Maybe you’ve decided that 2016 will be the year you run a marathon. Or, maybe your New Years Resolution is to be more active and healthy this year. Either way, we’ve got plenty of ways to get you moving.
1. Augusta University Half Marathon & 10K – The only thing better than a long weekend exploring our city is leaving with a finisher’s medal. The AU Half Marathon & 10K in February includes a 2-day wellness expo, post race yoga, and a festive finish line. To register, or get more information, visit AugustaHalf.com
2. Yoga in the Park – Bring your yoga mat and meet at the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park Visitor Center for a yoga session for all skill levels. Being outside can intensify the yoga experience in many ways - focusing awareness, breathing deeply and practicing stillness. Yoga in the Park is every second Saturday of the month – year round.
3. 3 Bridges Run 5K – If you’re not ready to tackle a long-distance run – then the 3 Bridges Run in March is perfect for you. This scenic course is a paved, crossing three bridges along the Savannah River and Augusta Canal, with start and finish at the brand-new Lake Olmstead Trailhead. To register, or get more information, visit 3Bridges5K.com
4. Kayaking – If you’re a water lover, then mark your calendar for Benderdinker – an outdoor festival on the water each April with live music, barbecue, and brews. You could also rent (Savannah Rapids Kayak, Escape Outdoors, Outdoor Augusta) a kayak or SUP or schedule a kayak tour (Cole Watkins Tours) year-round. To register for Benderdinker, or for more information, visit Benderdinker.com
5. Biking – Whether you want to hit a heavy-duty trail mountain bike trail or go for a more casual spin – we’ve got options for you. Bring your mountain bike with you to explore F.A.T.S – a well-known trail in Augusta’s River Region. Or rent bikes from the Bicycle Peddler at Savannah Rapids Pavilion and enjoy a leisurely pedal along the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area towpath.
6. Marine Mud Challenge – In May, the brave of heart can tackle 5 miles of off-road trails filled with more than 30 military style obstacles. Participants will have to conquer 15-foot high cargo nets, free standing 7 foot high walls, a rope bridge, mud pits, more than 200,000 gallons of water in a 4'+ deep pit, being blasted by a fire hose, and battling up hills after being tested. This challenge is best tackled with a team – so gather your friends and prepare for battle! To register, or for more information, visit MarineMud.com