How can it be almost September already? Wasn’t it just Memorial Day? Well, with kids back in school, and Labor Day coming up soon, it’s time to admit that summer is (almost) over. But don’t worry. There are still plenty of ways for you to get your fitness on in the Treasure Valley next month. In fact, there are some great events for the whole family. And lots of them benefit some great causes. Whether you want to walk, run, swim, bike, or climb, you’ll find something to do. So check out the list, get out your calendar, and start making some plans.
Purple Stride Boise Raising awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer, Purple Stride Boise takes place in Ann Morrison Park. Head to the Old Timer’s Shelter for this family-friendly 5K run/walk. For more information, click on this link.
Air Force Appreciation 5-Miler and 3-Mile Walk This is the 20th annual event. Show your support for the men and women who serve our country in the Air Force. Held at Carl Miller Park, in Mountain Home. For more information, click on this link.
Run Fido Run This doggie dash is a 5K run/walk for you and your four-legged friend. The course is a loop through Eagle Island State Park. Proceeds benefit local animal welfare organizations. For more information, click on this link.
Table Rock Challenge Is a 5K a little too easy for you? If a 4.5 mile run, or walk, up Shaw Mountain and Table Rock roads, to Table Rock Bluff and back is more your style, check out this event. For more information, click on this link.
Gridiron Gauntlet Here’s a fun, challenging event for the whole family. It’s a 5K obstacle fun run, with a 1-mile option for kids. Taking place in Meridian’s Bridge Tower neighborhood, you’ll encounter hay bale hurdles, a balance beam, tire run, hula hoop flip, and more. The course starts at Gridiron Rehab and Athletic Fitness. For more information, click on this link.
YMCA Hidden Springs Youth Triathlon and Fun Run These events are for youths who would like to experience a triathlon or fun run. There are two courses. For ages 12 and under, there’s a 150 yard swim, 5K bike, and 1K run. For youth ages 13 and older, there’s a 300 yard swim, 10K bike, and 2K run. For more information, click on this link.
YMCA Hidden Springs Duathlon This event has a short road course (2.5K run, 10K bike, 2.5K run), a long road course (5K run, 20K bike, 5K run), and a mountain bike course (2.5K run, 9K bike, 2.5K run). For more information, click on this link.
Jordan’s Ride This cycling event honors the memory of Jordan Zappia, who succumbed to Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) at 16 months old. Distances include 10, 30, 50, and 100 miles. For more information, click on this link.
FitOne 5K, 9K and Expo (Formerly the St. Luke’s Women’s Fitness Celebration) This long-standing Treasure Valley fitness tradition has a new name this year, but it’s still a great way to promote women’s health and fitness. The 5K course still winds through downtown Boise. The new 9K course takes place at the Old Idaho State Penitentiary. For more information, click on this link.
NAMI Walks This annual community walk for mental illness awareness is presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). There are several courses to choose from: 1K, 3K, or 5K. The walk begins at Albertson Corporate Headquarters, on Parkcenter. For more information, click on this link.
Talk it up:
How will you get moving in September?