Berkley Parks & Recreation Encourages Participation in mParks Virtual 5K

Sign up today under “City of Berkley Parks and Recreation” for mParks Virtual 5K in the month of September 2021.

Media Contacts:  Theresa McArleton; Parks & Recreation Director;; 248-658-3479
Torri Mathes, Community Engagement Officer;; 248-658-3333 

Berkley, MI – September 14, 2021 – Berkley’s Parks and Recreation Department is encouraging participation in the mParks “Move So Everyone Can” Virtual 5K in the month of September 2021. 

The beauty of the Virtual 5K (3.1 miles) is that you can choose how to complete it - run, walk, skateboard, stand up paddleboard (SUP), bike, surf, handcycle, or swim. You also get to choose your location, your own race, go at your own pace, and time it yourself. If there’s another race you’re participating in during September, that race can also count as participation in this one. The only rule is that this Virtual 5K must be completed by Thursday, September 30, 2021. 

“Berkley has a variety of beautiful parks, a walkable downtown, and neighborhoods with sidewalks, all of which are great locations to complete this virtual 5K while you explore the City of Berkley and its amenities,” said Theresa McArleton, Parks and Recreation Director. “Another optional route is the Downtown Berkley Mural Bike Ride, recently launched by MoGo. On this 3.6-mile round-trip ride, you can explore the public art throughout Berkley’s downtown!”

While participants have the entire month of September to complete the Virtual 5K, the time to sign up is now.

By filling out a short form and paying $35 (plus a small processing fee), it’s very easy to sign up. Participant perks include a participation medal and a t-shirt (sweatshirt for those able to raise $250 or more). 

By partnering with mParks, the Parks and Recreation Department will receive half of the registration fees and all monies donated or raised by those who sign up to participate under “City of Berkley Parks & Recreation”. Those funds will go toward new picnic tables throughout the City parks. 

To sign up for this Virtual 5K, visit the event page here:

About the mParks Foundation
The mParks Foundation was established in 2002 to provide funding for accessible recreation and education. The goal of the Foundation is to make recreation available to all Michigan citizens, regardless of ability. To date, mParks Foundation has donated more than $3,000,000 to Michigan communities to build accessible playgrounds and waterparks. The Foundation has purchased handicapped accessible hunting blinds, made it possible for people in wheelchairs to get to the water when they are at the beach, and have paid for lifts for people to get in and out of boats at some of the State Parks.


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