Weekend Top Five!


1. Race Today 5K

Sunday, August 2

Target Field

Run with us to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Join Glen, Alisha and the Minnesota Twins players for a great race where everyone finishes on Target Field!


2. Tour de Save

Saturday, August 1

Riverside Park, Northfield

Join the Cannon Valley Velo Club for the annual 12th Tour de SAVE bike ride through the beautiful country side surrounding Northfield, MN. There are several routes available for everyone. Choose from one of four ride distances. The 10-mile route is perfect for the casual rider and families, the 25-mile route will offer a bit more distance, while the 62-mile route will offer challenging hills and beautiful vistas and the gravel road ride offers a challenging option to the road. SAVE’s mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma, and serve as a resource for those touched by suicide.



3. Big Brothers/ Big Sisters 5k

Saturday, August 1

Fort Snelling, Saint Paul

Throw on your sneakers and run/walk for a great cause on Saturday, August 1st at picturesque Fort Snelling Park! Enjoy the views and natural beauty, all while getting in a bit of exercise. The 5K will start at 9:30 a.m., with check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m. The race will end in the same location as the Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Picnic, and all 5K participants are invited to stay and enjoy free food and games!


4. Chocolate Frolic 10k

Saturday, August 1

Appleton, WI

Love chocolate? This run is for you! The Chocoholic Frolic 5k/10k is coming to Appleton, Wisconsin and it’s fun for all! Are you competitive? The 5k and 10k are chip timed and you will be rewarded with chocolate at the finish line. Just want to take your sweet time? Run, jog, or walk your way through these courses and enjoy two chocolate stops along the way from VandeWalle’s Candies! At the finish line you will be greeted with melted chocolate with treats for dipping and Rebecca’s Sweets Boutique will be providing double chocolate cupcakes at the finish line! Each participant will receive a pullover hoodie, race tote, and a Chocoholic Frolic Finisher Bar.


5. Como Park Cross Country Relay

Saturday, August 1

Como Park, Saint Paul

This series of races (which began in 1974) are a great way to get in shape and improve your fitness. All level of runners are encouraged to compete and have fun. If you do not have a partner, just show up early and we will find you one. Help make the 2015 relays the biggest and best ever!



Weekend Round Up, Top Five Places to Pedal

bike trail

It’s all about the bike, and pedals


Food truck on a Bike Trail = Fantastic Idea! Grand opening celebration of Gateway Trailside in Stillwater on the Gateway-Brown’s Creek Trail Association. Saturday, July 25 11-7pm. Bike, roller blade, or ride your horse to this secret spot along the bike trail! Near Hwy 96 and Lansing Ave by Stillwater Oaks Golf Course.



Ride Like a Girl Cycling is hosting a women’s only gravel ride that is a great opportunity for gravel veterans and newbies alike.  The Dirty Girl Adventure Gravel Ride takes place on Sunday, August 23rd where it will start and finish at the House of Coates in Coates. This free ride is a 30 mile trip that will take riders on a variety of surfaces including gravel, sand, dirt, mud and pavement through some beautiful countryside.


Minneapolis, Historic Fort Snelling to Minnehaha Falls  Before your ride, explore the 1820s military outpost, then make your way to beautiful Minnehaha Park. Enjoy your accomplishment by listening to a concert in the bandshell and soaking in the majestic Minnehaha Falls.

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The Root River & Harmony-Preston Valley State Trail system, located in the Southeast “toe” of MN, offers 60 miles of outstanding views of soaring limestone bluffs and Fillmore County’s rural landscape. Wildlife is abundant and sightings of wild turkey, deer, hawks, bald eagles and turkey vultures are common. Built on abandoned railroad grade, the Root River Bike Trail is level for more than 27 of the 60 miles. Lanesboro is an excellent starting point from which to experience the trail by biking or in-line skating. You can select your preferred Bike Trail Package and discover the extraordinary, unspoiled beauty of bluff country!


Pick your own adventure


Weekend Top 5! July 17-19


1. The Color Dash

Saturday, July 18, Saint Louis Park


Serious family fun alert! Curious about a family 5k? This is a great one to start with. Pretty, dirty fun. And – the group organizers have donated back over million dollars since inception.

2. The Iron Cowboy

Saturday, July 18, Waconia


Get inspired! Cheer on the Iron Cowboy.

Who is The IronCowboy and What Is 50-50-50?“ I am an athlete.  I am a husband.  I am a proud father of four daughters and a son.  I compete in endurance races and Ironman Triathlons.  Currently I hold two world record in 70.3 and 140.6 triathlon racing.  I am not satisfied.  What’s next?  The seemingly Impossible…..” 50 Ironman courses, 50 consecutive days, through all 50 States.

3. Conquer Your Mountain Bike

Times Vary, Iron Range


Avid mountain bikers are buzzing about the state-of-the-art network of mountain bike trails at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area at Crosby, near the Brainerd Lakes area. This 22-mile trail network winds through a landscape created by 70 years of iron ore mining. This man-made terrain consists of old mining pits and tall piles of ruddy rock excavated from the pits. Nature is working on reclaiming the area: water has filled the pits and turned them into 15 deep lakes, and trees and shrubs have taken root on the rugged landscape. As it turns out, it’s a landscape perfect for crafting a maze of trails to conquer by bike.

4. Glow Run

TONIGHT! Thursday, July 16, Hastings


This is the 2nd Annual Glow Run for the kickoff to Hastings Rivertown Days.  This family fun event takes place at the Hastings YMCA where we will have glow paint, obstacle course, a GA-GA pit, arts & crafts, and ice cream from Schoolhouse Scoop.  Of course the race will be in there too!  We have a 2k family fun run as well as an 8K race as well.

Dress to glow and enjoy this super fun family event where all the proceeds will benefit the Hastings YMCA Annual Campaign… by making youth development, healthy living and social responsibility in our community more affordable.

5. Free Yoga in the Park

Saturday, July 18, Stillwater


As a part of a long list of fun activities for Stillwater Log Jam days – join a few hundred of your closest friends for free yoga in the park. In Lowell Park – Presented by Studio One Yoga & Massage. All levels welcome!

This Weekend and Beyond (July 10-12)

Tri Not?

Saturday, July 11 – Minneapolis

Get Inspired and cheer on the tri-athletes at the Life Time Tri Minneapolis. This exciting event takes place in the heart of the Twin Cities, Minnesota’s own urban oasis. Take a peek at the 2015 Schedule of Events, download course maps and explore one of the other options below to get yourself set and ready for race weekend!


Run for Beer!

Saturday, July 11 — Minneapolis

Join the Lager Jogger (Part 2 of the Brewery Running Series) this Saturday at the Craft Bar & Lounge in the Convention Center.  Enjoy a fun run, followed by craft brew and a goodie bag!


Get Carried by your Man – in the Wife Carry.

Saturday, July 11 – Menahga

The origin of the Wife Carry comes from a Finnish legend of Rovo-Ronkainen, who, apparently, liked to snatch women from villages and run away with them through the woods and streams of Finland and no one could catch him. Being prized for his physical prowess (if questionable morals) the great Finnish people decided to make the Wife Carry Competition as a way to demonstrate their own physical abilities to their prospective mates. One of the first winners of the competitions of old was St. Urho… More who carried his wife Seneca through hill and dale to “show the boys how it was done”. The St Urho (St Urho, patron saint of Finland) wife carry challenge will be held in Menahga MN July 11, 1pm 2015 and is the SUASA sanctioned US final. Pre-registration required, limited to 50 teams. Teams designate their local charity it will be recognized at the event and more. Other events also going on during the Menagha Midsummer celebration this day. Come for the race and stay for the parade, fireworks and more!


Ride, Sally Ride.

Sunday, July 12 – Minneapolis The Urban Assault Ride™ combines the best parts of a bike race, adventure race, obstacle course, and a back yard party. Here’s how it works: You and your teammate will set out on a city-wide quest for ‘checkpoints’ on your favorite two-wheeled steeds. At each checkpoint, you’ll drop your bikes and complete a funky/adventurous obstacle course, then remount your bikes and hit the streets for more. The goal is to complete all the checkpoints in the shortest amount of time. You choose your own… More route and checkpoint order. This means that the most clever are often the victors. Of course, it may also help if you can pull a mean big-wheel power-slide and fly across an inflatable slip-n-slide. After your pedal-powered adventure, your team will cross the finish line and enter a massive celebration of bikes and beer. The after party is just as much fun as the ride itself, thanks to the craziest raffle prize contest you’ll ever experience.


Plan your Workout for Thursday for the Rest of the Summer

The YWCA of Minneapolis is taking classes outside in Peavey Plaza all summer long. Join Gianna for Insanity every Thursday from 12:10-1 pm. Free outdoor YWCA for members and non-members so bring your friends!


Five Ways to Get Wet this Holiday Weekend

jetpack 1. Learn to Fly – Jetpack Midwest

Times Vary – Lindstrom, MN

Channel your inner George Jetson and hover over the water at Minnesota’s latest adventure. Here’s what’s included in our flight packages:

  • 15 – 60 minutes of flight time based on your selected flight package • Real time communication with flight instructor via walkie talkie helmet • Remote throttle control by certified instructor • Life vest and walkie talkie helmets are included in all of our flight packages • Wetsuits are available to rent for $10 or you can bring our own • Guest and first time pilots are encouraged to come watch prior flights


2. Stand Up Paddle Clinic

Studio One Yoga and Browndog Paddle -Times Vary

On beautiful Square Lake with a special Stand Up Paddleboard skills clinic and SUP Yoga practice. All levels welcome! We will cover basic paddle technique that will enhance the skills of beginners and seasoned paddlers alike. We will warm up with paddle practice and drills then anchor down for a flowing yoga practice that is both challenging and relaxing enjoying quality weekend time on the water. All equipment and instruction is provided by Brown Dog Paddleboard Co. http://browndogpaddleboard.com/

3. Wind Sports – Kite Sailing

Times Vary – White Bear Lake, MN


Embrace a windy day with a smooth Kiteboard excursion across White Bear Lake, how cool is that?

4. Paddletap – yep, water, paddling & beer.

Times Vary – Lake Minnetonka, MN


Enjoy the 1.5-2 hour tour with 13 of your best friends and family. The pickup and drop off for this tour is at Lord Fletchers in Spring Park, MN. The tour will consist of “paddling around” Lake Minnetonka on the West Arm, Seaton Channel, Forest Lake and Crystal Bay area. You will have a variety of stunning views of the lake and various boats that pass you by.  This tour will take you down Lake Minnetonka’s “main highway”.   The PaddleTap will come equipped with a large canopy, navigation lights, adjustable seats for paddling, a large comfortable bench, bluetooth stereo speakers that connects to your phone, and coolers fully stocked with ice. You are more than welcome to bring your favorite beverage (no hard liquor) that is purchased at Lord Fletchers only.  (They have off sale liquor for sale at the bar)

5. Date Day – Rent a Double Kayak

Times Vary – Lake Calhoun, MN


Lake Calhoun is the largest lake in Minneapolis.  It joins the Lake of the Isles through a long channel and is the biggest lake of five that make up the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Surrounded by city park land and circled by bike and walking trails, it is popular for many outdoor activities like canoeing, fishing, wind surging, swimming, sailing, and of course, biking. Wheel Fun Rentals provides the perfect water ride – take a captivating journey around Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. This ride is one of the best kept secrets in the Twin Cities. Enjoy arched bridges, canopies of trees, and the Twin Cities skyline.

Have a safe and fabulous holiday! The Wellness Project