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?


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 Wellness Top Five


1. Midnight Sun Run

Friday, June 26

Duluth, MN

Come join us for the 10th annual Midnight Sun Midnight Run.  Ten years we have been running next to beautiful Lake Superior at Midnight, we hope you can join us for this unique and special event.   The race starts on Friday night, June 26th at Midnight.

2. Wipe Out Race

Saturday, June 27

Stillwater, MN

Crash, smash, and splash your way through a 5K course with larger-than-life obstacles and elements inspired by the hit TV show Wipeout! Take on the infamous Big Balls, Sweeper, Wrecking Balls, and Happy Endings! Hilarious thrills and magnificent spills await! This is an untimed event open to anyone 18 and up.

3. Coyote Games Outdoor Challenge

Saturday, June 27

Rochester, MN

The Coyote Games Obstacle Course is designed to test physical fitness and will be challenging. The 5K course will have an obstacle approximately every quarter mile. You can do the course at your own pace, this is not a timed race. You can just run the course and not do the obstacles. If you are not comfortable with an obstacle you may skip it, and most importantly do not attempt a water obstacle if you cannot swim.

4. Cystic Fibrosis Climb

Saturday, June 27

Target Field

Enjoy a baseball themed, fun-filled evening at beautiful Target Field, as we Climb the stadium in search of a cure for CF! The Minneapolis Summer CF Climb is a challenging and unique fitness event where participants will get to climb the stairs around Target Field in a test of endurance and time. Whether climbing to improve timing or to simply cross the finish line, this event is a great way to spend the day with co-workers, friends or family while “Adding Tomorrows” for people with cystic fibrosis. At the end of the climb, participants celebrate at the survivor party with delicious food and great entertainment.

5. Mind Body Fitness Conference

June 24-28, 2015


Join a long weekend of yoga training, wellness and health tips from national presenters.

Fabulous Friday – the last of 2014!

As the year wraps, here our some our favorite things from 2014.


Pole Barn Studio

The Pole Barn Studio in Downtown Stillwater offers unique women’s classes in Pole Fitness, Aerial Silks, Flex and Dance designed to provide a new way to get in shape.

Studio ME

Studio ME

This fitness studio located on Historic Saint Anthony Main in Northeast Minneapolis offers a variety of unique programs including: TRX Suspension Training, Bosu Balance training, Yoga, SHOCKWAVE, Indo-Row as well as small group and private training sessions.


barre hug

The Barre Studio

This fitness studio has locations in Wayzata and Edina.  The barre exercise class is a unique blend of pilates, yoga & strength training that utilizes a ballet barre for support and resistance, creating the most efficient, sustainable and comprehensive workout around.


Fabletics – First outfit is 50% off!

Kate Hudson’s workout wear delivered direct to your door.  Comfy, fashionable and wearable during a tough class.



Fabulous Friday is here again! Ideas for the Weekend


Our picks to keep you fierce, fit and fabulous this weekend.


Commit to your 2015 races now and score a free jacket!

Sign up for 4 of the following MN Running Series races to qualify:

  • Goldy’s Run 10 Mile Run
  • Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon Run
  • Lola’s Half Marathon Run
  • Minnesota Half Marathon Run
  • Turkey Trot 10K


Lace up your shoes and run the 2014 Dreidel Dash Sunday, December 14 5K, 10K & Maccabee Mini Mile


Take part in the Frozen Frolic Winter Mountain Bike Race Series

Dust off the bike and complete a 10.5-mile loop through trees and snow; then warm up at the trailhead for awards and door prizes. Studded tires approved. Helmets required. Registration begins at 10 AM; race starts at 11 AM


Biking and Caroling? Why Not?

Sing the holiday classics that we all love while pedaling the streets in downtown Stillwater.  Don’t miss out on this festive experience!


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Wednesday Workout Warrior – Meet Melissa Worm

Melissa Worm
Meet Melissa Worm. Instructor, Climber, Outdoor Enthusiast.
How did you get involved?
After my third daughter, I gave up my career as an Art Director. I loved being a mother of 3 young girls but felt my inner “me” was getting buried too deep with each potty training discussion. So, I thought back to my list of things I always wanted to try and decided to learn how to rock climb. I called Vertical Endeavors in St. Paul and took a basic safety class.
When did you start?
That was almost 10 years ago. For years I learned the technique of climbing and rope management. Eventually I started ice climbing and now I’m also enjoying the challenge of mountaineering.
How has it improved you life?
Climbing has opened so many doors…travel, people, safety skills, fitness and knots. I know lots of knots! Climbing takes a level of self control and concentration that I had never experienced. I have gained so much from pushing myself beyond what I had ever expected, it drives me to explore more.
Tips for someone interested:
One of the best gateways is to take the basic safety class. Once you are a competent belayer there are clubs and teams to join to find good partners. Another great opportunity for ice climbing is the free beginners clinic at the Sandstone Ice Climbing Festival. It’s held every December in Sandstone MN. This years it’s December 12-14.
Right now mountains are motivating me. There’s no way to explain why the peace and serenity paired with the physical and mental challenge of a mountain can be worth a years preparation. Well, there are the views! Yes, mountains are great to look up at but its priceless to experience the summit and look out for miles.
Favorite places to workout:
Stillwater stairs and hiking in the local parks…easy to get to and no schedules to work around.
Favorite body part:
I like my feet. They take me places.
Favorite food for fast energy:
Turkey sausage and egg on half English muffin and on a mountain climb it’s shortbread cookies!
Being well mean to you:
I look at it two ways, being well and living well. I see being well as the ability to step back and recognize your own areas of strength and weakness. Living well is making a decision to work towards maintaining strengths or changing weaknesses in both mental and physical areas.
Follow the Wellness Project on Facebook to get inspired by other Workout Warriors. If you have a passion you would like to share, or know someone who inspires you, drop us a note –

Fab Friday – There’s something for everyone

Here are our ideas to stay warm & well this weekend.


The Foodies on Foot tour gets you moving while you enjoy the best food in Stillwater.

On Saturday, you will experience a “behind the scenes” tour of some of the best restaurants and specialty shops Stillwater has to offer. A three plus hour relaxing stroll simply offers the best of Stillwater…one bite at a time!

Kick off the holiday season and enjoy the featured wines and ciders paired with holiday foods, at each of the wineries on the Trail!

Saturday & Sunday, November 8 – 9, 2014, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Support female-owned businesses this Friday at Maiden Minnesota.

The event will feature food and refreshments, as well as products and exclusive deals from more than 35 Minnesota “Maidens,” and it will help raise support for Project SUCCESS, an organization that helps students plan for their futures

Discover locally made natural toys.

Join Peapods Natural Toys, the Twin Cities’ favorite alternative baby and natural toy store, in celebrating Minnesota’s growing community of unique toymakers and toy designers. These earth-friendly toymakers all focus on classic open-ended toys that inspire creativity without batteries. Local toymakers in attendance: Beka, Mindware, Dundry Hill, Fairy Finery, SweetPea & Co., and YOXO.

Farrell’s Shoreview and Stillwater are partnering again with Lucy in Roseville! On Saturday is their birthday sale with 30% off the whole store and 40% off the Perfect Core line(our fave!). In addition, Farrell’s will be represented by some great women from 2pm to 4pm! Come and check out some great deals and really high quality active wear!


Gobble, gobble at the Chaska Turkey Trot 5K and Kid’s Run.

On Saturday, enjoy this family event organized by Chaska DECA students All proceeds benefit the MDA, Chaska Cross Country team, and Chaska DECA.–kids-run

Be A Doctor for a Day at the MN Children’s Museum

On Saturday, join UMN Minnesota’s Future Doctors and UMN Pharmacy School for this “Be a doctor for a day” event with pre-med students from the University of Minnesota’s Future Doctors group and Pharmacy students. Your budding scientists will be able to explore real medical tools and learn about keeping your body healthy during this fun hands-on event.

THIS SUNDAY – Wellness Project Takeover

Sunday, November 9 at 9 am -We will be taking over Studio ME Fitness in NE Minneapolis. Attendees will get to try SHOCKWAVE and TRX Training – plus checkout one of the coolest new boutique gyms in town. SPACE IS LIMITED – RSVP to