As this month’s events came together, a theme emerged: It’s time to take our workouts outside. And that’s easy now that the days are getting longer and warmer. It feels like we were just welcoming spring, an unpredictable season in Boston. But as all New Englanders know, summer is definitely just around the corner.
We’ve got it so good, Boston. Whether you’re a yogi, a runner, or just want to get out of the gym, there are plenty of opportunities to sweat in the sun this June.
Instead of splitting after savasana, Grip the Mat is all about getting you to stick around to socialize. This month’s Vinyasa to Vino event combines an all-levels yoga class with a wine tasting – think of it like a mini-staycation with plenty of R&R. And if you can’t make it to the Grip the Mat event, PopUpAsana is hosting its own Vinyasa & Vino session later this month. More time, more wine! June 2.
Running on the Esplanade is a rite of passage for Boston athletes. But pounding out the miles by yourself day after day can get old fast. That’s where the Esplanade 5K comes in. It’s a super small annual race along the Charles River on an early summer evening. So, it’s a great place to kick off your summer running season. This year’s event is sold out – participation is limited to only 300 runners – so mark your calendar now for next year. And stay tuned for more details on the Esplanade’s Healthy, Fit and Fun free summer fitness series. June 2.
Most special events take place on the weekend, but the Brooklyn Boulders Festival is upending that by taking place on a Friday during work hours. That makes it the perfect excuse to play hooky (just say something came up…). Once you escape the office, come to Dewey Square for acroyoga, slacklining, live art and music, and much more. The fest takes the Brooklyn Boulders motto, “exist to inspire,” one step further, urging you to get inspired to climb something other than the corporate ladder. June 3.
Get ready to get muddy at the Spartan Sprint this month. The first Boston-area Spartan event of the year is in shoe-swallowing Barre, so the first step to completing the race is to drive the hour-and-a-half to the start. But with your squad in tow, the ride will soon seem like the easy part. The Spartan Sprint may only be three- to five-miles long, but the course is littered with 20-25 obstacles like the fire jump, Hercules hoist, and tire drag, so it’ll feel a lot longer. June 4-5.
The Freedom Run isn’t your typical 5K. Sure, the course travels 3.1 miles through Cambridge, but those who love the water as much as the land can tack on a kayak race to make this a two-sport trek. But the races are really just a way to warm up your legs before the post-race dance-off where you can finally break out that running man you’ve been practicing with your fellow runners. Celebrate crossing the finish line with free food and beer from local favorites Notch Brewing, Slumbrew, and Bantam Cider. June 5.
Consider this next one a super fun way to cross-train. Charles River Canoe & Kayak is hosting the Red Paddle Co Demo Tour this month so you can try stand-up paddleboarding for yourself – for free! Spend a summer evening sampling Red Paddle Co’s full line of boards while you learn tricks and tips for SUPing success. June 9.
The first leg of the Spectacle Island 5K involves taking a ferry from either Boston or Hingham to Spectacle Island out in the harbor, making it a super special race. You’ll be able to scope stunning views of the city skyline from this flat course that includes two loops around the island. Registration includes your ferry ticket plus lunch so you can picnic once you cross the finish line. Bring a bathing suit to cool off at Spectacle’s beach before you head home. June 12.
PopUpAsana aims to take “yoga outside the box” – or at least outside the studio – with its unique events. This month PopUpAsana heads to Everett for Bend & Sip at Short Path Distillery, a cool former factory that now pumps out small-batch rum and gin. You’ll get to sample what they make in a speciality cocktail after getting your down dog on with a one-hour, all-levels yoga class in the tasting room. June 16.
Go back to where it all started to celebrate Yoga Around Town with its One Year Birthday Flow at Sterling’s. Yoga Around Town aims to bring yoga into the Boston community by hosting classes at places like Carson Beach and on the Greenway. The One Year Birthday Flow kicks off with an hour-long, all-levels vinyasa class that’s followed by a DJ on the patio, a complimentary cocktail, and 50% off apps and flatbreads. Cheers! June 21.
Summer might not officially start until later this month, but since we slog through such long winters, everyone in Boston knows that we celebrate the season beginning on Memorial Day. And what better way is there to jump into summer than with FREE fitness classes outdoors all over Boston? The Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series starts now with free classes like yoga, Zumba, salsa, tai chi, and more happening at the city’s parks every day of the week. June 6 through September 2.
Whether you’re a total newbie or a Parkour expert, the American Rendezvous 2016 is for you. This two-and-a-half day Parkour festival is the perfect place to learn the basics or hone your technique through coaching from the sport’s leaders, workshops, and tons of hands-on Parkour action. Train indoors in Somerville on Saturday or take it outside to some of Boston’s best Parkour spots on Sunday. A tip: no one actually yells “parkour!” while jumping, flipping, or vaulting. June 24-26.
From the organizers who bring us the Boston Marathon comes the Boston Athletic Association 10K at the end of this month. The race starts and ends on Charles Street between the Public Garden and the Common and takes runners on a 6.2-mile tour of the Back Bay. Boston may be a pretty flat city, but don’t underestimate the Commonwealth Avenue hill, especially because this race is notorious for being a wicked scorcha. June 26.
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