Don’t look now but spring is finally here. As the calendar turns to April and the weather warms up, you’ll find a lot more great health and fitness events throughout the Treasure Valley. It’s kind of like a reward for those dreary months of indoor exercise and the winter blahs. There are plenty of great fitness events to choose from in April, and even more on the way in the coming months. Take a look at the ways you can stay active in April.
YMCA Spring Sprint Triathlon April 6 and 7 This two-day event includes fray swim on the 6th and bike run the 7th. Beginners welcome. Adults will swim 750 yards, bike 12.5 miles, and run a 5K (3.1 miles). Youth 17 and younger will swim 200 yards, bike for 5 miles, and run 1 mile. Participants can choose from three YMCA locations: Downtown, West, or Caldwell. For more information, click on this link.
Beat Coach Pete 5K April 7 This run/walk held at Boise State benefits the General Scholarship Fund for Boise State students. For every racer that “beats Coach Pete,” BSU football coach Chris Petersen will donate $5 to the scholarship fund. Last year, they raised $40,000. Starts at the Student Rec Center Plaza, meanders along the Greenbelt, and then ends at Bronco Stadium. For more information, click on this link.
High Speed Pursuit Half Marathon and more April 7 Held at the Idaho State Correctional Institution, this race used to be held in October, but has been moved to April. Four events to choose from: Half marathon, 10K run, 5K run, and 5K walk. The Boise Healthy Living Examiner did this course last year and it’s challenging, but it’s all for a great cause, the Idaho Peace Officers Memorial Fund. For more information, click on this link.
Throwdown of Idaho Free Community Krav Maga Self Defense Seminar April 7 Ladies, one of the best gifts you can ever give yourself is the gift of empowerment. This free self-defense seminar teaches you how to defend yourself against various chokes, grabs, and holds. This is the real deal. The session includes realistic training drills, including fighting on the ground, with skilled instructors. Plus, it’s a great workout. Do not miss this opportunity to build your confidence and empower yourself to face a potential attacker. For more information, click on this link.
Race to Robie Creek Half Marathon April 21 Starting at high noon, this event, billed as the Toughest Race in the Northwest lives up to its name. And then some. If you were one of the lucky ones to get in on registration for the 35th annual event, now’s your chance to shine. Held at Ft. Boise Park. For more information, click on this link.
Timberline Wolf Pack Fun Run April 21 Aww, didn’t get in to Robie? That’s OK. There’s not much information yet, but it looks like there’s a 1 mile kids’ run at 8:30 a.m. and a 5K at 9 a.m. Held at Timberline High School, 701 E. Boise Ave. For more information, click on this link.
West Valley 10K/5K Run/Walk for Arthritis April 28 Go “jogging for joints.” Race begins at West Valley Medical Center, in Caldwell, at 10 a.m., and winds along Fairview Golf Course, College of Idaho, and Indian Creek. Proceeds benefit Caldwell Family YMCA’s joint health-related programs. For more information, click on this link.
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Which healthy events will you be participating in this April?
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