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HeartMISnow Virtual 5K to benefit Michigan state parks

Tue, Jan  3, 2017 - By DNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has partnered with Epic Races to offer the inaugural HeartMISnow Virtual 5K. A portion of the proceeds will go back into Michigan state parks.

The HeartMISnow Virtual 5K is a great opportunity to get out in Michigan state parks, while helping raise funds for them at the same time. Participants choose where and when to complete their own 5K, as long as it's done outdoors. Participants receive a commemorative HeartMISnow finisher's medal as well as an event T-shirt.

"HeartMISnow is a great way to help meet health-minded resolutions in 2017," said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. "The event also gives people another reason to visit and recreate in Michigan's great outdoors, while increasing physical activity and helping to raise funds for the DNR. We thank Epic Races for bringing this opportunity to the DNR."

To participate in the HeartMISnow Virtual 5K, follow these steps:

  1. Register for this event at RunSignUp at www.epicraces.com/event/heartmisnow. The deadline to register is Feb. 28.
  2. Locate a state park, forest, trail or public land managed by the DNR (or, even a local trail or park). Participants can run, walk, hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski or take part any in non-motorized activity to meet the qualifications.
  3. Complete your HeartMISnow Virtual 5K anytime between now and Feb. 28.
  4. Visit the HeartMISnow Facebook event page and "join" the event. Upload a photo of your GPS tracker showing your mileage and time, share a selfie or post a comment telling us about it.
  5. Look for your finisher’s medal and T-shirt that will be mailed in March.

Share your experience on the 2017 HeartMISnow Virtual 5K Facebook page or get on Twitter or Instagram (@epicraces) using the hashtag #HeartMiSnow.

A Recreation Passport is needed for any vehicle entering a Michigan state park or recreation area.

HeartMISnow Virtual 5K medal

 

For more information, contact Epic Races at info@epicraces.com or 734-585-7101.