YMCA powers fitness for the community

by Jim Boyle

Editor

Fresh off two big events, the wheels are already turning at the Elk River YMCA for more fitness events open to the community.

The Elk River YMCA hosted its annual Cycle-a-thon this past Saturday. One hundred cyclers came together and rode for 100 minutes to raise money for Y-Partners, a fundraising program that the YMCA has to help families in need, send kids to camp, help a child learn how to swim and provide scholarships.

Submitted photo  The Elk River YMCA attracted 100 riders to ride for 100 minutes to raise money for Y-Partners, a fund-raising program that the YMCA has to help families in need, send kids to camp, teach a child to learn how to swim and provide scholarships.

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The Elk River YMCA attracted 100 riders to ride for 100 minutes to raise money for Y-Partners, a fund-raising program that the YMCA has to help families in need, send kids to camp, teach a child to learn how to swim and provide scholarships.

“The Y is a great place to come together as a community to not only promote health and well-being, but also help others out in need,” said Alex Johnson, the senior fitness coordinator for the Elk River YMCA.

In addition to the cycle-a-thon, the YMCA also had a Healthy Kids Day event. This allowed families to try group fitness classes, play pool games, make arts and crafts, learn about healthful eating and holistic healthy family lifestyles.

Up next will be a first-time event called the Spring Fitness Jam 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 18. This Y-Partners event is open to the public. Tickets are $15 for members pre-registration and $20 at the door. Tickets are $25 for nonmembers.

The YMCA will offer a variety of outdoor and indoor classes, such as an outdoor group ride, outdoor yoga, water tabatathon, Latin Hip Hop Party, family obstacle course, outdoor bootcamp and TurboJam Fest.

The fitness center will also have booths on matters such as personal training and nutrition, massage demos and Pilates reformer demos.

National Senior Health and Fitness Day and annual summer YMCA 5K run and walk are on deck after this. National Senior Health and Fitness Day will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 29 to honor seniors of the community.

This event is a free open house event and is open to the public. There will be vendors coming in to provide information about products and services. The YMCA will also be offering lunch for the seniors. A raffle drawing and prizes will be available. Guests are asked to bring their ID.

The 5K will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20. This is another Y-Partners event.

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