• Katie McCarthy

Runners, Yogis, and Cyclists Rejoice: Wellness Events Coming to Gaston County

If you haven't noticed the Halloween décor covering your local grocery store, the Holidays are coming. As sweets and treats begin to swirl around you at every turn, what better time than now to unleash your active and outdoor side. Luckily for you, October (and a bonus event in September) is pack-full of wellness events in Gaston County. The best part? Most of these events are fit for beginners and experts alike. Whether you are looking to get into yoga for the first-time or find yourself to be a seasoned runner, there is something for everyone this month in Gaston County.

Thursday, September 30

Belmont Burn Boot Camp

Thirsty Dog Brewery

508 Woodlawn St., Belmont

6:30 p.m.

Burn Boot Camp is partnering with the Gaston County Animal Rescue for a pop-up and donation day at The Thirsty Dog Brewery. The free workout begins at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to donate to the event, the Gaston County Animal Rescue provided an Amazon Wishlist.

Friday, October 1

On Track Yoga Walking Club

On Track Yoga

121 S. Main St., Mount Holly

Tuesday & Friday 7:45 a.m.

On Track Yoga's walking group meets two mornings a week in from of their studio in Mount Holly. The group meets to walk and talk their way through downtown Mount Holly. This is a free community meet-up for anyone, so you do not need to be a yogi to participate. While you are in Mount Holly, attend a class before of after your walk.

Tuck Fest

Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

U.S. National Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte

Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (with extended summer hours)

Tuck Fest is back. This multi-day festival runs October 1-3 and celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos, and live music. The name “Tuck Fest” comes from the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail, a historical landmark located at the Whitewater Center. You can experience the sights and sounds of Tuck Fest without a ticket or registration (standard parking fees apply). Tuck Fest race registration is a one-time flat fee that grants access to all races and competitions throughout the three day festival.

Tuesday, October 5

Run Club Every Tuesday

Primal Brewery Belmont

52 Ervin Street, Belmont

6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Runners of all abilities, including walkers and ruckers, are welcome at Primal Brewery's Run Club. Routes range from 1, 3, 4, and 5 miles. All interested runners can meet at Primal Brewery Belmont at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 6

Beer Yoga Every Wednesday

Primal Brewery Belmont

52 Ervin Street, Belmont

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Enjoy an hour-long yoga class and a beer ($10) every Wednesday at Primal Brewery. Classes focus on Vinyasa flow and deep stretch, but new and returning students are both welcome.

Friday, October 8

Fall Fling

On Track Yoga

121 S. Main St., Mount Holly

Friday 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join On Track Yoga for their Fall Fling. Stretch your relationship to the next level with Partner Yoga, followed by a community potluck. Then, on Saturday, Downward Dog into Slow Flow, Buti Yoga, and a Fall Elemental Lifestyle Workshop. All classes are regular class pass or membership-based.

Saturday, October 16

Red Raider 5K

South Point High School

906 S Point Rd., Belmont

9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

The second annual Red Raider 5K will begin in South Point's Lineberger Stadium and will weave through the streets of Belmont. The money raised through this fun, family-friendly 5K will be employed to support all South Point athletes.

Friday, October 22

Kids Bike Rodeo

Dallas Park / Citizens Resource Center

1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy., Dallas

6 p.m.

This event is all about bike safety, with an outdoor obstacle course and classroom portion. Topics will include why helmets are important, basic bike safety tips, proper cycling turn signals, and basic bicycle maintenance. This class will be taught by the NC Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation with helmets available while supplies last.

24-Hour Relay Race

U.S. National Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte

Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (with extended summer hours)