Ah, springtime in Atlanta… when the number of awesome, fun, run-for-a-cause 5Ks can only be matched by the alarmingly high number in the pollen count. Seriously, if you’re looking to spend one – or all – of your Saturday mornings trucking 3.1 miles, chances are, you need look no farther than your neighborhood square. With so many races to choose from, the MamaBear 5K, 10K, and Cub Run caught my eye because… well, I’m a mama bear and I have cubs who like to run. (The race description also says “fast and flat” and I’m all about the “fast and flat” circuit.) I caught up with first-time race coordinator Beverly Sandel to find out a little more about what MamaBear means and why we should run this race.
From gorgeous blooms at the Atlanta Botanical Garden to the 10th annual Big Peach 5K for Blood Cancer to a yoga class for you and your sweetie (complete with wine and chocolate!), this week’s Atlanta health and wellness events are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a pep to your step.
Atlanta is so bustling with health and wellness events that it can be tough to keep up. But that’s why you’ve got us: Every week, we pore over hundreds of events to bring you each day’s top picks. This week, we suggest healthy Southern cooking, group runs with beer, an Atlanta Hawks 5K, and lots of other healthy shenanigans. Plan your week now and make it a great one.
Whether you insist that Valentine’s Day is a holiday devised to make money for the evil corporate overlords at Hallmark or you spend your entire day surrounded by rose petals and oversized plush puppies clutching hearts, one thing is for sure: Valentine’s Day 2015 is a great day to run in support of a worthy cause. It’ll do your heart good… no matter what your stance is on overpriced prix fixe dinners. Here are five ways to help a good cause and get some miles in at the same time. <3 <3 <3 >>
For over a decade, groggy Decaturites have woken on one Saturday morning every year to discover that their downtown area has been overtaken by hordes of runners, thousands of people grinning as they shuffle through the morning cold. What are all of those people doing? Are those kids running too? And why are they up so darned early? They’re running the Tour deCatur, of course! For this week’s Friday Five, WellATL fell in step with Gail Rothman, Executive Director of the Decatur Education Foundation, to learn more about this popular Atlanta area race and the great organization it benefits.
There’s still time hit some cycling, an aerobics class at the BeltLine, and a 5K in 2014. Hop to it! Or, you know, maybe just choose one. Then kick off your new year right by learning some new tricks in the kitchen, helping to stamp out poverty, and learning the fine art of swinging a kettlebell around. Lots to do this week! Check out the events.
Even at this time of year, Atlanta has plenty of active, fun activities to keep you moving and burn off those holiday cookies. From festive 5Ks to family ice skating to a walk through the Botanical Garden’s holiday light spectacular, here are this week’s best events.
Sometimes the best ideas are birthed from the most casual conversations. That’s what happened when April Gellanty and Rich Yarbrough chatted on the pool deck after a swim practice and left with the idea for shemoves ATL. April had been working for an event management company and running a national health and fitness program for Time Warner (Time Warner FitNation). She started to notice that the athletic events she managed — things like 5Ks and triathlons — were the spark that led people to make healthier lifestyle choices. As she helped people prepare for upcoming races, she saw them exercising for the first time, making healthier food choices, and eventually incorporating fitness into their daily lives. She’d been pondering how to take that spark to the next level when that fateful poolside conversation happened. Rich, an avid triathlete and coach, was looking for opportunities to work in athletic events, and when the two put their brains together, shemoves ATL was born.
Atlanta is chock full o’ amazing health and wellness events. Every Monday, WellATL will bring you a handy-dandy list of the week’s finest options. If you’d like to submit something fun and fitness-y for consideration, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. And now, behold, seven days of awesome…