It’s here, folks- the official start of the fall season. While everyone is extra pumped about pumpkin spice, apple picking, and cozying up in sweaters, there’s even more to be excited about on the fitness front. From the Pittsburgh StepTrek to Wine + Yoga classes and the Halloween Underwear Bike Ride, there’s a little something for everyone in October.
Running AND donuts? It’s true. Join the donut dash and run from Schenley Plaza up to Schenley Park and back before stuffing your face with some donuts. And then do it all over again! Proceeds benefit ALS research. Sweet, huh?
Nine-Mile Hike on the Rachel Carson Trail
Whether you’re gearing up for next year’s Rachel Carson Trail Challenge, or you just want to get outside for one more hike before the snow starts falling, you can join the folks from the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy for an 8.9-mile hike starting on Bull Creek Road near Tarentum. You’ll climb and descend about 2,400 feet — bring water!
Connect with growers from all over the region at the Harvest Feast at Frick Park. There’ll be food and fun for the whole family. We don’t have to tell you that local is cool.
If you can lift, you can lift. Arsenal Strength in Lawrenceville recognizes that and is supporting the LGBTQ+ with OUTWOD, a community CrossFit workout for all experience levels. Your registration fee is a donation towards the local LGBTQ+ group and it’s sure to be an amazing (and sweaty) time.
Ride bikes, end cancer. We wish it were that simple. But the 321 Ride is a start! All levels are welcome with three distance options: a seven-mile family trail ride, a 25-mile trail/road ride, or a 62-mile Great Allegheny Passage ride. All rides will start and end at the Heinz Field Quay along the North Shore Riverfront Trail.
Urban Yoga Hike by ASCEND
Join ASCEND and Urban Yoga Hikes for a day trip to Ohiopyle State Park. You’ll take your yoga and fitness outside while you enjoy all that nature has to offer.
The 2017 RunShadyside 5k run and one-mile family fun walk is your chance to explore the streets of Shadyside on foot and support a good cause while you’re at it. Oh, and chow down on pancakes. Start at the intersection of Ivy and Walnut St. and finish it off at the Boys and Girls Club of Shadyside for breakfast.
Ascend Steel Town Throwdown
Compete in a redpoint format competition, where you'll have three hours to accumulate as many points by successfully sending problems with assigned point values. After the climbing is finished, stick around for an after-party with a film screening of Uncharted Lines, along with beverages from Harris Grill and plenty of tasty food truck eats.
Ever wondered what is at the top of all of those random stairs in Pittsburgh? Head to the South Side for the 17th annual StepTrek to find out! The trek is self-guided, which means you can make it as long or short and competitive or casual as you want! Grab some friends—and a canned good for donation—and get ready to feel the burn!
Wellness Day @ CMOA
Nothing chases away the Sunday scaries quite like a little TLC for your mind and body. So shake off that Saturday night hangover, put the Netflix binge on hold, and head to the Carnegie Museum of Art for a one-day retreat dedicated to feeling good inside and out.
Fall Gear Fest
A follow-up to their spring event at the Ace Hotel, Gear Fest is back — this time in Schenley Plaza. The pop-up resale market for awesome outdoorsy equipment and apparel is sponsored by Three Rivers Outdoor Co.
Joggin’ for Frogmen 5k
Inspired by US Navy SEALs (Frogmen), The Joggin’ for Frogmen 5k race was created to bring communities together to jog in honor of the Naval Special Warfare communities and their families. The race starts and ends at the Schenley Oval Sportsplex.
West Penn Trail Triathlon
Head to Saltsburg for a seven-mile paddle, 14-mile bike ride, and 5k run. The paddle leg can be done in any non-motorized watercraft from Conemaugh Dam to Saltsburg, and the race can be done solo or as a 2 or 3 person team. So grab some friends and compete with them or against them!
The Move Your Maker: After Hours Party!
After the Maker Faire, make your way over to Union Fitness for free bootcamps at 4pm and 6pm, and yoga class 5pm. There will be some cool swag and even cooler prizes from Reebok given away every hour. Plus, there will be food trucks on site and beer from Rivertowne Brewing.
Pies, Pints & Poses at Mindful Brewing
Okay we’ve all heard of Yoga + Beer events, but Mindful Brewing is really taking this class to the next level with yoga, beer, AND PIZZA. Flow through a 90-minute all-levels class, then stick around for a slice of pie and a draft. You’ve earned it. Nothing says OM like waiting to dive into some specialty pizza and a cold brew.
Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk
Celebrate your city, cheer on your team, and break a sweat for a cause at this fifth annual Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk starting at PPG Paints Arena. Reminder: we’re back-to-back champs.
Run Your World Tour
The Run Your World Tour is your chance to run, sweat, and let loose for a good cause. The three-part event includes a fun run led by Fleet Feet Pittsburgh, a group workout coached by Mecka Fitness, and an after-party complete with eats, drinks, painting, crafts, and giveaways! Oh, and 100% of proceeds go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Win!
Fall Brawl 2017
R.A.W. Training is bringing together the local CrossFit community for a Fall Brawl in the Burgh. Get ready to put your skills to the test to compete for the crown of fittest male/female team around. Whether you’re there to take part or just watch the show, all are welcome to cheer on the competitors and chow down on some eats while you’re at it.
Trail Fest 2017
Ride, run, or hike at Trail Pittsburgh’s 2017 Trail Fest in North Park. Hit the trails at noon then head back to The Rose Barn after the sweat of your choice for a potluck with your fellow riders, runners, and hikers. If you’re not already convinced, complimentary brews will be provided by Trail Pittsburgh!
Taco Tuesday Run
Love to run? Love tacos? Well, the Taco Tuesday Run with Fleet Feet Pittsburgh and the PGH Taco Truck may be the fun run of your dreams. Pick the three- or five-mile route, put in some work, then head back to Fleet Feet's parking lot to chow down on some tacos and throw back a Corona with the local running community.
Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride Halloween Edition @ Spirit
Yep, it’s just what it sounds like. Strip down to your undies (go ahead; wear your spookiest pair!) and meet at the corner of 46th and Butler in Lawrenceville at 8pm. Remember your helmet, but leave the raunch at home—this ride is all about promoting a healthy body image!
Pittsburgh Vegan Festival
The Pittsburgh Vegan Festival is back again this month with a fall edition of everyone’s favorite vegan affair! Come for the vegan eats and free parking and stay for the Gingerbread House Competition, trick or treating (vegan treats, of course!), and live music.
Oms, Brews, and Arooos
Dogs (real ones), downward dogs (not the real ones), and pizza? What a combo! Head to Mindful Brewing Company for a 60-minute all-levels flow on Sunday, October 29th. After you close out your practice with big, confident “namaste”, stick around with your fellow yogis for pizza and beer. While we can’t bring our furry best friends to flow with us, this class benefits the Forever Home Beagle Rescue.
EQT 10 Miler
The race you’ve been waiting all year for is right around the corner! EQT’s 10 Miler, A.K.A Pittsburgh’s favorite fall road race, is gearing up to take the streets the first Sunday of November. Lace ’em’ up and we’ll see you at the start line.
Big Free Yoga by the Boulders @ASCEND
It’s big. It’s free. It’s the Big Free Yoga series at ASCEND headed your way! Get your flow on, then make a day of it and snag a climbing pass for just $10. And like magic, your Saturday plans are set. You’re welcome.
YMCA Turkey Trot
There’s nothing you need more on Thanksgiving Day morning than the chance to burn some calories… to make room for more, of course! The YMCA Turkey Trot is your chance to break a sweat, celebrate a tradition, and give back to a good cause.
Dirty Dozen Bike Ride
For the 35th time in history, the Dirty Dozen Bike Ride is taking to the hills of Pittsburgh this November, and this is your chance to say you’ve conquered the 13 steepest hills in the city. Are you up for the challenge?