Exercise & Fitness

9 Rocktober Events To Keep You Fit And Healthy

Photograph by Aaron Lindberg.

Whether you’re ready to run for a cause, golf to raise funds or raise awareness of breast cancer, there’s plenty of activities happening in Kansas City.

October 1 – Sibling Preparation for Birth: This class is designed for siblings, parents and sibling support persons who are planning to be present during the labor and birth of a baby at New Birth Company. Topics will include how babies grow, preparing for birth, rules and behavior for involvement in birth, how babies arrive, roles during mom’s labor, how mom’s act in labor and how you can help with a new baby. This class is required for each child who is under age 14 who will be present at birth. Class will include a tour of birth center. New Birth Company, 9209 W. 110th St., Suite 36, Overland Park. Learn more about New Birth Company at newbirthcompany.com.

October 4 – Helping Toddlers Make the Turn Golf Classic: Come spend a day on the golf course and help amazing children served by Infant Toddler Services of Johnson County. The 4th Annual Helping Toddlers Make the Turn Golf Classic will be played at the Prairie Highlands Golf Course, 14695 S. Inverness St., Olathe. Registration prices vary from an individual golfer ($110) to a sponsor ($2,500). The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with registration, lunch, silent auction and putting contest. 1 p.m. shotgun start. 5:30-6:30 p.m. awards reception. The format is a 4-person scramble. Learn more and register at itsjc.org.

October 5 – Sounds In Kansas City 5K Run and Walk: Sponsored by Saint Luke’s Midwest Ear Institute, this fifth annual 5K will helps support the “Ears That Hear” program, which helps patients who need hearing aids get the assistance they need. There will be prizes for participants following the run. $80. Time will be determined. The Pavilion in the Park at Shawnee Mission Park, 7900 Renner Road, Shawnee. For more information, contact Irwin Herrero at iherrero@saint-lukes.org or go to saintlukesgiving.org.

October 10 – Shape Up Weight Loss Challenge: Join Excelsior Springs’ Parks and Recreation for the Shape Up Excelsior Springs Weight Loss Challenge. During the 8-week challenge, participants weigh-in weekly and participate in healthy activities. Weight loss will be based on percentages. Weekly and overall winners will receive gift cards and other prizes. The cost is $15 for each individual. Ages 18 and up. Register online via active.com by searching Shape Up Weight Loss Challenge. Community Center Exercise Room at G.L. “Jud” Palmer Community Center, 112 S. Thompson Ave., Excelsior Springs.

October 12 – JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes & 5K: Visit JDRF is the main organization doing research on the cure and prevention of Type 1 diabetes. This event involves more than 11,000 participants coming together to support the cause. There will also be entertainment, an area for kids and a live stage. 9 a.m.  Truman Sports Complex, I-70 and Blue Ridge Cutoff. For additional information, contact Sherri Lozano at slozano@jdrf.org or visit jdrf.org/kansascity.

October 12-13 – Trek Breast Cancer Awareness Ride:  Please join in and ride to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention, screening, treatment and funding a cure. Ride for all ages and abilities. Door prizes will be given out along with a sweepstakes to win a Trek Lexa. Goodie bags for pre-registered participants. Marked route and on-route support and refreshments will be available. 100 percent of ride registration goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Ride begins at 10 a.m. Trek Bicycle Store, 10412 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Shawnee. Learn more at trekbicyclestores.com.

October 13 – Cross Out Cancer Cyclorace: The Livestrong Army of KC invites cyclists to this annual event that takes riders through the bike trials of Shawnee Mission Park in Lenexa. Proceeds from the race benefit local organizations who work to fight cancer. The event also features family-friendly events, such as a moonwalk and a raffle. Helmets are required. For more information, visit usacycling.org.

October 13 – The Rock ‘n Roll Walk ‘n Roll:  The Whole Person, a disability advocacy program that helps people with disabilities take advantage of employment opportunities, puts on this walk during October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The walk includes live music, accessible family activities and refreshments.  Prizes will be awarded for fundraising, and donations are welcome. Further event details are to be determined. To learn more, contact Elizabeth Wheeler at ewheeler@thewholeperson.org or visit thewholeperson.org.

October 19 – Waddell and Reed Kansas City Marathon: This annual event includes a full and half marathon, a team relay, 5K and a kid’s race. The route takes runners through the Plaza, Brush Creek, Loose Park, Ward Parkway, Waldo and Brookside. The marathon starts at 7:05 a.m. with the start and finish lines across from Crown Center at 22nd Street and Grand. More than 2,000 runners are expected to participate in the marathon and more than 6,700 in the half. For more information on registration, visit waddellandreedkansascitymarathon.org.