Published: July 25, 2017

Summer’s here, and that means it’s time to get outdoors and have some fun.

Do just that at Be Colorado and CU Health Plan’s annual Feel the Heat, Move Your Feet 5K on Saturday, Aug. 5, at City Park in Denver. The race is open to CU Health Plan members and their family members (including furry friends), offering them a way to get outside, get active and achieve their best selves. 

If you go

Who: CU Health Plan members, families
What: Feel the Heat, Move Your Feet 5K
When: Saturday, Aug. 5, 8 to 11 a.m.
Where: City Park, Denver
RSVP: Available online and day of

What to expect

The day begins at 8 a.m. with a 100-meter dash for the kids, kicking off the main event. Before the race begins, timing bibs will be available. Registration is available the day of the event. The top male and female finishers will receive a prize. All experience and fitness levels are welcome whether or not you choose to compete.

While on the course, CU Health Plan primary members can track and earn money with Be Colorado's Move. program. Steps taken during the race can be logged through the Move. app and count as a workout toward a $25 bonus in next month’s paycheck, just for staying active 12 times a month. The Move. Program runs throughout the year, so racers can continue to track physical activity to stay fit.

Booths located after the finish line will offer ideas to improve overall health, along with some swag. Last year’s booths included Be Colorado, UCHealth, the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Anthem, Kaiser and Delta Dental of Colorado.

Prepare for the race

Not sure how to train for a 5K? Jessica Parton, a physical therapist at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, suggests taking a brisk walk or completing running drills before every run to prevent injury. Then, a few post-run stretches and strength training in between runs can improve your movement patterns and increase running performance.

2016 participants warm up for 5K race

Participants warm up for 2016 race | Photos courtesy of CU Connections

“Placing excess demands on your body before it has a chance to adapt—by skipping stretches or neglecting strength training—can increase your risk for injury,” Parton said.

All fitness and experience levels are welcome at the race. Whether you take a light jog or compete for top prizes, it is important to warm up and cool down as part of your safe exercise routine.

Health for you, your family and your community

There is no registration fee, and when participants register online they have the option to donate to one of three charities: American Heart Association, American Lung Association or American Diabetes Association. By attending the race and donating, CU Health Plan members and their families meet personal wellness goals while promoting healthy lifestyles to their community. 

For additional details on the Feel the Heat & Move Your Feet 5K, including course maps and parking instructions, visit the Be Colorado website.