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Are you ready to run for a good cause? Join the Virtual Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5K through May 17 to help the Pediatric Resource Center in providing specialized medical care for abused and neglected children. In order to prioritize public safety, this year’s race will be held virtually – which means all you have to do is sign up, and then get out on your favorite trail and start logging your distance.

Here are some great places for your run (or walk).

Thunderbird Paseo Park

With nearly 4 miles of trail, this park is a perfect place to complete your 5K. It’s got beautiful, open spaces, long, quiet stretches, and views of local trees and plants. Lace up, head out, and enjoy the fresh air!

Skunk Creek Linear Park

This park’s 3.5 miles of trail connect with the Thunderbird Paseo Park trails – just zip right on over and enjoy the stunning landscaping and bird habitat along the trail. You can also bring your bike – yes, biking is allowed in this race!

White Tank Mountain Regional Park

Why not head out for an adventurous hike in nature to complete your 5K? Just a 30-minute drive will land you at this regional park, where you can explore nearly 30,000 acres of beautiful Arizona landscapes while getting your kilometers in. Be sure to bring lots of water and a pair of binoculars so you can get a closer look at local wildlife when you take a break.

Lookout Mountain

Head east and enjoy a hike or jog at Lookout Mountain. You’ll get a tougher workout by climbing the uphill trail and will be able to enjoy the incredible views of the city once you get to the top. The trails are just over 2 miles long, all with a “moderate/difficult” rating and elevation change of 100 feet. This is the perfect spot to complete your distance if you really want to get your heart rate up!

Thunderbird Conservation Park

If you want to soak in some of the most beautiful desert landscapes in the region, this is the place for you. With over 1,000 acres to explore, you’ll find trails of varying distances and difficulty levels.

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