, America's Largest Weight Loss Site, Announces Virtual 5K Race and 5K Training Programs

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The free Spark into Spring Virtual 5K, hosted by America's largest weight loss website,, marks the introduction of SparkPeople's new, free 5K training programs and is open to participants of all fitness levels through April 16., America's largest weight loss website, announced that its largest-ever virtual race, the Spark Into Spring Virtual 5K, has already attracted over 6,000 people and is open to additional participants through its conclusion on Saturday, April 16.

SparkPeople's virtual races enable walkers and runners who can't afford to join an organized race, don't have any happening near them, or are simply unable to participate in one, to compete against themselves—and other participants—any week of the year. Participants simply map out their own route, complete their race, then post their results online.

The Spark Into Spring Virtual 5K celebrates the introduction of SparkPeople's new "5K Your Way" training programs, which include four different training plans to help aspiring 5K runners or walkers prepare for a race, regardless of their current fitness level. The training programs provide weekly training emails, interactive training calendars to track workouts, and support from other participants following the same plan.

All entrants in the Spark into Spring event will receive a printable PDF certificate for participating. SparkPeople will conduct a random drawing of all eligible participants who complete a race and enter their time on the Virtual Race page for the Virtual 5K . Prizes include:

  •     One randomly selected participant will receive a $100 gift certificate to to buy new workout shoes
  •     10 randomly selected participants will receive a SparkPeople T-shirt

"Training to walk or run a 5K is a great goal for people at any fitness level," said Nicole Nichols, Personal Trainer at, who helped create the 5K Your Way program. "Our simple, fun five-week training programs are ideal tools to help aspiring participants prepare for a race and improve their health along the way. We think the Spark Into Spring Virtual 5K is a terrific way to introduce those programs. We're delighted that more than 6,000 participants have signed up and we welcome all racers through Saturday."

When you enter the Spark Into Spring Virtual 5K or join one of our 5K training programs and are not a SparkPeople member, you will prompted to register for free and enjoy free access to all the tools, content and community that have made SparkPeople America's largest weight-loss website.

Bruce Corwin
Phone: 610-346-9627    
Mobile: 484-553-3951    

Headquartered in Cincinnati, is a multi-platform media and technology company with a network of leading health, fitness and food websites. Its mission is to spark millions of people to reach their goals. SparkPeople is employee-owned, with one outside minority investor, AOL Founder Steve Case. According to comScore, was America's most visited and active weight-loss website in 2010. With 26 employees and over 10 million members in more than 100 countries, SparkPeople, which is free to join, averaged 121 million page views, 4.8 million unique visitors and 13.1 million visits monthly in 2010, according to Google Analytics. SparkPeople's websites, including,,,,, and, are attracting more than 200,000 new members a month. Its mobile platforms for the iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry are being downloaded at the rate of 8,000 people per day. SparkPeople's Founder and CEO Chris Downie's book, The Spark, was a New York Times bestseller in 2010 and was released in paperback in December 2010.


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