The Branson area is home to dozens of health and fitness activities every year and this fall of 2014 is no different. It is not too late to get active and participate in one of these upcoming area events—you can walk, run, or race no matter what your fitness or activity level! Ozark Mountain Country’s schedule is packed full of 1 mile walk/runs, 5k, 10k, half marathons, and many other fitness challenges that attract participants from around the U.S. and the world. These events are not only a great way to promote wellness and a healthy lifestyle, but they are fun for the family. It doesn’t take an athlete or a competitor to get involved—it’s about getting out and getting active.
Here are some family-friendly fitness activities that you and your friends, co-workers, teammates or family members can get involved in this fall:
The Roller Coaster Race
This fall, Silver Dollar City hosts the Roller Coaster Race. Participants can choose between a 5K run/walk, a half marathon, or the Roller Coaster 5K, riding 3.1 miles of track on the coasters (that’s about six rides total!). This event is open to guests of all ages.
Find out more here: http://rollercoasterrace.com/races/branson-mo-5K-half-marathon/
Tanger Outlets’ Fitness for Families
Join Branson and Tanger Outlets this September as they bring our community together to promote and encourage a healthy, happy lifestyle and fight Breast Cancer. Proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. This event is a timed 5K (3.1 miles), but don’t let a time stop you from participating! This family event is a walk/run and everyone is encouraged to participate.
Learn about this activity: http://www.tangeroutlet.com/race/race.aspx?center=branson
Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs
This October, join the fun at Dogwood Canyon Nature Park for the annual Dogwood Canyon Trail Run. Racers can choose between the 15K, 25K, and 50K races. Trail running can be rocky and hilly, so prepare for the terrain! All finishers will receive prizes and top finishers in each group can receive special prizes, including duffel bags, provided by The North Face.
For more information, check out their website: http://fitness.basspro.com/Page/Dogwood-Canyon-Trail-Runs.aspx
Run to the Lights
Silver Dollar City’s 9th annual “Run to the Lights” is back in 2014 and better than ever. Run right into the “Christmas Spirit” on the grounds of Silver Dollar City this November, surrounded by over five million sparkling Christmas lights, and hundreds of race participants. From candy cane-striped socks and tacky Christmas sweaters to reindeer outfits and Santa costumes, racers are set to enjoy this fun event.
Find out how you and your friends/family can participate here: http://www.runtothelights.com/
Bass Pro Shops Marathon Weekend
October 31- November 2 is Bass Pro Marathon weekend in 2014 with events for the entire family. Beginners can participate in the CAMO Color Run/Walk, a two mile color run. The News-Leader 5K is great for anybody who wants to get active and reach a personal fitness goal. The Cohick Half Marathon is sure to challenge any runner/walker who seeks to beat their current fitness goals. Last are the Conservation Marathon and Mercy Marathon Relay. Push yourself the full 26.2 miles or find three friends, family members or co-workers to make memories in the Marathon Relay. Whatever you choose; whatever your fitness level, come enjoy the festivities at the Bass Pro Shops Marathon Weekend.
See their site for more details: http://fitness.basspro.com/Page/Marathon-Weekend.aspx