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  • 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)

This race is any gym teacher's dream: a 24-hour trail running relay race. Grab your friends and camping gear for a two-day trail running event. Points are awarded based on the difficulty and number of laps completed. Other team members will compete in mini-competitions at the Race HQ while team members are out running.

Saturday, October 23

Trick-or-Trail 5K and Fun Run

Photo Courtesy of Gaston County Family YMCA

Warlick Family YMCA

2221 Robinwood Rd., Gastonia

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Run or walk your way through the Sytz Trail System at the Warlick Family YMCA. The 5K begins at 8 a.m., with the Fun Run starting at 9 a.m. The one-mile Fun Run is perfect for people and children of all ages, running for enjoyment rather than competition. Costumes are encouraged with prizes for best costume (dogs included).

Sunday, October 24

Vicious Cycle 12 Hour MTB Relay Race

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)

This 12-hour event involves a multi-lap relay race, with points awarded based on number and difficulty of laps completed. Solo racers and teams of 2 or 4 are encouraged to register ($75 per-person). A series of mini-competitions will occur at Race HQ for idle team members.

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