If you've lived in Oklahoma City long, you know the budding redbuds are a sign the Redbud Classic is around the corner. This annual event is scheduled for April 8 and 9 and includes a handful of ways for your entire family to enjoy a fun fitness event that supports a great cause. The Redbud Classic is celebrating its 35th year by supporting local non-profit Cleats for Kids with its proceeds. Since the event started in 1983, it has raised $525,000 for area non-profits.
The Redbud Classic weekend offers 10-, 33- and 50-mile bike tours as well as 5K and 10K races. Other events include a 2-mile walk, 1-mile kids fun run and a baby stroller derby. Until April 3, early-bird registration fees are $30 for the run/walk events and $40 for the cycling tours, or $65 for both events. Races will take place throughout Nichols Hills and the surrounding areas throughout Saturday and Sunday. The second annual Redbud Bash will take place Sunday at the finish line and feature food trucks, beer from COOP Ale Works, live entertainment and free family-friendly games and activities. To register and get more details, visit www.redbud.org.
Here are some other great fitness events for all ages happening throughout the Oklahoma City metro:
9 a.m. March 25
Historic Fort Reno, 7107 W. Cheyenne St., El Reno
Sign up for the 15K, 5K or non-competitive Miracle Mile and enjoy views of historic Fort Reno while you run. Refreshments and free live entertainment will be happening at the finish line. This event benefits the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
9 a.m. every Saturday
Will Rogers Park, N.W. 36th & Portland
Join a group of bicycle and breakfast enthusiasts each Saturday for a ride to Brown's Bakery or Kamps 1910. The leisure ride to Brown's Bakery is designed for entry-level or family riders and is 11 miles round-trip. The donut break at the halfway point at Brown's Bakery makes this ride ideal for families. The leisure ride is welcoming to all skill levels and the ride leader adjusts to the speed of the slowest rider.
5:45 p.m. every Wednesday
Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno
Ages 5 and up and their families are invited into Myriad Botanical Gardens each Wednesday night for a kid-friendly yoga session. The event is a great way to learn new postures, stretches and stress-relievers together as a family. Participants should take their own yoga mat and water and meet in the south lobby.
Find more family fitness events and ideas here.