Fun Fitness-Focused Things To Do With Friends

Combine workouts with socializing at these unique events.


September 10, 2018

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Sign up to Run for the Cure

On September 30, lace up your running shoes for a good cause and participate in the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure. Whether you’re a veteran runner looking to expand your horizons, a new runner looking to experience a race, or just someone looking to get active and support a charitable cause, this 5k/1k run or walk is the perfect way to spend a Sunday.

Rundle Park, 2909 113 Ave., 780-437-8415,

Learn how to surf — on dry land

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf but don’t have any ocean-centric vacations planned, don’t worry — there’s a solution right here in Edmonton. The Surf Studio offers a variety of classes designed to give you a unique workout. Grab a friend, book your board and head to one of the classes.

The Surf Studio, 8708 51 Ave., 780-920-7935,

Explore the River Valley — and chart your own course

Whether you’re looking to walk, bike, rollerblade or run, the River Valley is the perfect spot to do so if you want to get out in nature and enjoy a great view. The City of Edmonton has trail maps for the central, west and east areas of the River Valley, so you can plan out your route — and perhaps pop by any of the city’s great cafes for a coffee or sweet treat after your adventure.

Edmonton River Valley, 311,

Take your four-legged friend for a walk

On September 16, HART (Humane Animal Rescue Team) is hosting Sneakers & Strays, a run/walk where you can bring along your four-legged friend — or simply bring along a friend and walk to support a cause you believe in. The race is designed to raise funds to help rescue, rehabilitate and rehome stray and abandoned dogs, and has 3 km, 5 km and 10 km options.

Buena Vista Dog Park, 13221 Buena Vista Rd., 780-915-0693,

Dust off your dancing shoes and learn the lindy hop

Sugar Swing is bringing swing dancing to the masses on September 27 with Lindy Harvest 2018. The annual workshop weekend is the perfect activity for anyone who wants to learn a bit more about the dance style. Two talents from Stockholm will be stopping by to teach the art of the lindy hop, and there will be live music throughout, classes, performances and more.

Sugar Swing Ballroom, 10019 80 Ave., 587-786-6554,

Squeeze in an early morning workout

The November Project is a workout idea that started in the United States, but since Andrew Ference brought it to Edmonton, it has established a strong presence in our city. Participants meet at 6:00 am, three times a week, to get their sweat on at various locations from the Royal Glenora Stairs to Walterdale Hill. Grab a fellow early bird and get your workout out of the way before the sun rises.

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