Shiney Hiney Lightning Bug 5K/10K Run and 2K Fitness Walk
JULY 2, 8 a.m., Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso. thtiming.com. This family-friendly event features the option of a 5K or 10K race, as well as a free family 2K fitness walk. Awards follow the race.
Brickyard Run 5K and 5 Miler
JULY 4, 7:30 a.m., Hobart High School, 2211 E. 10th St., Hobart. 219.942.2183. hobartymca.org/brickyard-run.html. For 37 years, this Calumet Striders Gold Cup Series race has been a Fourth of July tradition with a 5-mile course and a 5K course.
Hebron Fireworks 5K
JULY 4, 7:45 a.m., Hebron Middle School, 307 S. Main St., Hebron. thtiming.com. This annual holiday race features a 5K run and walk, plus a 250-meter fun run for children 10 and younger.
Run for Riley
JULY 4, 9 a.m., Andrew Avenue and Ind. 2, LaPorte. thtiming.com. This flat and fast 5K race offers a built-in crowd to cheer participants on as it steps off before the 4th of July parade.
ONGOING, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, LaPorte County Family YMCA Elston Branch, 1202 Spring St. Door K, 219.221.4055. lpymca.org. Courts are open to play pickleball, a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels.
ONGOING, 6 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. Sunday, Anytime Fitness Dyer, 262 81st St, Dyer. 219.440.7149. anytimefitness.com. R.I.P.P.E.D. stands for resistance, interval, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet, and the class incorporates high cardio, weight training and kickboxing designed to create consistency and offer a challenge during every workout.
ONGOING, 9-10 a.m., Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, Whiting Family Y, 1938 Clark St., Whiting. 219.370.5091. whitingymca.org. This basic strength training program uses handheld weights to increase muscle mass, raise metabolism, lower body fat and promote bone density.
Beach Fun Friday
THROUGH AUG. 11, 2 p.m. to 30 minutes after sunset Friday, West Beach, 376 N. County Line Road, Gary. 219.395.1882. in.gov/dnr. Attendees can enjoy activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, a sunset hike and a beach campfire. Visitors can bring a picnic dinner and eat at a picnic shelter.