The Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA is glad to offer our annual series of runs again this year. Bringing families and friends together to run or walk and support the YMCA’s annual campaign and other important causes this time of year. It doesn’t get much better than that. Run or walk in person or on your own.

Unique this year due to COVID-19, we will require that you wear a face mask before and after the event with the exception of not wearing a mask while you are actively participating in exercise. We require that you adhere to the six feet apart physical distancing at all times unless you are with your family/tribe. As usual, continue to practice good hygiene and washing your hands frequently; however, we ask that you refrain from participating if you have a fever or don’t feel well.

The Y wants to give a sense of normalcy during this pandemic while still encouraging you to try a fun new experience. You can run or walk on your own in your neighborhood, on a treadmill, at a nearby park, go for one mile or three, participate in one or all three races, have a goal of personal best or just for fun; the Y is here for you. Your job is to share your achievement with your family and friends and tag the Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA.

All three of these runs are a great opportunity, based on personal preference, to participate as a family, to bring your pawed companion(s), for the kids to get active, or to bring the stroller.

Freaky Friday

On a brisk autumn day with temperatures, historically a high of 49 and low of 30 degrees, with the sun setting and colorful leaves falling from the trees, a run and/or walk will be held through Henes Park with us in the Freaky Friday 5K run/walk and Itsy Bitsy Spider Dash Kid’s 1/2-mile run/walk. Dress up your kids, your four legged loved ones and yourself if you want. See if you can guess all the other costumes? Take some fun pictures. The Freaky Friday 5K is an event for the entire family,

Day of check-in and shirt pick-up is 4 to 4:55 p.m. at Pavilion No. 3 in Henes Park. The event start time is 5 p.m. for the Itsy Bitsy Spider Dash with the 5K immediately following. All children participating in the Itsy Bitsy Spider Dash will receive a juice box and top six boys and girls will receive an award. The Freaky 5K participants will receive an award for the top six men, women and top dozen K9 finishers. Each leashed K9 participant will receive a complimentary doggie waste bag and “freaky” treat from Mighty Pet.

Register online until Oct. 28 for the 5K $25 for members and the public cost is $30.

Register online until Oct. 28 for Itsy Bitsy Spider Dash $15 for members and $20 for the public.

No day-of registrations. Unclaimed shirts will be held up to two weeks at Y after the event.

Turkey Trot

The free community event will be held at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving Day at the Y. Thanksgiving is a time for connecting with family and reflecting on all that we’re grateful for, even in 2020 but before all that comes the tradition of putting on your autumn running gear and taking part in the Turkey Trot. Whether you’re participating in an official race or just touring the neighborhood with family and friends, Thanksgiving dinner always tastes better when you’ve tired out your legs a little first. A shirt purchase is available. See our website for more details. For the “Thanks” be one of the first 150 registered participants and receive a free pumpkin pie from Jack’s Fresh Market on race day. For the “Giving” bring in lots of canned/boxed goods to donate to our local food pantry. The 5K route is the traditional one going around what is referred to as the “Y block.”

Resolution Run

The Resolution Run will be held New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2021, at 9 a.m. Stay warm by dressing in layers. This race is one mile. It’s a great way to start off the year with an achievable goal. Or it’s a great way to push yourself with your speed to set a personal goal time. This is also a great way to embrace something new: To be brave, to meet new people, to be outside when it’s cold and to have a great story to share.

Not racing? We still want you! The Y would not be able to host these events without the help of great volunteers like you! Help is needed both on and off the course and before and after every run.

If you would like to volunteer to help out with any of these fun events or to register for a race event visit our website at www.mmymca.org or to learn more about the Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA.

Kristen Weglarz is the Healthy Living Director the YMCA. She may be reached at 906-863-9983 or kristen@mmymca.org.