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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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May 08, 2018
Bike Club Social Ride

Summary:
Tuesday, departs 5:30 PM from Iverson Park parking lot at the bottom of hill on
Jefferson St./Hillcrest Dr. Slow to moderate-pace (9-12mph) recreational/social ride.

The 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 cancelled 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.

The Riders:
We are a mixed group, married couples and singles. We all have differing levels of training, experience, and physical fitness. We share a passion for bike riding on the roads and trails, enjoy riding in a group, and enjoy the social aspects this ride offers. Some of us ride quite a bit, and others only get out once or twice a week. Conversations often revolve around our biking activities. Mostly, we enjoy riding at a fairly leisurely pace, taking in the scenic beauty, and enjoy being on the bike and visiting with others.

Will You Fit In?
If you can average 10-12 mph on a circuit ride of about 16 miles in which your cruise speeds vary from 9-13 mph as a result of wind, hills, etc., then you should be able to handle riding with this group. Because much of the time is spent on this ride in conversation with others, the pace is set to accommodate riding at a low to moderate effort level.

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May 08, 2018
Bike Club Sport Ride

Summary:
Tuesday, departs 5:30 PM from Hostel Shoppe.
Fast-pace (20-23 mph), sport club ride; must be self-supporting.

The Ride:
This group leaves from the Hostel Shoppe parking lot, 3201 John Joanis Dr., Stevens Point Wi 54482, at 5:30 PM each Tuesday. The ride is conducted over an established 42-mile route east of town. After a short 3-4 mile warm up, we usually settle into cruise speeds of 20-23 mph (no wind, flat terrain), and usually average overall 20-22 mph for the ride. The route offers five established sprint points where riders can choose to “Hammer Fest”, after which we regroup. We ride continuously, except for traffic stops. The group will try to stay together, staying away from paces or accelerations that drop fellow riders in between sprint points. If gaps do occur, especially on hills or during sprints, the main group will slow a bit to help the rider(s) recover and get back on, or the rider(s) will tell the group to go on without them. This ride is a solid B if you stay off the sprints, A if you participate in them, and especially if you attack Morgan Hill.

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

The Riders:
None of us are experts or professional bike riders. We all have differing levels of training, experience, and physical fitness. We share a passion for bike riding on the road, enjoy riding in a group, and seek to become better riders. Most of us ride 3-7 times a week or more and average 150-300 miles per week during the riding season; Tuesday is just one of other solo and group rides each week we participate in during the riding season. While we are all sport cyclists, some of us ride competitively as triathletes, and/or as amateur off-road or road racers.

Will You Fit In?
If you can average 20+ mph on an out-and-back or circuit solo ride of about 40 miles in which your cruise speeds vary from 19-24 mph as a result of wind, hills, etc., then you should be able to handle riding with this group. Because much of the time is spent on this ride drafting off other riders, you should be able to maintain at least 2 mph above what you can maintain solo. You will find the hills are going to be the greatest challenge to stick with the group.

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May 09, 2018
Heartland Bike Club Wednesday Social Ride

Summary:
Wednesday, departs 5:30 PM from Municipal Parking lot #2 (by Chase Bank)
Moderate-pace (13-15 mph) recreational/social ride

The 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.

The Riders:
We are a mixed group, married couples and singles. We all have differing levels of training, experience, and physical fitness. We share a passion for bike riding on the road, enjoy riding in a group, and enjoy the social aspects this ride offers. Some of us ride quite a bit, and others only get out once or twice a week. Many of us like to travel and tour on our bikes, and conversations often revolve around our biking activities. Mostly, we enjoy riding at a fairly leisurely pace, taking in the scenic beauty, and enjoying being on the bike and visiting with others.
Will You Fit In?

If you can average 14+ mph on an out-and-back or circuit ride of about 25 miles in which your cruise speeds vary from 14-17 mph as a result of wind, hills, etc., then you should be able to handle riding with this group. Because much of the time is spent on this ride in conversation with others, the pace is set to accommodate riding at a very low to moderate effort level. Still, you may find the hills to be the greatest challenge to stick with the group.

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May 10, 2018
Heartland Bike Club Thursday Precision Ride

Summary:
Thursday, departs 5:30 PM from Mr. Brews parking lot (off Cty HH & Hoover)
Fast-paced, organized sport ride; no gaps, no drops (20-23mph)
The Ride:

This open, fast, sport ride leaves from Mr Brews (2012 Cty Rd HH, Plover, WI), at 5:30 PM each Thursday. Depending on those who show up, we ride local routes of 40-50 miles. After a short 3-8 mile warm up, we usually settle into cruise speeds of 19-23 mph (no wind, flat terrain), and usually average overall 18-21 mph for the ride. Our ride is continuous, except for traffic stops. We ride to stay together, refraining from paces or accelerations that drop fellow riders. If rider(s) fall off the pace, we lower the tempo and, if necessary, someone goes back to pace the rider(s) back to the main group.

This is a social, sport ride open to any sport cyclist who is qualified. 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.


The Riders:
None of us are experts or professional bike riders. We all have differing levels of training, experience, and physical fitness. We share a passion for bike riding on the road, enjoy riding in a group, and seek to become better riders. Most of us ride 3-7 times a week or more and average 150-300 miles per week during the riding season; this ride is just one of other solo and group rides each week we participate in during the riding season. Some of us are triathletes, and swim and run too.

Mostly, we see ourselves as sport riders, as opposed to social riders or racers. Our cooperative spirit always restrains our competitive spirit. We share our knowledge and skills with each other so we all can be better group riders.


Will You Fit In?
Will You Fit In? If you can average 19+ mph on an out-and-back or circuit solo ride of about 35 miles in which your cruise speeds vary from 18-22 mph as a result of wind, hills, etc., then you should be able to handle riding with this group. Because much of the time is spent on this ride drafting off other riders, you should be able to maintain at least 2 mph above what you can maintain solo. You will find the hills are going to be the greatest challenge to stick with the group. If you are a very strong rider who is used to race situations and can not or do not want to cooperate with other riders in a group, this ride is probably not for you.

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May 12, 2018
Take A Ride

Introducing CAP Services’ Take a Ride fundraising ride!

Join CAP staff, clients and bicycling enthusiasts at Central Waters Brewing Company for loops of 10, 27, and 60 miles covering three of the five counties in CAP's service area.

Paid registrants will receive sag support, water/snack stations, ride sticker, Central Waters Brewing Company beverage chip, $5 Chef C's Munchie Mobile voucher, and a chance to win custom cycling jersey.

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May 13, 2018
Heartland Bike Club Sunday Tailwind Ride

Summary:
Sunday, departs 9:30 am from Emy J’s, downtown Stevens Point
Slow to moderate-paced, social/recreational ride; no gaps, no drops
The 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.

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May 13, 2018
2018 Wisconsin River Series

2018 Wisconsin River Series event in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Check in will begin at 4 A.M. at the Bukolt Park Boat landing. A 6 A.M. mandatory rules meeting will be held at the boat launch prior to take off. Weigh in will begin at around 3 P.M. with awards to follow. Payouts for spots 1-9. We will also be collecting a $10 donation for a local charity to be announced prior to the tournament. 50/50 raffle with half of the pot going to the charity and the other half going home with a team that donated. This will accumulate 5 additional points towards Team of the Year,

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May 19, 2018
2018 Washington Tiger Trek 5K/1 Mile Run/Walk

Washington Elementary School is excited to announce the 15th Annual Tiger Trek, to be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018. This event includes 5 KM run/walk and 1 mile fun run on certified courses. Races are open to people of all fitness levels. Last year, over 300 participants raced in this family friendly wellness event.

Tiger Trek not only provides an enjoyable event for families, but generates funds to support our Parent Teacher Organization’s efforts to support the school and the continued upkeep of our playground and track, and a portion of or proceeds continues to go to local community cause. A few examples of community causes that Tiger Trek has actively contributed to include: KASH playground, P.J. Jacobs Science Technology Fund, Portage County Humane Society, Operation Bootstrap, the Green Circle, and the Salvation Army. This year, a portion of the proceeds will go to support the Mobile Pantry of Stevens Point.

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May 19, 2018
Russell Gymnastics Color Fun Run

The Russell Gymnastics Booster Club is hosting an untimed 2.5-mile Color FUN Run on Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. Those who register online before May 5 will be guaranteed a race bib, color packet and T-shirt, as well as a registration cost of $25. After May 5 the cost to register will increase to $35. The run will start and end at Russell Gymnastics, 5208B Heffron Court, Stevens Point. Reserve your spot today!

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May 20, 2018
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk

Registration is free, but walkers are encouraged to raise funds. Your support will help accelerate innovative research and drug development, as well as advance care and advocacy. Nearly every CF drug was made possible by the Foundation and because of funds raised from Great Strides, people with CF are living longer, healthier lives and pursuing their dreams.

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May 26, 2018
5/24 Track & Field vs NCAA National Championships Track & Field vs NCAA National Championships\n http://athletics.uwsp.edu/calendar.aspx?id=6675
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June 01, 2018
Kids Walk Wisconsin

The Kid's Walk Wisconsin takes place primarily as a trail walk, safe for kids up to 10 years old and is stroller friendly for the real little ones. It is coordinated by the Central Wisconsin Children's Museum. The distances are 1/10th of the adult marathon and 1/2 marathon routes (2.6mi and 1.3mi.). Treats and fun along the way and at the end.

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June 02, 2018
Walk Wisconsin

Held annually the first Saturday in June each year, Walk Wisconsin is the premier walking event in the Midwest! This is a non-competitive event, encouraging walkers of all ages and ability levels. The full, 1/2 and 1/4 marathon events utilize the scenic Green Circle Trail which passes the Wisconsin River, Plover River, several lakes, and unique ecosystems. The trail base for all routes include a combination of wood chips, crushed granite, road surface and wood boardwalk.


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June 02, 2018
Family Day at Camp Glacier Hollow & Free Pancake Breakfast

Thinking about signing up for Summer Camp? Registered already and have questions? Want to meet our key leadership staff or support our camp scholarship fund? Attend this FREE Open House! Whether you are a seasoned camper or new to Glacier Hollow, come join us for a Family Day and FREE Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, June 2 from 9:00am-12:30pm

Breakfast begins at 9:00 a.m. Camp tours will be available from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., along with canoeing, kayaking, archery, and hiking.
Pre-register for breakfast by Friday, June 1.

Contact the YMCA Front Desk at 715-342-2980 to reserve your spot!

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June 03, 2018
Walk for Wags

Schedule of Events
Dogs and their owners are invited to participate in WALK FOR WAGS.
 10:30 a.m. — Registration for walkers and their dogs
 11:00 a.m. — 1.5-mile walk begins
  12:30 p.m. — Pet fashion and costume contest
 Kids games
 Win great prizes and baskets with raffle tickets and games
 Vendors will display pet products and services
 Music
 HSPC logo wear to purchase
 Walk held rain or shine
 Walk with or without a pet!
  Dogs must be on a leash and current on vaccinations
  Food and beverages available for purchase or included
if registered for the walk

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June 04, 2018
Y SPLASH: Free Water Saftety Course for Kids

The Stevens Point Area YMCA is offering Y Splash: A FREE water safety course the week of June 4-7. This course will cover beach, boating, and pool safety skills.
For swimmers ages 3-5, classes will be 30 minutes in length
For swimmers ages 6-12, classes will be 40 minutes in length

Classes begin for both age groups at 4:15, 5:00, or 5:45 p.m.
Children attend a one-day session, offered Monday-Thursday, June 4-7, 2018

The goal of the Y Splash: Water Safety program is to educate kids on being safe in and around water. This is especially important during the warm, summer months, when kids are more frequently exposed to pools, lakes, and beaches. This course provides kids with water awareness and safety skills, and gives parents additional confidence in how their kids behave around water. Registration is required in advance.

Registration is free and open to the public. To sign up call 715-342-2980 or visit the YMCA Front Desk .

In Observance of National Water Safety Month: Less than half of Americans can swim and thousands drown annually. Let's teach kids to be safe around water.

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June 05, 2018
Artha Yoga Studios Weekly Yoga Classes

Artha Yoga Studios, at 9784 County Road K, Amherst, WI
We built to enhance your yoga experience. Practice in the barn studio, that is uniquely built and designed with a southwestern feel. Enjoy the large windows which look out over trees and fields, bringing in the cool summer breeze and sunny winter light.
Fun yet challenging, flow-style class combines postures in sequences. Cultivate overall stamina, strength, and flexibility while gaining focus and peace of mind. It also includes, breathing techniques, meditation, relaxation, and Yogic philosophy. The Ultimate Yoga experience.

Marguerite Ramlow teaches vinyasa flow style yoga, encouraging each student to work within their own limits while guiding them to find the joy of proper alignment and strength in each pose. Meditation and time for inner reflection are an important part of her teaching. She is the owner of Artha Yoga Studios, a division of Artha Sustainable Living Center and teaches several classes a week at the Splash Fitness Center in Waupaca and Artha Yoga Studios in Amherst, WI. She also teaches various Yoga and Meditation Workshops and Retreats.

Marguerite Ramlow is a Experienced E200 hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher and Yoga Alliance Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher. She has been teaching since 1998 and practicing yoga for over 30 years.

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June 07, 2018
2018 Salute Charity Golf Outing

Spend a day on a beautiful course while raising money for a great cause!
All proceeds raised by this event benefit the Fox Valley Veterans Council (FVVC). Our Support of the FVVC provides emergency basic needs assistance to local Veterans and their families (www.foxvalleyveteranscouncil.org). June 2nd REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Register now as space is limited to the first 144 golfers. On June 6th all registered participants will receive final day-of-event details

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June 07, 2018
Special Olympics Wisconsin State Summer Games

The State Summer Games hosts aquatics, athletics (track & field), soccer and powerlifting competition to nearly 1,500 athletes from across the state. 640 coaches and 600 volunteers help make the event a success year after year! In addition to sports competition, State Summer Games also provides free medical exams to athletes through Healthy Athletes, and athletes have access to an eye exam, a dental screening and hearing exam, in addition to health education stations. The event is free to attend and spectate!

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June 12, 2018
Kids Fishing Clinic

Learn Basic Fishing skills with Prime Water Anglers members.
For girls and boys currently in 4th, 5th or 6th grade in the 2017 school year.
Classes to be held at a local school (TBD) on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 5:30-8pm
Fishing with a prime Water Angler member will be Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 5-8pm leaving from Bukolt Park boat landing.
FREE, but a $5 check is required to hold each child's spot on the class limited to 40, check will be returned after student completes both days. Deadline for registration is May 30th, 2018
instructors are certified DNR instructors who are members of Prime Water Anglers Club.
Each student will learn, casting, fish cleaning, knot tying and fish identification as well as prizes to win.
Contact Jeff Rauto at 715-345-0219 or Dennis Church 715-340-6830

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