This summer has been a serious scorcha, but that’s no excuse to stay home and miss out on all of the events going on in Boston. August is a notoriously quiet month in the city, but there’s no shortage of fun, fit happenings this year.
Summer is so quick here, blink and it’ll pass you by. So no matter how high the temperature rises, get out there and get after it. We’ll be right there beside you holding the sunscreen.
Get ready for what might just be the most fun 5K of your life when you sign up for the ROC (Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge) Race! Not only will you get to get to take to the field at Gillette Stadium like our beloved Patriots, but crazy costumes and teams are encouraged. During the 3.1-mile race, you’ll tackle challenges like the Wrecking Ball, the Sweeper, and even a four-story waterfall. Clearly, the ROC Race is no ordinary 5K. August 6.
Probably the most famous cycling event in New England, the epic Pan-Mass Challenge takes place this month in a bid to raise $46 million for charity. Yes, you read that right. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will put that money to good use caring for those with cancer and researching the disease. More than 6,000 cyclists will take on one- or two-day routes of 25 to 190 miles that wind through 46 Massachusetts towns. The reasons to ride are clear: Push yourself to the limit while doing good for those in the Boston community who need it most. August 6 and 7.
Spending weekends on the Cape is a staple of summers in Boston. And this August you can have a totally unique experience when you flee the city for a few days at the Love Yoga Fest. Aselton Park in Hyannis will host the two-day festival, which includes beach yoga, stand-up paddleboard yoga, and aerial yoga. Plus, there are sessions on nutrition and yoga for athletes. Get ready to do your down dog in one of the prettiest spots on the Cape. August 6 and 7.
Down Under School of Yoga is teaming up with the Brookline Department of Recreation and Public Health this summer for outdoor yoga in Knyvet Park. The one-hour, all-levels vinyasa practice takes place on Saturday afternoons in August. The best part? The classes are completely free! Just sign up in advance and bring your yoga mat to participate in the sunshine-filled sessions. Saturdays in August.
Few places have better views of Boston Harbor than the ICA (AKA the Institute of Contemporary Art) in the Seaport District. And now you can spend your Sunday mornings doing yoga on the museum’s beautiful deck with Namaste at the ICA. Taught by teachers from PopUpAsana as well as other Boston yogis, the one-hour, all-levels classes are the perfect way to wake up before Sunday brunch. Sundays in August.
This next event doesn’t take place in Boston, but the short drive north to Salem, N.H. will be totally worth it for the fun you’ll have. The Foam Glow 5K is not your typical 3.1-miler. For starters, the race takes place at night. That’s because you’ll be running through glowing foam and black lights throughout the course – think of it like a super healthy rave. After the run, stick around to refuel and party the night away. August 13.
Take your yoga mat on the road this month with two events from Yoga Around Town. First up is Yoga & Mimosas at Coopersmith in South Boston. Limber up with a one-hour yoga practice then unwind even further with mimosas and a healthy breakfast – think chia pudding parfait. Later this month, hit up Yoga Around Town On The Greenway for an amazing one-hour outdoor flow. Then hit the post-practice party at Central Wharf Co. August 13 and 24.
Round up your fave fit buddies for the trek out to Carter & Stevens Farm in Barre for the Spartan Race Boston Super Weekend. This 8- to 10-mile obstacle race was made for anyone looking to crank up the challenge factor. Runners will take on anywhere from 24 to 29 obstacles on super muddy terrain – tie those laces tight! And get ready for a race like none you’ve experienced before. August 13 and 14.
What’s that about what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? If it’s true, then you’ll be extra strong after running the Memphis Soul BBQ 5K at 11am mid-summer in the city. But it’ll all be worth it when you cross the finish line and spend the rest of the afternoon eating BBQ and jamming out to live soul music. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’re in Memphis instead of Somerville. August 14.
The GORUCK Tough Challenge isn’t a race, but it’s sure to be one of the most difficult fitness events you’ve ever attempted. You might have gathered this: it’s tough. Led by a Special Forces Cadre, this team event puts you and your class through 10-12 hours and 15-20 miles of challenges designed to push you past your limits. And there are two chances to take it on this August in Boston. The event may only last a day, but the lessons will last a lifetime. August 19 and 20.
PopUpAsana has taken the Boston yoga scene by storm in the last year by taking “Yoga Outside the Box.” And now it’s time to bend before you grab a brew! Kick off the night with a one-hour, all-levels Vinyasa practice then keep the good times rolling with a beer tasting from Castle Island Brewing. PopUpAsana friends at Luna, Cliff Bar, Justin’s Nut Butter and Krave Jerkey will be supplying snacks. August 25.
A few years ago Assembly Row in Somerville didn’t even exist. Now it’s full of apartments, shops, and restaurants…and a super fun end of summer 5K. The Race to the Row is actually a series of events: there’s a fast mile to kick things off, then a kids fun run, and lastly, the 3.1-mile race. Stick around for the killer post-race party, which includes food, drinks, and dessert! August 28.
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