Winter is Coming Virtual 5K

Winter is Coming 5K

If you watch Game of Thrones, you know that family can be a handful. And if  Thanksgiving with your family reminds you more of  the Starks, the Targaryens, the Lannisters or the Martells, you know two things: You’re going to eat a lot, and Winter is Coming and there’s not a person in the whole of Westeros who can stop it.

This isn’t your typical Turkey Trot, my friends.

What is a Virtual 5K?
Simply put, a virtual 5K is a race you do on your own time. You don’t need to get up early, you don’t need to do it on a weekend, you do it when it works for YOU. You decide your day and your time, you put on your shoes and you get first place!

When is it?
Registration is open now and I will continue taking registrations up until December 6th. Since this race is open to both Canadian and American runners, you can do your post Thanksgiving Turkey Trot any time from after Canadian Thanksgiving (October 12) to the week after US Thanksgiving.  So any time between October 12 and December 7 works for your run.

Do I have to run a whole 5K?
Absolutely not. You can run, you can walk, you can crawl,  you can Prancercize (see below). It’s all up to you. If you don’t have a GPS watch, you can always download the free Nike+ app, or Runkeeper and it’ll tell you when you’ve gone 5K, but if you’re walking steadily, you can usually knock it out in about an hour.

How do you know if I’ve actually run?
I’d love you to post a fun run photo to I Run on Water’s Facebook page, or to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #WinterIsComing5K. I’ll give a special prize to my favourite fun photo. You can also shoot me an email to let me know you’ve done it to info (at) irunonwater dot com

Why should I sign up for this Virtual 5K?
All the profits from the Winter is Coming Virtual 5K go to RODS (Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome). I’m currently committed to raising $1500 for RODS in my journey to run the Goofy Challenge this January and this Virtual Race one step in that journey.

RODS facebook

What do I get as a runner?
Aside from the great feeling you get knowing you’ve helped a child? You’ll get a printable race bib and a beautiful, shiny Game of Thrones themed medal featuring a snarling Direwolf honouring House Stark, on a black ribbon to represent the Men of the Night’s Watch.

medal proof

How much?
Only $25!! But be sure to enter fast, space is limited!

How do I enter?
Just enter your information below, and get ready to run like there’s a Wight Walker behind you.

Race Fee for Winter is Coming 5K

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Have any more questions? Hit me up! Also, share with your friends!


Our intrepid runners have begun to RUN! Don’t forget to take a photo!

Starting my #virtualrun the #winteriscoming5k #teamspinabifida #princessintraining

A photo posted by Emily (@emilyfrom1981) on


  1. Beth

    I am so doing this! I think I will do my 5K from the running deck of the Disney Magic, which we will board the Sunday after Thanksgiving!

  2. Beth Anderson

    That would be fun! It will be our first DCL cruise and we can’t wait! I had to adjust my Goofy training plan, though, so I didn’t have to do 18 miles on that outdoor track! :P

    1. tabethawells Post author

      Oof. No, that would be inhumane to try and run 18 miles on the track. Also, you might end up wearing away the deck and falling through!

  3. Jim S.

    Hi Tabetha, I just signed up for your race today. Cool medal with a Game of Thrones theme! Awesome!! When do they ship? You had a cool wolf medal last year too, right? Do you have any links to the picture of last year’s, and are they still available? I am a big fan of wolf stuff. Good luck with your fund raising!

    1. tabethawells Post author

      Hi Jim,

      This is actually the first race that I’ve organized, so if you saw one last year it was a different person (with a GREAT idea!).
      I just sent you your race bib, and what I’ve been doing is sending the medals when people let me know they’ve done the race either via email or a photo on social media using #WinterIsComing5K . If you need it earlier for some reason, I can send it.
      If people forget to let me know they’ve run, I’ll be mailing all the remaining medals at the conclusion of the ‘race’.

  4. Jim S.

    Hi Tabetha,
    You can mail it out now, as I am running the 5K at the end of next week (Nov 1). I live in the U.S., so it will take awhile to get here anyway.
    Thank you!

    1. tabethawells Post author

      Oh, that IS a cool medal! I knew I couldn’t have been the only person to think of such a *great* idea for a virtual race!

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