Sep 6, 201208:11 AMOutside Columbia
Come Outside And Play, Columbia!
Fall For The Outdoors
This weather is gorgeous! Get outside and enjoy the cooler temps with a run, bike, paddle or hike. If you need some inspiration, consider signing up for one of the events below. There’s something for everyone on this list – from competitive 10Ks to a costume bike ride – the spirited, hardcore, charitable and silly should all partake.
The Bike MS: Express Scripts Gateway Getaway Ride benefits the National MS Society’s 90-county service area, which includes Boone County. Bikers choose a route either 40-, 75- or 100-miles long and enjoy live entertainment and free meals, on one condition: all riders must raise at least $250.
$35; time TBD; 5212 N. Oakland Gravel Road; 314-446-4150
Exercising is a little easier when you’re doing it for a great cause. Break out those running shoes for the third annual Mid-Missouri Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. About 75 percent of the proceeds will benefit Columbia residents with breast cancer.
From $25; 8:30 a.m.; Champions Drive and Mick Deaver Memorial Dr.
Jog along to the music of the Roots ‘N Blues ‘N BBQ Festival during the event’s Half-Marathon and 10K Race. New features for 2012 include more aid stations and technical racing T-shirts. Participants will also receive an ice-cold beer and a barbeque sandwich at the finish line near Flat Branch Park (also the start).
$50 half marathon, $40 10K; 101 S. Fourth St.; 573-442-5862
Partner up with your favorite young’un (5 to 14 year-old) and head out to Phillips Lake for the Generations Adult/Child Canoe-Kayak Race. Prizes go to first through third places, and everyone can enjoy a free paddling clinic after the race.
$12; 11 a.m. Phillips Lake Park; 573-817-2955
Run through fall foliage during the Rock Bridge Revenge trail runs. The 100 percent single-track event offers 7-mile or 25K options. Cash prizes for the overall winners for the 25K.
$20 7-mile, $30 25K; 8 a.m.; Rock Bridge State Park; 573-446-0717
The second Show-Me 100 Bike Ride will feature three different courses for cyclists of all levels: a 31-mile, 62-mile and 100-mile – each starting at Parkade Center. The ride benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri (each rider is expected to raise $200). After hours in the saddle, participants can relax at the Lifestyle Festival, featuring live music, a bicycle clinic for kids and a beer garden for cyclists of age.
$25; 601 Business Loop; 573-817-1747
Your dog likes to run, too, so register for Paws in the Park, a 5K around Stephens Lake Park that will be followed by demonstrations, games, contests and adoptable animals from area rescues. All proceeds to go Columbia Second Chance Adoption Center.
$20; 9 a.m.; 2001 E. Broadway; 573-228-7476
The Perche Creek Fall Five debuts this month; be part of the inaugural duathlon with a three mile paddle and two mile run (teams are allowed if the combined five miles seems daunting).
$25; 11 a.m.; Providence Fishing Access
Ditch the car and head to Jefferson City by foot during the Courthouse to Capitol Ultramarathon and Team Relay. Whether you run the 39.3 miles from the Boone County Courthouse to the State Capitol building with a team or solo, all proceeds will benefit the Midwest Special Needs Trust FBO Max Lewis.
$40; 7 a.m.; 801 E. Walnut St.; 573-999-3838
Celebrate Halloween four days early at the Monster Bike Bash. It’s a 17-mile party on wheels from Columbia to Rocheport, and costumes are required. Stop along the way to enjoy live music, ghoulish surprises and beautiful views of the Missouri River.
Price and starting location TBA; 402 E. Broadway; offtrackevents.com
Why run when you can dance a 5K? Bust out some moves during Dance Marathon’s FT5K For The Kids, sponsored by the MU School of Medicine. This out and back course has a DJ at the start and finish and a dance party at the half-way point.
$20; 9 a.m.; Research Park Drive;
Start Homecoming Weekend off on the right foot – literally. Run or walk the Prevent 5K/10K to benefit the More Project, the Foundation for the Higher Good and Toys for Tots. Cash prizes go to the top three male and female finishers and the overall masters (age 40+) finishers in the 10K. Afterward, kids 2 to 12 can participate in the Tot Trot.
8:30 a.m.; 3662 Scott Blvd.; 847-691-8889
Weekly Running Training Options:
Every Tuesday/Thursday, 5:30 a.m.
Run from the MKT Forum trailhead
Every Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Track Workouts at Hickman High School (February through December)
Every Saturday, 7 a.m.
Every Sunday, 7 a.m.
Rock Bridge State Park trail run