September 27 Celebrate sisterhood at Women Run the Cities, one of ESPN’s top five races for women in the nation. Organizers say that this popular event—featuring 10-mile and 10K runs, a 5K run/walk and a girls’ 1-mile run—is great for experienced runners and newbies alike. The courses start and finish at gorgeous Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, and track along the Mississippi River. Register online; spots fill up quickly. Girls’ run open to ages 4–12. Prices vary by registration date and distance; $15–$70 and up.
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You and three guests (kids are more than welcome) will learn to rig a Sonar and, with an expert onboard, enter a race. Cool down with dinner and drinks, included in the price, at the MYC Grill & Chill. If racing sounds like a little too much, these instructors know how to slow down for an easygoing afternoon on the water. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $300. 5–8 p.m. Lake Minnetonka Sailing School, 19802 Minnetonka Blvd., Deephaven; 952.404.1645; lmss.us.
Kick off the summer with a brisk physical challenge on Lake Minnetonka. The triathlon will include a swimming section in the lake as well as biking and running onshore; some of the proceeds go toward charity. Worried about doing that all by yourself? Register with one or two friends as a relay team. All ages. $102 individual, $120 relay. Packet pick up 3:30–7 p.m. June 19, mandatory pre-race meeting 7 a.m. June 20. Race starts at 7:30 a.m..
Join Align Health and Wellness for a free dinner at the Wayzata Country Club and learn all about what it means to be healthy. Bring a few friends and get ready to make changes to your life. Align will also give the stage to anyone who wants to talk about their career or hand out business cards—so if you’d like to squeeze a little networking into your healthy diet, this is the night for you. Registration required. Adults. Free. 6–7 p.m.
Brad Robinson and author Linda Tedford will be signing copies of Brad’s just-released book, “The Price of Victory and the Fear of Innovation,” at Brightwater Clothing & Gear in downtown Excelsior on Saturday, June 6.
Put on your game face and get your competitive spirit going with adult kickball this summer. Seven weeks of competition will culminate in a playoff between the top four teams of each league. The leagues are separated by days of the week: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Ages 18 and up. $230. 6:10–8:30 p.m., Central Park in Hopkins, 101 16th Ave. S., Hopkins; 952.939.8203; eminnetonka.com.
You’re doing it right now. And again. And again. Breathing is so natural to us that we often neglect to notice its effect on our well-being. Recalibrate and practice healthy, calming breath work. The benefits are impressive: increase your energy, calm stress, focus your brain, improve your immune system and fight depression. You’ll even get stronger by breathing right (your back and abs will thank you). Ages 18 and up. $29.
Founded in 2004 by the Donnelly sisters, the Minnesota RollerGirls league is run by a pack of strong, scrappy women who work by day as everything from web developers to fashion designers to medical professionals. By night, they’re checking, elbowing and brawling in the full-contact sport that is roller derby. Get riled up with the crowd at the home-team championship at Roy Wilkins Auditorium. $13–$18. 7:30 p.m., doors at 6:30 p.m. Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 175 W.
Spring may be just around the corner, but tough Minnesotans know that to keep warm, you’ve got to keep moving. Runners from around the Twin Cities will brave the brisk weather to kick off their running season. Whether this is your hundredth race or you’re still learning to tie your tennis shoes (that’s right, kids, you can join, too!), be sure to join in the fun and the post-race party featuring classic Minnesota dishes, a lumberjack costume contest and a winter beard competition. $45–$65 until March 2; $51–$71 until race day. 9 a.m.
There’s a wild green mass overtaking the streets of Excelsior this St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t run away—run with it! Jake O’Connor’s Luck O’ the Lake 5K Fun Run is ready to paint the town green once again. A sea of leprechauns, lads and lasses make up this festive event, and you can be a part of it. The run takes you on a scenic Excelsior route, with a finish-line celebration. Visit website for registration details. $40. 9 a.m.–12 p.m.