This month we mark the official start of the holiday season when we sit down to the biggest feast of the year on Thanksgiving. It’s the time of year when we give thanks – for food, fitness, friendship, and family. Oh, and for food.
But we’re also super grateful for all the awesome events taking place this November in Boston. Obviously, it’s not hard to get off track during the holidays, but signing up for these fun happenings will make staying active a little easier. And that’s something to be thankful for.
the Savage Games, a two-hour fitness beatdown that’s making its return this month at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville. It’s a team competition, so team up with your fittest friends…or come alone and meet a new crew that’s just as tough as you. The winners get killer prizes and major bragging rights. And everyone gets to stick around for some R&R at the after-party. November 5.What happens when you combine challenges from Ninja Warrior, Parkour, obstacle racing, and indoor rock climbing? You get
Under Armour is launching its first Brand House store in Boston with the 50 Flight Fight. This nonstop run up 50 flights of stairs in the Prudential Center honors Boston’s toughest athletes, the first responders of the Boston Police Department and Fire Department. Test your own toughness with a vertical climb up the Pru, Boston’s second-tallest building, alongside those who fight to keep us safe every day. (Though, you don’t have to wear 50lbs of gear.) November 5.
Barre. Yoga. Juice. (that’s the name of the event, too). We can hardly think of a better way to start a Saturday. The event kicks off with a 45-minute mat-based barre workout that’s sure to keep you on your toes. Next up is a relaxing 45-minute all-levels yoga session that will leave you refreshed and restored. And after all that moving around, you’ll need to refuel. Lucky for us, The Juice Union will be on hand with samples of its vegan concoctions. November 5.This next event combines three of our favorite things:
The calendar may say that Halloween is over, but don’t tell that to the organizers of Panic in the Dark. Voted one of the scariest runs in the country by Runner’s World, Panic in the Dark is unlike any obstacle race you’ve tackled to date. Runners wear headlamps to complete the 5K course, which is lined with zombies and other horror-filled challenges (bring an extra pair of pants). Expect lots of tricks…and a few treats, like the Blood Bash After Party. November 5.
There are few things we look forward to more each week than Sunday brunch. But before we pack in the home fries and bacon, we like to get our sweat on. So it’s probably no surprise that we love the concept behind Brunch Fit, which combines workouts with our favorite meal of the week. This month Brunch Fit is hosting a Cize Live Dance Party, so you can shake your booty before refueling with eats from Stats Bar + Grille. Sounds like a perfect Sunday Funday to us. November 6.
hiking or trail running. So we were stoked to hear about the Fall for the Fells Trail 5K, a brand new race that benefits the Friends of the Fells, which works to preserve and protect the reservation. The 3.1-mile single-track course was designed with both experienced and new trail runners in mind. Once off the trail, keep the fun going with the Fall Fun Fest at the finish. November 6.The Middlesex Fells is one of our favorite city escapes for
The Lights Out is coming to Brooklyn Boulders Somerville to release their new concept album, T.R.I.P., about traveling through parallel realities (yes, it’s trippy). After the lights go down, the band will put on a mind-bending experimental stage show of light and color. Most importantly, the interactive party includes headlamp climbing as well as glowing art and a special surprise from neighbors Aeronaut Brewing Co. November 12.
Our dreams for a long fall at Fenway were dashed early this year. But just because the Sox are done, doesn’t mean the ballpark is closed. In fact, you can take to the field at the Spartan Sprint Fenway this month. This three- to five-mile race is dotted with 20 Signature Spartan Obstacles, so it’s built to be challenging, but accessible for athletes of all levels. Like Big Papi, finish strong. November 12 and 13.
Cambridge hosts dozens of races every year, but most of them are on the shorter side. That’s all about to change with the first running of the Cambridge Half Marathon this month. It starts and ends at the CambridgeSide Galleria and in between, you’ll run through Kendall, Central, Inman, Harvard, and Porter Squares…so it’s a true Tour de Cambridge. Stick around after the race to toast your finish at an after-party sponsored by Notch Brewing, Slumbrew, and Bantam Cider. November 13.
b.good and beverages like cider and mimosas. Cheers! November 19.Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a newbie, the Citython 5K and Brunch is for you. The beautiful 3.1-mile course, designed by the Boston Marathon race director, takes you through some of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods like the Back Bay and Kenmore. But the real fun starts after your cross the finish line. Refuel at a post-race brunch featuring breakfast bowls from
Aeronaut Brewing in Somerville is all about community, so it hosts tons of fun events, like bike workshops and trivia. Now, it’s the scene of Yoga Brewha, a one-hour, all-levels vinyasa flow yoga class. The vast space is the perfect place to spread out your mat and unwind from the week. After savasana, find “barstool pose” to sample some of Aeronaut’s unique brews. Bonus: Bring some canned goods to help those in need at Thanksgiving and you’ll be entered to win sweet raffle prizes. November 19.
A Thanksgiving Day tradition, the Gobble Gobble Gobble four-miler is beloved in the Boston area. Thousands of runners line up in Somerville to get their sweat on before eating themselves into a food coma later. The mood for the race is light and whimsical – you’ll see whole families running together and turkey day costumes are encouraged. Looking for more holiday races? Check out our post on the best ones in Boston to help you stay active – and have fun – all season long. November 24.
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