Broccoli City Fest 5K – Sustainable Living Meets Sustainable Fun

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On Sunday April 24th, I hit the snooze button early for my first race since my half marathon earlier this month: the Broccoli City Festival 5K.

The Broccoli City Festival is an annual event that features a concert and festival activities centered around environmental sustainability and healthy living. The festival, usually held around Earth Day, includes an all-day concert lineup, vendors, food and more. There is also a day of volunteering and community service attached, and the annual 5K race.

broccoli city fest 5k bib ratherbeeatingThe 5K race is put on in partnership with my friends at District Running Collective, a super cool D.C. fitness cohort of awesome people. This year, the group decided to hold the race a week early, so that there would be even more time for activities afterwards. The race began at Anacostia Skate Pavilion and we ran along the Anacostia Waterfront and back. It was my first time running there and it was a gorgeous view!

In addition to the race itself, there were group clinics on boxing, crossfit, hula hooping and yoga, led by local fitness professionals Marcus Taylor of Crossfit Petworth, Shavaun Hairston of ZouZou Hoop, Justin Rice-Moore of Urban Boxing, and Brandon Copeland of Khepera Wellness Yoga Studio.I took part in the boxing clinic, and after 3.1 miles, Justin’s no-nonsense workout of punches, squats, burpees and mountain climbers was KILLER. I also participated in the closing yoga session, and Brandon’s simple instructions and calm demeanor made for a great end to the activities.


The organizers of Broccoli City care about motivating people to get involved with their on health and caring about the world around them. They also want to show that this can be synonymous with FUN. “BCF is committed to using its platform to engage and activate over 20,000 urban millennials from around the world on healthy eating and environmental sustainability,” said co-founder Brandon McEachern.

The 2016 Broccoli City Fest takes place this Saturday April 29, and features popular acts Future, Jhené Aiko, The Internet, Anderson .Paak and more. Because it is always an awesome time, this year’s tickets are already sold out.

Check out all of the fun and healthy love in the event video:

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