If you’re going to blow a hamstring, it ought to be for a great cause. Luckily, the Howard Community College (HCC) 5K Challenge is one of the best. Now in its third year, the “run, climb, crawl” race promotes wellness and raises scholarship money for HCC students, nearly half of whom rely on some sort of financial aid. The college works with key partners like the Columbia Association, according to Kari Ebeling, special events manager at HCC. The October event involves a 3.1-mile course outfitted with several feats-of strength activities, including a tire drill and medicine ball carry. Even so, weekend warriors are encouraged to join in. “People of all athletic abilities can participate — runners and walkers alike,” says Ebeling. “We want to encourage people to engage in healthy habits.” The Howard Community College 5K Challenge Race takes place October 30, 2016, at 8 a.m., on the HCC campus in Columbia. howardcc.edu.