Monday, October 20, 2003

Fit Bits: Ways to stay active and healthy



By Shauna Scott Rhone
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Do it

Step inside: Cooler weather sometimes forces fitness inside. While there are a number of options in Greater Cincinnati, structured classes help keep the regimen going during those winter months. Williams YMCA in East Walnut Hills is opening its doors for a free fitness sampler 6-8 p.m. Thursday . Take a sample of classes in Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga, Studio Cycling, Step Aerobics, Cardio Kickboxing and Swiss Ball Exercising. 961-7552.

Prance, play and party: The 12th annual Run Like Hell 5K Run/Walk and Halloween Party begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the corner of Dana and Woodburn avenues in Evanston. Take a "hair raising run" through Walnut Hills Cemetery, stay for the party and bring a partner to compete in the Crypt Keeper Cornhole Tournament. Onsite registration available. Run and party: $30; party only: $15; cornhole: $20 per team. 533-9300, Ext. 15; www.racedmc.com.

For Linus and Charlie: Even though those two Peanuts chums look like they need an exercise regimen, Kenton County Parks and Recreation wants to help you laugh and roll your way to fitness. The fifth annual Great Pumpkin Race pushes off at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mills Road Park between Taylor Mill and Independence. Bring your roundest pumpkin and push it off to victory on a wooden track. Pumpkins may be painted or appliqued. with designs. No altered pumpkins allowed. Three weight classes (pumpkins only) with a time trial elimination. Free.

(859) 525-7529

Pedal pushers: Cyclists will have a fiendishly good time at the Cincinnati Cycle Club Great Ghost Rider Ramble at 7:45 a.m. Saturday at East Central High School in Saint Leon, Ind. This is not a competitive race; ride at your own pace and enjoy the fall colors. Five routes - 25, 35, 50, 63 and 100 miles - are offered for the casual rider and serious cyclists. The 100-mile race will be fully staffed with four rest stops for the approximately 9,000 feet of vertical climb. Buffet served 1-5 p.m. for pre-registered riders only. Online registration closes Thursday. $25, children 7 and younger free. 541-1828; www.cincinnaticycleclub.org.

Walk as one: The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) presents its fourth annual Walk As One 6-mile walk at 10 a.m. Saturday at Yeatman's Cove in Sawyer Point. Baseball legend Dave Winfield is this year's national spokesperson. The walk is billed as NCCJ's event against bias, bigotry and racism. This is a rain-or-shine event. Online registration is available. Donations accepted. Walkers who raise $75 or more get a T-shirt. 381-4660; www.nccj.org .

Toss off: The Cincinnati Classics Hammer Boys Premier Soccer Team sponsors a cornhole tournament fund-raiser at 6 p.m. Saturday at Germania Park in Colerain Township. The Hammer Boys are youths ages 4-16. Registration is limited to the first 64 teams and you must be at least 18 to enter. Proceeds go to helping with travel and tournament application fees. $30 per team; 519-4665.

Watch it

Go climb a rock: Master alpinist Jim Bridwell makes a special appearance at 7 p.m. Thursday at RockQuest Climbing Center in Sharonville. He will present a slide show from his 20 years of rock climbing experiences, including treks to Patagonia, Argentina; the Kichatna Spire and Mooses Tooth mountains in Alaska and Chamonix, France. Free, 733-0123.

Contact Shauna Scott Rhone by phone: 768-8511; fax: 768-8330;

e-mail: srhone@enquirer.com




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