Have you recovered from Christmas yet? Feeling about as stuffed as that holiday turkey? If so, you’re like most Americans who gain between 5 and 10 pounds during the holiday season. But don’t worry. A new year is right around the corner. And what better way to get it started than by committing to a fitness event? With our chilly Treasure Valley weather, there are fewer outdoor road races, but you can still find ways to get out and be active in January. Our local mountain, Bogus Basin, provides several options for exercise. Here’s a list to help you start the new year in a healthy way.
Tuesday, January 1
Great Polar Bear Challenge This annual fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation encourages folks to raise funds and then take the plunge into the icy waters of Lucky Peak. It’s a crazy way to kick off the New Year, but it’s all for a good cause. For more information, click on this link.
New Year’s Day Run/Walk This 5K race starts and finishes at the Ram Restaurant, across from Bronco Stadium, at Broadway Avenue and Myrtle Street. Proceeds help to support the Treasure Valley YMCA Team Idaho Track and Cross Country Club. For more information, click on this link.
Saturday, January 5
Predator Hunting Classic Seminars at Cabela’s There will be a variety of seminars taking place at Cabela’s, located at 8109 West Franklin Rd., Boise, to help you prepare for your next hunt. Saturday’s topics include: Predator Calls and Decoys, A Deadly Combination; Call Like a Pro; Youth Calling Station; All the Right Gear; and Successful Predator Hunting. All events take place in the Hunting Department. For more information, click on this link.
Sunday, January 6
Predator Hunting Classic Seminars at Cabela’s continues. Sunday topics include: Ladies Gear—the Best Options for the Lady Predator Hunter; Call ‘em Close—Predator Hunting Tactics for the Archery Hunter; Firearms for the Predator Hunter; and Tracks and Trails, How to ID Predator Hunters in the Field. For more information, click on this link.
Saturday, January 12
Cross Country Ski Clinic at Bogus Basin All skill levels are welcome at these two-hour sessions. Choose from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., or 1 to 3 p.m. You can choose skate or classic stride instruction. The clinics take place at the Bogus Basin Nordic Center, Frontier Point Lodge. Registration fees are $42 for one session, or $63 for both. For more information, click on this link.
Saturday, January 19
Caldwell Indoor Mini Triathlon Taking place at the Caldwell Family YMCA, this 4th annual event features 8 laps in the pool, cycling 6 miles on an indoor bike, and then running 2 miles on a treadmill. For more information, click on this link.
Freezeout Challenge If you’re up for a little drive, head over to Emmett for a true test of fitness, racing up Freezeout Hill in the cold. This 12K loop course begins and ends at the Gem County Fairgrounds. There’s also a short course, which is just under 4 miles. For more information, click on this link.
Friday, January 25
Full Moon Friday Night at the Nordic Center On the Friday night closest to a full moon, Bogus Basin keeps the Nordic Center open late for night skiing, and they offer half priced group lessons, and discounted rental fees. This is a great way to spend an active Friday evening with your family or friends. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, click on this link.
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How will you stay active in January?
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