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FITNESS EVENTS: Get moving with these upcoming fitness events (copy)
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FITNESS EVENTS: Get moving with these upcoming fitness events (copy)

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Verify information with venues as hours may change and class sizes may be limited due to COVID-19.

Labor Day 5K

SEPTEMBER 7, 8 a.m. 2190 N. State Rd 149, Portage. runsignup.com. This is race #9 in the 2019 Race the Region Series and replaces the Scarecrown Stampede on the series schedule. It will be combination on running on paved and unpaved bike paths and held on gentle terrain. Advanced packet pick up will be available at the Extra Mile Fitness Co on 9/4 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 9/4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 9/6 from noon-5 p.m.

Wolf Lake Labor Day Bike Ride

SEPTEMBER 7, 8:30 a.m., sign up at Environmental Education Center Parking Lot, 2405 Calumet Ave., Hammond. wolflakeinitiative.org. Register online by August 28 to participate in this free 20-mile bi-state bike ride. It will include frequent stops along the way and riders will enjoy all parts of the watershed. The ride is part of the 17th annual Active Living Faire at Wolf Lake that will also feature a fishing clinic from 8-11 a.m.

World Trade Center Stair Climb

SEPTEMBER 11, 6 p.m., Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court, Crown Point. yourhometownevents.com. This event honors the heroes of 9/11 and each participant is given the name of one of the 412 emergency workers who lost their lives on 9/11/01. The tower climb includes 1,980 stairs - 40 times up and down the 50 steps in the Lake County Fairgrounds Grandstand. It takes about 45 minutes at a casual pace. This year participants will be limited to help with social distancing and groups will be split into two sides and will start at one of five time slots. There is a registration discount for the first 50 police, firefighters, EMTs and nurses.

Popcorn Panic

SEPTEMBER 12, 7:30 a.m. Central Park Plaza, 63 Lafayette Street, Valparaiso. valpoparks.org/209/Popcorn-Panic-2020. The race is normally part of the Popcorn Festive, but with the fest cancelled this year, there will be a modified format. There is a new race course designed to minimize traffic disruption, the number of participants will be limited and there will be rolling start times for this 5K race with times designated between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.

Hub City Races 

SEPTEMBER 13, 6:30 a.m. full marathon, 7:30 a.m. half marathon, 8:00 a.m. 5K. Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court Street, Crown Point. Entrance fee is free when you run for charity by raising $500 or becoming a “SoleMate” for Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana. Due to cancellation of the Chicago and Boston marathons, the Hub City Races will now include a full marathon (by running the half marathon course twice). There is a suggested time limit of five hours.

Cardio Kick

ONGOING, 8-8:50 a.m., Wednesdays, GRIT Fitness Cedar Lake, 12937 Wicker Ave., Unit E, Cedar Lake. 219.390.7600. gritfitnessnwi. This is a plyometric fat burning class with weighted bars and a mat used for push-ups and planks.

Group Cycling

ONGOING, 9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Saturdays. Hammond Family YMCA, 7322 Southeastern Avenue, Hammond. 219.845.1507. crymca.org. Indoor Cycling is a class for all ages and fitness levels that uses a unique stationary bicycle in a group environment free from weather and traffic. It is open to members of all levels with four unique cycling classes.

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