Fitness briefs: Tortoise and Hair 5K set for Sunday; more
Tortoise and Hair 5K set for Sunday
The Tortoise and Hair 5K will return to Pittsburgh at 9 a.m. Sunday with a new course that will begin at the lower Frick Park parking lot.
Dogs and strollers are permitted in the race. Dogs must be leashed, and owners must have proof of their vaccination. People walking or running with strollers must begin near the back of the pack.
The cost for the race ranges from $15 to $20. Children 5 and younger can walk or run for free.
Proceeds will benefit the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. The organization uses the money for research programs to find a cure for the disease, which causes hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere.
For more information or to register, visit www.tortoisehairpgh.org. Registration closes on Friday.
EliteFIT class starting
Robinson-based Umberger Performance is starting a fitness class that is designed to be a safer alternative to CrossFit.
The workout, called EliteFIT, will focus on proper running and jumping techniques to avoid injury. Major strength movements, with the exception of Olympic weightlifting, will be used in the workout.
For more information on the EliteFIT class, as well as others offered by Umberger Performance, visit www.umbergerperformance.com.
Kayak under the moon in Moraine State Park
People can kayak beneath a full moon during an event sponsored by Venture Outdoors.
The paddle is scheduled for 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 on Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park. Experienced guides will lead the paddle.
Participants must be 12 or older and have kayaking experience.
For more information, visit www.ventureoutdoors.org.
Clean Air Dash scheduled for Oct. 19
A 5K scheduled for next week is aimed at raising awareness about the air quality in Western Pennsylvania.
The Clean Air Dash will take place at 9 a.m. Oct. 19 on the South Side Riverfront Trail, off of South 18th Street. The cost is $25, and registration will close on Oct. 16.
A festival featuring an awards ceremony, food, family-friendly activities and entertainment will take place after the race.
The event is sponsored by the Group Against Smog and Pollution and the Breathe Project.
For more information or to register, visit www.gasp-pgh.org.
Hike for Hope to benefit caregiver support group
A hike this month in Raccoon Creek State Park will be geared toward individuals and families.
During Hike for Hope, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27, participants will be able to choose as many as three trails to hike. Each trail has a different level of difficulty and distance. Hike leaders will be available upon request.
Cost for the event is $20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and younger and $50 for families of four or more people. Proceeds will benefit Hope Grows, a nonprofit involved in supporting caregivers.
For more information, visit www.hopegrows.net. Registration closes on Oct. 26.