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November Events: Get Your Sweat On

By Abi Grise 10.29.18

Whatever your fitness goals or bucket list, there are many ways you can muscle through November this fall. Texas is chock-full of family-friendly fitness events. You could climb an obstacle course in Houston, learn tai chi in Austin, or even join a stampede at the zoo in Waco.

Consider this the official list of no excuse not to get outside, get muddy, and get active this month.

North Texas

The Great Amazing Race, Nov. 10, Dallas

Not-so-subtly inspired by the television show The Amazing Race, this event puts teams of two on a wild expedition to complete numerous mental and physical challenges. You and your partner will traverse a 1.5-mile, cross-country-style course suitable for kiddos over the age of 4 and adults with a positive attitude. Take the race at your own pace with two levels of difficulty — recreational or competitive. We won’t judge.

Pro tip: Volunteer as a crewmember to race for free. Otherwise, registration is $49.99 per team of two.

Women’s Health & Fitness Expo Dallas, Nov. 10, Dallas

Ladies of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels, break out your best athleisure wear and head to Crowne Plaza. The Women’s Health & Fitness Expo will help you work up a sweat with free fitness workshops. Then, cool things down by attending women’s health seminars. Be sure to sign up for free health screenings and sample products from wellness and beauty vendors.

Central Texas

Ip Sun Tai Chi, Nov. 3, Austin

Kick your exercise routine into high gear with a free tai chi class at Bull Creek Park. Korean Buddhist monks created Ip Sun, a tai chi training program, to help generate internal strengths, such as self-awareness and confidence, while developing physical strengths such as balance and coordination.

HEB Zoo Stampede, Nov. 10, Waco

Happy 25th birthday to the Cameron Park Zoo! Join the herd for a fun run 1K stampede at the award-winning zoological park along the Brazos River. But you don’t have to stop at the finish line — your bib grants you free admission to the park that day and 10 percent off purchases at the Zootique gift shop.

Entry for the 1K race is $17.50, including fees.

East Texas

Yoga in the Woods, Nov. 10, Huntsville

Om my goodness. Texas Parks and Wildlife hosts yoga classes in the woods! Join instructor Holly N. for a delightful flow of basic yoga positions amid a serene backdrop of Texas wilderness. Relax and breathe in the extra fresh air. All ages are welcome. Bring a mat unless you don’t mind connecting with the earth.

Park entry is $5. Children 12 and under are free.

Saturday Night Dances, Nov. 10, 17, 24, Daingerfield

Boogie-woogie your way into shape at Daingerfield State Park. From 8 to 10 p.m., you can move through the decades dancing to hits from the 1940s to the 2000s, played from an Instagram-worthy vintage jukebox. All ages are welcome to come cut a rug under the stars.

Park entry is $4. Children 12 and under are free.

South Texas

Kites and Bikes Festival, Nov. 3, Corpus Christi

The Mayor’s Fitness Council has wheelie good news! The Kites and Bikes Festival is returning to Water’s Edge Park this year, and with it, colorful kites, family fitness activities, bike safety demonstrations and exhibitors, giveaways, and more. Bike paths will be open all afternoon for casual cruising or power peddling.

Pro tip: Why not pack a picnic in your bicycle basket?

West Texas

Upper Canyon Half-Day Guided Hike, Nov. 3, Comstock

Serious hikers can step into a slice of Texas history on this guided four-hour hike of the upper Seminole Canyon. After traversing the rocky terrain, you’ll come upon remnant sites of the Southern Pacific Railroad era and a historical campsite of the U.S. Army’s Detachment Black-Seminole Indian Scouts. Registration is required and there are 24 spots available, so sign up ASAP!

Park entrance is $5. Guided hike registration is $12. Children under 12 may enter the park for free. This hike is not recommended for wee little children.

Last Sunday Hike, Nov. 25, El Paso

Don’t be fooled. Sure, this hike to Ranger Peak is only a mile, but it’s a toughie! Wear sturdy shoes and bring your sense of adventure. At peak elevation of the Directisimo trail, your eyes will be treated with a 360-degree view of the West Texas desert landscape. The cherry on top? You can rest your legs on the tram ride back to your car.

A one-way tram ride is $4 per adult and $2 per child.

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