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Motivating Central Wisconsin to live healthier, more active lives by producing and promoting challenging aerobic activities and recreational resources that encourage active lifestyles.

What is your favorite way to be active? Get out and get moving in Portage County, Wisconsin. Explore the wonderful ways to stay moving and healthy on foot or bike in the Central Wisconsin region. Register and train for an upcoming event with family and friends, or just explore the trails and routes for fun.

Being active helps reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, stress-related issues and other health problems stemming from being sedentary. Find fun ways to reduce your risk, and participate in local health and fitness events, like Walk Wisconsin.

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January 05, 2021
Free Tai Chi

Join Deborah Adams in a weekly Tai Chi class. “Movements are easy and flowing, and as she says, if you are doing something, you are doing it right.” No previous experience necessary. Free and open to the public. 60 minutes – Free

Clinically shown to:

-Reduce Stress & Boost the Immune System
-Lower Blood Pressure & Aid in the Healing of Major Illnesses
-Reduce Anxiety and Depression and Open Clarity in the Mind
-Reduce Joint Pain
-Improve Balance and Coordination and Increase Full Range of Motion
-Enhance Restorative Sleep

Ages 10 & Up

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May 02, 2021
Sunday Crosswind Ride

This ride takes place If there is no other event scheduled on Sunday:  Meet at Emy J’s, downtown Stevens Point at 9:30 am for a social/recreational ride of 25-30 miles.  There is no assigned leader for this group, so the route and speed of the group is dictated by those who show up.  Occasionally riders will return to Emy J’s for treats and socializing.

Note:  This ride for years was known as the “Tailwind Ride”.  With the advent of COVID-19, it makes more safety sense to ride with a crosswind, rather than a tailwind!!

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May 03, 2021
Monday Sport Ride

Mondays, May thru August, departs 5:30 PM from Municipal Parking lot #2 (by Chase Bank)
Moderate-fast-pace (17-19 mph) organized sport ride. No gaps, no drops.This open, moderate-paced, sport ride leaves from the City parking lot north of Chase Bank, downtown Stevens Point, 601 Main Street, at 5:30 PM each Monday. We ride local routes of 35-45 miles. After a short 3-8 mile warm up, we usually settle into cruise speeds of 17-19 mph (no wind, flat terrain), and usually average overall 16-17 mph for the ride. Our ride is continuous, except for traffic stops. This is tempo riding in which we stay together as a group, and we refrain from paces or accelerations that can drop fellow riders.

This is a social, sport ride open to any sport cyclist, seasoned or wanting to gain more experience in drafting and paceline riding. The goal is to ride together at a good pace and enjoy ourselves. In order to stay together and be somewhat organized, we ride using the principals of “Formation Cycling”, in which the ride leader sets and keeps the pace, keeps us together, and reminds us to ride at no more than two-abreast on the road. We also are courteous to others on the road, motor vehicles as well as fellow cyclists.

All riders must wear approved biking helmets, and you are asked not to use aerobars if your bike is equipped.

Because this ride may be well attended, for safety reasons, it is important for the group to remain together and ride no more than two abreast on the road.

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May 04, 2021
Tuesday Social Ride

This group leaves from parking lot in Iverson Park at the east end of Jefferson St./Hillcrest Dr. at 5:30 PM each Tuesday (5:00 in September). The ride will be canceled in the event of rain. We ride routes of 12-16 miles on local roads just outside of Stevens Point/Plover. Some portion of the route is on the Green Circle Trail so this is a great opportunity to ride your mountain or cross bike. We may stop once or twice during the ride depending on the needs of the group. We stay together during the ride and will leave no one behind. If rider(s) fall back, we lower the tempo. We socialize as we enjoy the trails and country roads.

All riders must wear approved biking helmets. Consider bringing water and a spare tube. If you don’t know how to fix a flat tire, someone will help you.

Because this ride may be well attended, for safety reasons, it is important for the group to remain together and ride no more than two abreast on the road.

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May 05, 2021
Wednesday Social Ride

This group leaves from City parking lot north of Chase Bank, 601 Main Street, in downtown Stevens Point at 5:30 PM each Wednesday. Depending on those who show up, we ride local routes of 20-35 miles. After a short 3-5-mile warm up, we usually settle into cruise speeds of 14-17 mph (no wind, flat terrain), and usually average overall 13-15 mph for the ride. We may stop once or twice during the ride depending on the needs of the group. We stay together during the ride, staying away from paces or accelerations that will leave behind fellow riders. If rider(s) fall back, we lower the tempo and someone goes back to pace the rider(s) back to the main group. We socialize as we enjoy the local country roads.

All riders must wear approved biking helmets, and you are asked not to use aerobars if your bike is equipped.

Because this ride tends to be well attended, for safety reasons, it is important for the group to remain together and ride no more than two-abreast on the road.

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May 17, 2021
Yoga in Schmeekle

Yoga + Nature = Yes Please!
Join Ana Marie Yoga for these All-Levels Vinyasa classes. Tune in to the sounds of birds chirping, take in prairie views, and soak up the sunshine from the new Pankowski Friends Amphitheater in Schmeekle Reserve.
FREE during the month of May!
Park in the Visitor Center lot. The Amphitheater is located behind the Menzel Pavilion. Set up your mats Red Rocks style!

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May 22, 2021
PABS/Ruby Campout

We're going camping by bike!  Join us for a beautiful ride from PABS to Hartman Creek State Park in Waupaca County (35 Miles), where we'll be camping at a large group site for the evening.  We'll feed you an excellent spaghetti dinner, have some fireside chats, and maybe a few Central Waters beverages.  Sunday morning, we'll cook you breakfast while piping-hot RUBY Coffee is delivered to our campsite.  Once we fuel up on delicious food and coffee, we'll make our way back to Stevens Point.  Limited attendance available; reserve your spot on our first 2021 campout event.  (Approximately 75 total miles over two days)

 

Photo by Mike Erskine on Unsplash

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May 29, 2021
Virtual Walk Wisconsin 2021

Join us for a Virtual Walk Wisconsin in 2021!

Pick your distance, start training, then hit your favorite trail between May 29 to June 5 for Walk Wisconsin! Near or far, you can enjoy this annual event from wherever you are.

To participate, start training for your distance, quarter marathon, half marathon, or a full marathon. Then, register before April 30, to participate in the virtual event. Participants will have the option to select a t-shirt and finisher medallion (for a fee), to be picked up or shipped to you. Pick-up will be available May 24-29, 2021 at 1105 Main Street, Ste A., Stevens Point.

Registered walkers are encouraged to add their completed mileage to be added to the Virtual Walk Wisconsin Tracker (coming soon!). Participants will receive an email (with instructions) for how to add their miles. Complete the distance in one day, or a bit every day during the week of the virtual event - it's up to you!

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June 05, 2021
Flow Yoga

This vinyasa class will guide you to build strength, balance and flexibility as you synchronize your breath with movement. Center your mind and experience vibes of renewal in a lovely spa setting. Offered at The Wellness Spa, located at 3916 Water Street, Stevens Point, WI.

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June 19, 2021
Summer Solstice Community Ride

Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime! We're so excited to roll with our cycling community again!

This will be our first large group ride since 2019, so for our first stop, we're taking in the sunset views at Con & Bob's Lake Side Bar.  The riverside back lot of this fine establishment is one of our favorite spots to catch a glimpse of mother natures crepuscule and to play a few rounds of u-lock toss.  From there, we will embark on a paved back roads journey along the northside of town with added stops at a couple of our favorite watering holes. We will end our ride at the Mathias Mitchell Public square.  This is a 21+ event.

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July 17, 2021
2021 Pedal Point Rally

The Boys & Girls Club of Portage County and the Hostel Shoppe will be hosting the 13th annual Pedal Point Rally (formerly Bike for Boys & Girls Club) as both a virtual at-home biking challenge and an in-person celebratory bike ride. Participants can choose to do the virtual challenge, celebratory in-person ride, or both!

Those who complete their free, month-long challenge from June 1st - June 30th and raise at least $25 in donations or pledges will receive a t-shirt and water bottle. Awards will also be given out to the participant who bikes the most miles and the participant who raises the most in pledges or donations.

Participants who choose to bike in the celebratory ride can choose from three different ride lengths, including a 20 mile ride, 13 mile ride, or 4 mile ride. Registration will cost $25 per adult and $10 per child and will include lunch, t-shirt, and a water bottle.

During this year's virtual and in-person Pedal Point Rally, we hope we can safely bring your families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors together for fun-filled bike rides through picturesque Portage County to support children in our community.

When & Where

Virtual Challenge Details:
When: Tuesday, June 1st through Wednesday, June 30th, 2021
Where: Anywhere you would like!
Cost: Free, but you must donate/pledge $25 or more to receive a t-shirt, water bottle, and be entered to win prizes.

In-Person Event Details:
When: July 17th, 2021
Where: Hostel Shoppe
3201 John Joanis Dr, Stevens Point, WI 54482
Cost:
Adults: $25 per person
Children: $10 per person
Ride Lengths: 20 miles, 13 miles, or 4 miles

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July 18, 2021
Camp Shutout

As soccer coaches who have dedicated their careers to the goalkeeper position, we are excited about the opportunities and challenges that this year’s Camp Shutout brings. We understand that the goalkeeper is still the most neglected player on a team. While camp settings have made strides to remedy that problem, not all camps provide the most benefit for every player. This camp is designed to push goalkeepers to new levels and help maximize their potential.

This camp is open to goalkeepers of all levels and abilities; this is a great introduction to serious goalkeeping. The camp maintains all of the great features of past Camp Shutouts, including a low keeper/coach ratio and interaction with high-level college GKs.

We are also excited to offer the 19th year of Camp Shutout The Advanced Sessions! Our intention is to create the ultimate in goalkeeper training. Whether you are entering your first year of high school or your first year of college this camp will help you attain your potential. The Advanced Sessions will teach the fundamentals techniques at a quicker pace than Camp Shutout, thus allowing more time for advanced skills like those necessary at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. If you are a high school-aged goalkeeper and are serious about goalkeeping, Camp Shutout The Advanced Sessions is the camp for you!

Photo by Joshua Hoehne on Unsplash

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July 30, 2021
Ride Across Wisconsin Rally

2021: Choose Your Own Adventure!
July 30-Aug 2, 2021
225 Miles: 4 days to ride
LA CROSSE, WI TO GREEN BAY, WI

Once again, we will revisit our glorious route across the central area of the state.  But, we have eliminated the mass start and large group gatherings that increase the potential of spreading the COVID-19 virus. The upside?  Even more ways to “RAW”.  Grab a small group of friends and challenge yourself to complete the ride in one day. Or, take your time and complete the ride in 2, 3 or even 4 days. 

In 2021, RAW will be half the price - with twice as many days to complete your ride.  The course will be marked, and SAG and technical assistance will be available, but the experience will be largely self-guided.

This ride goes through and stops in Plover and Amherst! 

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July 31, 2021
Reggae Fireworks Community Ride

Bumpin' feel-good reggae music on our ride to the Celebrate Plover Day Fireworks!

Join us for our 6th annual Reggae Fireworks Community Ride. We'll be bumpin' feel-good reggae tunes while we roll to the always impressive "Celebrate Plover" fireworks! (16 total miles)

Your Responsibilities:

  • Bicycles must be in working order prior to riding
  • Follow directions from group leaders
  • Respect all traffic laws (We represent cycling culture)
  • Don't get trashed (That ain't cool)
  • Leave no trace
  • Helmet & Light-set
  • Signed release of liability, waiver, and assumption of risk form
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August 14, 2021
PaddleQuest

Paddlequest 2021 will return in August, hope to see you then! -Cap'n Matt

PaddleQuest is a unique competition set in a world of fantasy held since 2002 in Stevens Point, WI. Paddle from place-to-place meeting characters, solving puzzles and completing challenges. Learn more about this unique outdoor event here.

PaddleQuest has partnered with Create Portage County to deliver the same PQ magic but with additional support on the ground and water. Among some of the new additions: Live music in the park, pancake breakfast for questers Sunday morning, and camping near Bukolt! The ceremony will be held at the end of Day 1, meaning that the Day 2 events will determine the future storyline of PaddleQuest. Scoring will be simplified a bit and waiting in line to be scored will be a thing of the past. Registration will begin in March, with a registration cap at 80 teams.

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August 16, 2021
Business on the Green

The Ambassadors Club of the Portage County Business Council will be holding their 32nd annual golf outing, Business on the Green on Monday, August 16th at two highly rated Wisconsin courses - Stevens Point County Club and the newly remodeled SentryWorld Golf Course. With over 240 golfers participating and additional business representatives attending the 19th Hole Networking Event (after golf) at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, the 2021 event will be a great environment to expand your contacts. 

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