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Treasure Valley fitness events for April 2014

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Well, hello sunshine. Sure, there’s still skiing to be had, but now that spring is finally here, it will soon be time for more outdoor fitness events that don’t involve snow. So get ready to lace up those shoes, stretch your legs, burn a few calories, and help out a good cause or two along the way. Here’s a list to help you plan.

Friday, April 4

Spring Sprint Triathlon Have you ever thought about competing in a triathlon, but weren’t sure you could do it? Now’s your chance. The YMCA offers this race for beginners and seasoned athletes alike. You can choose from a short or long course, and start times vary by location. (Downtown, West, and Caldwell locations) To see a full schedule and more information, click on this link.

Saturday, April 5

Meridian United’s Fountain of Youth 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run Taking place at The Village at Meridian and Julius M. Kleiner Park, this event is geared toward youth and raises funds for the Meridian United Soccer Club. For more information, click on this link.

Bandit Breakout Half Marathon This annual event, formerly known as the High Speed Pursuit, takes place on the prison grounds and has 5K, and 10K options. The Boise Healthy Living Examiner has done this race and can tell you from experience that it’s like no other. And be prepared—because it’s on prison grounds, there’s no starter pistol. Instead, they sound the Prison Alarm, and it’s loud. So if you’ve got little kids, bring ear plugs. There are demonstrations and a crop duster flyover, too. For more information, click on this link.

Saturday, April 19

Race to Robie Creek It’s the Treasure Valley race that needs no introduction. Billed as the Toughest Race in the Northwest, Robie is a beast. This 37th annual event’s theme is Killer Queen. Sounds about right. For more information, click on this link.

West Valley Annual 5K/10K If you’re in Caldwell, this race at the West Valley YMCA has a 5K or 10K option, and there’s a post-race potato party, sponsored by Simplot. For more information, click on this link.

Saturday, April 26

Fight for Air CLIMB 2014 Road race not your thing? Want to raise funds for a good cause and get a great workout? At the Fight for Air Climb, you’ll climb from 32 to 128 flights of stairs in the U.S. Bank Building in downtown Boise, all to fight lung disease. You’ll need to raise a minimum of $100 to participate. For more information, click on this link.

Race for Hearts 5K and Kids Fun Run Proceeds from this 2nd annual event benefit the Jayden DeLuca Foundation, helping children with cardiac disease. In addition to the 5K run or walk, there’s a kids’ fun run, bbq, beer garden, bounce houses, and more. For more information, click on this link.

The Dam Run This beautiful scenic run begins at Black Canyon Dam in Emmett and ends near the top of Squaw Butte. The 3.6 mile course is mostly uphill, so be prepared to sweat it out. For more information, click on this link.

Superhero 5K Run and Walk Benefiting Idaho children with cancer and supporting Camp Rainbow Gold, this race is your chance to be a superhero. It’s a 5K run or walk, with a 1 mile option for those who prefer a shorter distance, taking place along the Boise River Greenbelt. For more information, click on this link.