Forget the idea of being lazy this winter, and instead take advantage of the many engaging physical activities available in the area. The list is enormous, so we’ve grabbed just a few to feature here.
To get you going right off the bat, Race for the Light Benefit 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for December 7, 2013. Organized by and benefiting the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Center, the 11th annual Race for the Light is a fun-filled 5k (3.1 mi) run/walk through Oshkosh starting at the Boys and Girls Club in Oshkosh at 4:30 p.m. Come enjoy a beautiful race route featuring festively decorated homes, carolers and musicians, as well as over 500,000 lights and displays from the Celebration of Lights at Menominee Park. Entry is $15 for kids and $30 for adults, with all proceeds benefiting the efforts of the Christine Ann Center. Act quickly though, as registration ends on December 4. For questions, call 920.729.5727 or visit www.christineann.net/news-events/race-for-the-light.
Programs are offered through the Oshkosh Rec Department and the YMCA throughout the winter, including organized sports, classes and one-on-one programming. For adults, the Rec offers open and lap swim at North High School, year round ages 50+ volleyball at the Rec gym, ages 50+ shuffleboard, ballroom dance lessons, a basketball league and tournament, water aerobics classes, a pickleball league, and a variety of fitness classes. Youth offerings include a robotics team, a Lego league, the Elementary Strings program, photography club, dance lessons, the Jolly Jester Children’s Theater, Spanish lessons, swimming, and more. For additional information, visit http://recreation.oshkosh.k12.wi.us.
The YMCA offers many unique indoor opportunities to the area, including a tennis facility (640 E. County Trunk Y), a climbing wall and full-sized soccer field (20th Ave YMCA), and racquet ball courts (downtown facility). Both the 20th Ave and downtown facilities feature a workout room and swimming pool. A wide selection of classes and family activities are offered by the Y. For more information, visit www.oshkoshymca.org.
Bodyworks International offers a significant array of classes to keep you active, including Zumba, Italian Boxing, Cardio workouts, exotic dancing, and multiple dance classes. Located in downtown Oshkosh at 502 N Main, Bodyworks features professionally trained staff for each of their programs which are tailored to meet your specific goals and abilities. More information at www.bodyworksinternationale.com.
Winter is also a great time to try out the immensely popular Inner Sun Yoga Studio, with a selection of different programs available for new beginners to seasoned veterans. Yoga classes focus on breathing, slow intentional movement, postures, relaxation and meditation. Located at 716 Oregon St, the studio offers traditional Yoga classes in addition to special workshops covering personal and spiritual health. Inner Sun has also organized a “Snoga” retreat on February 1, 2014 at Lakotah Camp and Lodge in Wautoma. Activities will include a morning Yoga session, “A Circle of Drums” session with good friend of the Scene Bill Kehl, a refreshing lunch, a 90 minute snowshoeing hike, and an afternoon Yoga session. More information available at www.innersunyogastudio.com.
Andrew Mertens directs the Oshkosh Tai chi center at 803 Waugoo, in addition to offering classes at the Oshkosh Senior Center on North Campbell. Tai chi is recognized by the Mayo Clinic as a beneficial activity that reduces stress and anxiety while increasing flexibility and balance. To get involved in local Tai chi programs, call 233.2605.
To start 2014 in healthy fashion, the community is invited to participate in the Resolution Solution 5k Run hosted by the 20th Ave YMCA. Proceeds from the event benefit the Oshkosh YMCA Annual Campaign. For more information, visit www.dutrirun.com.