September 27 Celebrate sisterhood at Women Run the Cities, one of ESPN’s top five races for women in the nation. Organizers say that this popular event—featuring 10-mile and 10K runs, a 5K run/walk and a girls’ 1-mile run—is great for experienced runners and newbies alike. The courses start and finish at gorgeous Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, and track along the Mississippi River. Register online; spots fill up quickly. Girls’ run open to ages 4–12. Prices vary by registration date and distance; $15–$70 and up.
Sports, Health & Wellness
Brad Robinson and author Linda Tedford will be signing copies of Brad’s just-released book, “The Price of Victory and the Fear of Innovation,” at Brightwater Clothing & Gear in downtown Excelsior on Saturday, June 6.
Hone your wellness know-how. An array of health screenings, educational opportunities, samples, giveaways, vendors and prizes will be available to boost your confidence (and immune system). No registration required. Free. 1–4 p.m. Plymouth Creek Center, 14800 34th Ave. N.; 763.509.5280; plymouthmn.gov.
Take a step towards better health. Community members of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged to join Dr. Elizabeth Plocher for a presentation and walk. This month’s topic is thumb arthritis, a common ailment that can make everyday tasks difficult and painful. Dr. Plocher will discuss early warning signs and how to address symptoms before surgery is required. All participants will receive a T-shirt and a pedometer. No registration required. Free. 11 a.m.–noon. Plymouth Creek Center Dome, 14800 34th Ave.
This series teaches Sun Salutations and challenging poses, so previous yoga experience is required. Bring your own mat and block if you have them; if not, equipment is provided. Reservations required. Ages 14 and up. $80 for eleven sessions. 7–8 p.m. French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Road; 763.694.7750; threeriversparks.org.
Instructors will guide you through Nordic walking, yoga, canoeing, archery, geocaching and more. Equipment is provided and individuals of all skill levels are encouraged to join some or all of the activities. Sponsored by Hoigaard’s. Reservations required. Ages 18 and up. $85. 5:30¬–6:30 p.m. French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Road; 763.694.7750; threeriversparks.org.
Spring may be just around the corner, but tough Minnesotans know that to keep warm, you’ve got to keep moving. Runners from around the Twin Cities will brave the brisk weather to kick off their running season. Whether this is your hundredth race or you’re still learning to tie your tennis shoes (that’s right, kids, you can join, too!), be sure to join in the fun and the post-race party featuring classic Minnesota dishes, a lumberjack costume contest and a winter beard competition. $45–$65 until March 2; $51–$71 until race day. 9 a.m.
Whether you’re new to Minnesota winters or you’ve simply never picked up a pair of snowshoes, now is your chance to learn. The folks at French Regional Park will take you on a guided hike as you test out your snow legs. Experience is not required, just willingness to try out a new adventure. Equipment provided. Reservations required. Ages 6 and up. $5. 1–2:30 p.m. French Regional Park, 12605 Rockford Road; 763.694.7750; threeriversparks.org
Take that first step on a journey to better health by taking a walk with your neighbors, led by Dr. Todd Shea, a podiatrist at Allina Health Plymouth Clinic. The event begins with a short presentation on heel pain followed by a 45-minute walk. People of all ages and fitness levels are welcome. All participants will receive a T-shirt and a pedometer. Free. 11 a.m. Plymouth Creek Center Dome, 14800 34th Ave. N.; 612.863.4050; wellness.allinahealth.org
Let your little ice princes and princesses loose at the weekly open skate hours at Plymouth Ice Center. The indoor rinks offer a safe skating experience for kids and adults of all ages. $4 for ages 18 and up, $3 for students and seniors. 7:15–8:45 p.m. Friday, 1:45–3:15 p.m. Sunday. Plymouth Ice Center, 3650 Plymouth Blvd.; 763.509.5250; ci.plymouth.mn.us