Man fulfills goal of running 5K at all 19 Metro Parks

WBNS 10TV
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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The final fourth quarter of 2019 is nearing, which means many will look to their yearly goals to see where they stand.

10TV caught up with one local man who combined his love for the Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks with his love for running to meet a goal of his own.

“I don’t wanna be 20 years down the road and confined to a couch or a chair,” Jeffrey King said. “I wanna be able to be out and be active and enjoy my life.”

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So, getting out is exactly what King did through a challenge he created for himself.

“I like to find something to challenge myself in the fitness area every summer and so, this year, is what I call the Metro Parks 100K,” he said.

King explained to 10TV that he decided to run a 5K, which adds up to 3.1 miles, at all 19 Metro Parks — doubling up at one — to round up to 100.

“Love our parks,” he said. “It’s where I’ve run for a number of years and so it was just nice to be able to tie something that I love to do with the running into some place I love to be, which is the Metro Parks.”

The differences between the parks themselves created a challenge of its own, King said.

“The challenge of knowing that some of the courses are pretty difficult; they have a lot of elevation change, a lot of hills to run and hills are never fun to run but they are a challenge,” he said.

Along with the differences in terrain and view, King said there were a few surprises along the way that also kept things interesting, like a 5’ snake he ran around at Blacklick Woods.

But whether it involves running or not, King says it only takes one step to achieve a goal.

“Get off the couch, whether you’re gonna think you’re gonna train for a longer race or whether you just wanna walk around the block,” he said. “Just do something.”

It isn’t too late to set a goal and make it before 2020.

See the maps below that depict King’s 5k routes at the Metro Parks, or click here for more inspiration.

Sharon Woods Metro Park
Sharon Woods Metro Park

Three Creeks Metro Park
Three Creeks Metro Park

Scioto Grove Metro Park
Scioto Grove Metro Park

Blacklick Woods Metro Park
Blacklick Woods Metro Park

Homestead Metro Park
Homestead Metro Park

Slate Run Metro Park
Slate Run Metro Park

Walnut Woods Metro Park
Walnut Woods Metro Park

Pickerington Ponds Metro Park
Pickerington Ponds Metro Park

Glacier Ridge Metro Park
Glacier Ridge Metro Park

Scioto Audubon Metro Park
Scioto Audubon Metro Park

Rocky Fork Metro Park
Rocky Fork Metro Park

Inniswood Metro Gardens
Inniswood Metro Gardens

Darby Creek Metro Park
Darby Creek Metro Park (I)

Blendon Woods Metro Park
Blendon Woods Metro Park

Clear Creek Metro Park
Clear Creek Metro Park

Chestnut Ridge Metro Park
Chestnut Ridge Metro Park

Darby Creek Metro Park (2)
Darby Creek Metro Park (2)

Prairie Oaks Metro Park
Prairie Oaks Metro Park

Heritage Trail Metro Park
Heritage Trail Metro Park

Highbanks Metro Park (2)
Highbanks Metro Park (2)