Weekend Getaway for Jan. 8


WHAT: The Saturday 5K series is a weekly free race staged by Tacoma Runners at Point Defiance Park. Organizers hope the event will inspire more people to run, and say the races are for everybody. They just ask you that you try to finish in less than an hour.

WHEN: Saturday mornings at 8.

WHERE: Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma.

GETTING THERE: From state Route 16, take the Pearl Street exit and follow Pearl Street north to the park.

COST: Free, but participants must register at the group’s website before the race and bring their assigned bar code to the finish line.

START: Check the website for the weekly race location, but most runs start at the Five Mile Drive gate that keeps the road closed to vehicle traffic Saturday mornings.

ALSO: Organizers say the idea for the free races came from participating in free community races in London. Because many 5K races cost $30 or more, organizers believe the cost deters some from running. The Saturday races are low-key compared with many pay-to-run races — no tents, no inflatable finish line arch, no water stations, no trophies. Just running and, according to the event website, a supportive atmosphere.

Information: tacomarunners.com.