Your Weekend Top 5 for Sept 25-27


  1. Dave Ryan’s 5k & 10k For Special Olympics

Saturday, September 26

The 2015 Dave Ryan’s 5K & 10K will be held Sept. 26 at Boom Island Park, 724 Sibley St. NE, Minneapolis, MN. Registration starts at 7 a.m, the 10K begins at 9 a.m., and the 5K starts at 9:05 a.m.

This annual event is a fun, family-friendly 5K & 10K run/walk to support the more than 8,000 athletes of Special Olympics Minnesota.

2. Legends Tonka Trot 5k and 1 mile

Saturday, September 26

Legends 10K is being combined with Tonka Trot 5K in 2015. In addition, there is a Family 1.5 Mile Fun Run.  All races will start and end at Groveland Elementary School.  By combining races, the event will be bigger and stronger than ever.

3. Fall Harvest – Stock up on Healthy Fall Veggies

Saturday & Sunday – September 26 & 27

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend and the perfect time to visit the St. Paul Farmers’ Market.  We have a bounty of fresh local produce for all your canning and freezing needs. Thinking about making salsa…we have it all. Tomatoes, peppers, garlic, leeks and more. Melons, squash and pumpkins are a sure sign that fall has arrived.

Have you ever given any thought about purchasing an electric car?  We are hosting an electric car show at the market on Sunday, September 20th from 9am – 1pm.  Join us in learning about the ins and outs of electric cars.

4. Itascatur/ Headwaters 100 Bike Ride

Saturday, September 26

This includes a 45, 75 & 100 mile ride. The longer rides go through Itasca State Park and the 45 mile ride also goes north of Park Rapids. Food and beverage stops include restroom facilities and bike repair. SAG wagons patrol all routes with first aid/ repair supplies.

5. Warrior 196 Memorial 5K

Saturday, September 26

The Warrior 196 is a memorial 5k run to honor and remember the four graduates of Independent School District 196 who died while actively serving our country. Proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarships to students currently enrolled in Independent School District 196.


Five ways to get Outdoor and Explore


  1. Jay Cook State Park Walk

Saturday, September 19 – 9 am – Carlton, MN

Walk with family, friends and neighbors on trails throughout this beautiful state park. Two loops totaling 10km (6 miles) or walk whatever distance you are able. Non-competitive walk with rewards for any participant wishing one for a small fee. Registration site: Picnic area by River Inn Interpretive Center. Event times: Start any time after 9 a.m. and finish by 5:00 p.m. Trail marker removal will begin at 3:00 p.m.

2. Log Run 10 Mile and 5K

Saturday, September 19 – 8 am – Stillwater, MN

The last race of our 2015 season is right around the corner. The Freight House Stillwater Log Run is September 19. This race brings performance to a new level on a gently sloping decent through the beautiful St. Croix valley ending in scenic downtown Stillwater. On this site you’ll find all the information you need about this premier St. Croix Valley running event.

3. Joe’s Ski Swap and Sale

September 17-20

Stop by to deal hunt!

4. Guided Hike – Cascade Falls – Lake Superior

September 19, 10 am

Linking people with nature by footpath along Lake Superior’s North Shore.

2015 SHTA GUIDED HIKE PROGRAM: The 2015 SHTA Guided Hike Program offers hikes throughout the year on different sections of trail, Join a guided hike, experience different sections of the trail, and meet others who enjoy the sport of hiking!

5. Yoga at Aamodt’s Apple Farm – FREE!

Monday, September 21 – 6 pm – Stillwater, MN

Enjoy a beautiful evening on the lawn of an orchard, with Studio One Yoga and followed by Happy Hour. How can you miss this?

5 Simple Ways to Embrace the School Year


  1. Get enough sleep.

The benefits of enough sleep range from improved overall health to clarity in thinking. Tuck yourself in early at night.

2. Healthy Meal Plan.

The best planned Sunday makes for a great week. Take time to organize your food plan to keep healthy food in your path. Cooking Light made it easy with an entire month of food ideas.

3. Make time to sweat.

Make an appointment with yourself. Put sweat time on your calendar. Look for not so obvious ways to work out during your day – like running while the kids are at soccer practice. Work will thank you!

4. Pamper Yourself.

You don’t need to carve out a 8 hour spa day to pamper yourself (but if you can, go for it!). Take pleasure in the little things. Add lemon to your water, take a five minute stretch break, get a brow wax.

5. Hydrate.

Drink Enough Water. Period.

Labor Day Weekend – Fab 5

It’s one of the last weekends to get on the water.  So we’ve picked five workouts to make the most of our 10,000 lakes.

  1. SUP with Flow Fitness

Stand Up Paddling is helping people of all ages and sizes catch the surfer’s glide, and helping people in all walks of life get fit and healthy. Not only can you lower your blood pressure, lose weight, get stronger and feel more energized after a class, but the overall experience of being on the water and having a sport you enjoy and can do on a regular basis is priceless.

Classes on Friday, September 4th or Saturday, September 5th.

2 and 3. Canoe or Kayak

There are 30 designated water trails described on the DNR’s web site, which also reports current river levels and lists 42 places to rent boats on 15 rivers.  And 33 Minnesota state parks rent kayaks and/or canoes.

4. Paddleboard Yoga with Brown Dog Paddleboard Company

During the summer season we offer Outdoor Paddleboard Yoga classes.  We begin our session with Paddleboard Instruction, followed by a vigorous paddle across the lake where we anchor our boards for a guided Paddleboard Yoga practice. Class is suited to all levels of yogis ages 12 and up. Every class is unique as we allow nature to provide the backdrop and challenges.

SUP H2O Yoga Flow is currently being offered Saturdays 9:00am at Square Lake Park in Stillwater throughout the summer through Washington County Parks and Recreation.  Call here to register:  651-430-8200

5. Wakeboard.  Watersurf.  Waterski.

Classes available at Wake Tonka.  Or find a friend who can show you the ropes!