‘Hood ’11

Run The 'Hood '11
On Saturday, October 22nd, we’ll lace up our shoes for another awesome Sisterhood Virtual Race!

This year,
we’ll all run our own race,
in our own place,
at our own pace!

Registration is now open, and we’ll begin the Couch to 5K and Couch to 10K programs this weekend! Yeah, we like to plunge in head first! It’s better to not over-think this type of thing.

Are you scratching your head and wondering what a Virtual 5K/10K is?

Run the ‘Hood is our 3rd annual virtual race at the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans. We have an amazing online community of women and men, and because we can’t all get together for the same race, in the same city, we race together -virtually.In 2009 and earlier this year, we trained and ran an awesome 5K virtually all over the country – with all of our Sisters (and Brothers!) We’re upping the ante in 2011 and adding a 10K and 1 mile kids fun run, so people of all ages and ability can join in. AND, this year, in order to make our Virtual 5k/10K feel even more like a real race, we have race t-shirts! Everyone LOVES a race t-shirt, right? And medals? Yep, we’ve got those, too.

Who can register for the race?

ANYONE. If you’re reading this post, you’re welcome to join our race. Walkers and runners alike! Even if you’ve never run in your life. You can also invite your mother, your brother, your neighbor, your cranky co-worker, your grandma, your kids, even your grandkids. This race is for people of every age and ability – even if you think you could never complete a 5K, trust me YOU can.

How do I register and what do I get?

We’ve made it crazy-simple for you to register for the Run The ‘Hood Virtual 5K/10K and 1 mile kids fun run! You can click here to be whisked away to our amazing Eventbrite registration page. Prepare yourself for the awesome. For the low, low price of $25 for adults and $18 for children, you will get a sweet race t-shirt, a bling-y finisher’s medal, and a great swag bag. This race may be virtual, but the benefits are so, so tangible!
Register for Run the 'Hood 2011 Virtual 5K/10K in Worldwide!  on Eventbrite

How do I run a virtual race?

You build your own race course, train for your race, and join all of your Sisters and Brothers Virtually on race day! It’s awesome to log your runs on Daily Mile, because your friends (and trust me, you’ll have lots of friends in this race!) can leave you love as you train!

You can use an online service like Daily Mile or Map My Run to map out your route, or just do it the old-fashioned way and jump in your car to measure out a 3.1 or 6.2 mi race course. It can be in your neighborhood, at a local park, even at the high school track. It’s totally up to you where your start and finish lines are!

Training Plans

Training starts this Saturday, August 20th! If you’re brand new, have never run before, and think OMG I don’t know if I can run for more than 1o seconds let alone 3.1 miles, you totally need to check out our How To Start Running Now series!

You can find the Couch to 5K running program through Cool Running here. The Couch to 5K  is a great program we’ve reviewed many times!

There’s also an awesome Couch to 10K training program from Cool Running! There’s a Beginner training plan, an Intermediate training plan, and an Advanced training plan!

Get Social

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We want to give everyone a chance to participate in Sisterhood Virtual 5K or 10K, so we’ve decided to put on a few contests!

Contest #1:  We are giving away a FREE REGISTRATION (or refund your registration, if you’ve already signed up!) to one lucky reader! You can enter up to twice daily, by simply tweeting and/or posting about the race on Facebook! Please use this link back to our post in your tweet/status:, and then make sure you come back here and leave a comment for each entry! This contest will run through Wednesday, August 31, at 11:59 p.m. A winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries and announced the following day.

Contest #2: We are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card AND refunding the race registration fee to the person who refers the most men/women/kids to the race! Get out there and start telling your friends, family, co-workers, and blog readers! Make sure you tell them to list your name in the “referred by” slot on the Eventbrite race registration form! This contest will run until race registration ends on September 22nd! The individual whose name is listed in the “referred by” space on the Eventbrite form the most times will win the prize. In the event of a tie, will be used as a tiebreaker. Winner will be announced the following week!

One Last Thing

For updates and more information, you can check our our Race Central page!



  • Adah

    I  love this idea. My hubby has been after me to get back into wogging with him in the morning and I’ve been dragging my heels. This is perfect to give me that push off the couch!  Thanks for the motivating challenges!

    • Christy_TheSistherhood

      Get off the couch, Adah!!! We’re so glad you’re going to join us :)

  • Amy T

    Just signed up (you’re lucky it’s pay day). I’m doing the 5k walk, but there will probably be some running mixed in. Can’t wait!! This is my first 5k ever.

    • Nancy

      That is awesome Amy.  Your 1st 5K!  Hooray!!

  • Anonymous

    This is so incredibly awesome – the sponsors and swag are COOL!!!  Seeing as this is only 6 days after my marathon, I will most likely be cheering you all on from the sidelines, but cheer loudly I will :)

    • Christy_TheSistherhood

      Your cheers are priceless!!! We love you, Bari :)

  • Anonymous

    Fun, Fun, Fun!! This is the weekend that we are scaling back on our walks and only doing 10 and 8 miles so this will certainly work in that schedule! Although I definitely WONT be running I will DEFINITELY be walking it! Y’all are the BESTEST!!

    • Christy_TheSistherhood

      So glad you can join us, Ann!!

  • Nancy

    I am so excited I can’t stand it.  I’ve signed up myself and one daughter.  Now I have to work on forming a big old team.

    • Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

      Yes! A big team would be fun!! Meet-ups all over the country!

  • Brooke F

    tweeted!  i’m going to have to wait until next month to sign up though, for budgetary reasons.

    • Christy_TheSistherhood


  • Laura P

    Tweeted about this!  I want to sign up.  I do.  I just need to wait until next month.  Darn budget!

    • Christy_TheSistherhood

      We’re so excited you’re going to join us, Laura!

      • Laura P

        I’ll admit I was on the fence about participating but I know I can do it.  Even if I end up walking part/most of it.  

        • Christy_TheSistherhood

          There is no shame in walking, girl. I take walk breaks when I run, and it really makes it easier to make it through!

  • Melissa Faris

    Just signed myself and D-Dub up!

  • Laura P

    I tweeted again.  (can you tell I *might* just want to win the entry fee? lol)

  • jeninRL

    I have no idea how to get you proof but I facebooked! 

  • Anonymous

    i just posted onto facebook.  I want to do the race but want to wait to see what happens at the podiatrists with my heel spur.  I should be able to walk it no matter what. 

  • Virginia G.

    Posted on FB.

  • Anonymous

    I tweeted this and have finished week 2 day of c25k. I’ll be signing up soon!!!

  • Anonymous

    I tweeted this and have finished week 2 day of c25k. I’ll be signing up soon!!!

    • Lissa_ShrinkingJeans

      Congrats! You are the winner of the FREE registration! I will send you a code to redeem shortly!

      • Anonymous

        I am so excited!!! Now to recruit a few new runners to join the race and run with me!