Family fitness + philanthropy = fun this weekend in MetroWest Boston

As an avid “fitness” person (yes, I taught aerobics in the 90’s complete with a microphone and leg warmers), I love events that I can take my crew, knowing they are having fun and we are all getting  some exercise. The bonus?  Raising money for meaningful causes.  This weekend, there are a few great opportunities for this in MetroWest Boston.

The Emerson Health Care Foundation: Run-Walk and Family Funday is held at the Thoreau Club in Concord. After the 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m., stay and enjoy swimming, the club’s pool, a BBQ lunch, and many fun activities for the kids, including tie dying t-shirts , a tot trot and an inflatable obstacle course. And I think the best part of all is that the event’s proceeds go toward the Emerson Hospital Bethke Cancer Center.

If you still have some energy left, check out the Walk-n-Wheel for OI event for OI  in Framingham starting at noon.  It is a fun-filled event for the entire family. You can walk/wheel one lap or 100 to support OI (brittle bone disease). The day will also be filled with food, live music, games, raffles, and activities for all ages throughout the afternoon.

After you catch your breath from your run on Saturday, head to Wellesley for the Schofield 5K Road Race & Fun Fair on Sunday. Sounds like a hilly course, so if you are not up to it there is also 1-mile race for runners and walkers.If the road races are not your “speed”, get some exercise at the fun fair where you can dance to music, play a game and win a prize, or bounce around in one of the moonwalks.

Enjoy your weekend and remember to hydrate and stretch… ahhhhhh.

Also this weekend, check out a few of the Kids PMC Rides, a bike-a-thon to raise money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.

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