Friday Five: 5 April Events to Get You Active Again

Spring has arrived, the sun is out, which means it’s time to get outside! Get started on race training, begin your spring/summer race schedule, or just go for a walk in a park. To help you prepare, we offer our monthly look at upcoming events in the Michigan area. We went with unique and popular, and tried to find one every weekend of the month. Enjoy!

1. Klondike Challenge: April 6, Oscoda

For you canoe racers and kayakers, the Klondike Challenge kicks off the 2013 Michigan Canoe Racing Association (MCRA) season schedule. Take part in the hour-long canoe race on Saturday, and then run or walk the 5K/10K on Sunday. Racers on a budget will also like the fact that the canoe race is just $5, and the 5K/10K is just $10 (extra $5 for a shirt). The water will be cold, but that’s just more incentive to not fall in!

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2. Pump & Run: April 13, Walker

Definitely one of the more unique events in our April calendar. So many people focus on weight training or cardio, but not both. Here’s a reward for those who do! Participants will bench press a percentage of their body weight (Men: 80%, Women: 60%) as many times as they can, and then go run a 5K. For every bench press rep, 30 seconds will be deducted from their overall run time. Reward your balanced workout routine with more exercise!

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3. Motor City Bike & Brew Tour: April 20, Detroit

In the spirit of event series launching their 2013 seasons, we include the Motor City Bike & Brew Tour. Detroit has an incredibly rich history that just can’t be fully grasped in a car. So hop on your bike and take to the streets and explore what made The Motor City. April 20 also marks the first Theater History route for entertainment buffs as well. Bike & Brew Tours also offer a Brewery Tour and a Prohibition Tour, and will run until early October, so don’t miss your chance to see Detroit in a totally unique way.

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4. Dooby Du Duathlon: April 21, Berkey, Ohio

Elite Endeavors will host the Dooby Du Duathlon to jumpstart its 2013 season on April 21 in northwest Ohio. Athletes will begin with a two-mile run, transition into a 6.5-mile bike ride, run two more miles, bike another 6.5 miles, and end with another two-mile run. For athletes looking to try a multisport event, this is a great opportunity to get exposure while still pushing their endurance limits. More Elite Endeavors races will take place throughout the summer, including a full slate of triathlons and more.

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5. Komen Race for the Cure: April 28, Lansing

The largest series of 5K runs and walks in the world heads to Lansing on April 28, once again raising money for the fight against breast cancer. More than 1,100 people have already donated and registered, so join in and help Komen Mid-Michigan achieve their goal of raising $200,000 for breast cancer research. Event activities begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the actual race at 2:00 p.m. See if you can beat last year’s winning time of 15:49, set by Bath’s Chris Stoddard.

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There’s our five. No excuses now to stay inside and not enjoy the warming weather and sunshine. If these races don’t suit your interests, be sure to check out our calendar for full race listings for April and beyond. Have fun out there!

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