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Slow-Paced Bike Ride

November 23; 1537 7th St., NW

DC's One Love Massive is hosting the DC Slow Roll to support the local biking community. The ride is purposefully at a slower pace, but bring your bike, helmet, water, and light. Register online. Free; 7 PM.

North Face Mountain Training Athletics

Stanton Park, November 24; Dupont Circle, November 26

Join two North Face trainers for workouts aimed at strengthening you for your outdoor goals. Train to finish an endurance challenge, ski stronger, or hit the summit. Register online for the November 24 or November 26 sessions. Free, 6:30 PM.

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Plus nutrition for runners and an introduction to road cycling. By Angie Hilsman
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Panel Discussion: How to Beast Your First Ironman

November 16, Tenley-Friendship Library

Considering an Ironman or half-Ironman triathlon? Sit in on this panel discussion, hosted by DC Triathlon Club, to find out what you can expect for long-course triathlon. Experienced triathlon club members will field questions on training, lifestyle, and coaching. Free, 7 PM.

Morning Yoga and Recess

November 17, Penn Social

Join WithLoveDC bright-and-early for a morning recess! Enjoy yoga, kickball, jump rope, and more for a minimum $6 donation. 6 AM.

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HUCM Mudd Building, October 6 and October 9

Howard University's Student National Medical Association is hosting yoga. Free your mind as you relax into your favorite yogi stretches. Registration required. $10; October 6 at 5 PM; October 9 at 6PM.

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Missed out on the Marine Corps Marathon? An experienced race director shares her insider tips for getting a slot in one of DC’s most in-demand races. By Caroline Cunningham
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Washington is a hot spot for runners--tens of thousands of runners congregate in the nation’s capital for races throughout the year, from the Marine Corps Marathon and the Army Ten-Miler in October to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in March and the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in April. But these races’ overwhelming popularity has also made it a bit of pure luck for runners to secure a spot--in 2012, the Marine Corps Marathon sold out in two hours and 41 minutes. And as the bigger races continue to add lottery programs, entry to the area’s best races is becoming more and more based on chance.

But there are a few ways you can put the odds in your favor, and to find out more about them, we consulted Kathy Dalby, CEO of Pacers Running. As CEO, Dalby both oversees the brand’s five stores as well as the Pacers-hosted road races. With her background as a race director, Dalby knows the ins and outs (and insider secrets) to getting registered for race day.

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Learn Krav Maga

N-Flux (at the YMCA National Capital), August 10

Get fit with self-defense moves developed for the Israeli military. Wear athletic apparel and bring water for your high-intensity introduction to Krav Maga. Register online to learn the fundamentals, mingle with other students, and work up a sweat. Free; Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM.

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Go Dancing

Coors Dance Studio, August 6

Get your groove on—even if you're not a professional dancer—with Zumba instructor Antoinette Montgomery. You don't need convincing to attend a class that combines muscle conditioning, cardio, and dance—plus, it's only $10. Register here, and go have fun. $10; 7:30 PM.

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Country-music singer Brandi Carlile performs tonight at Wolf Trap, but she'll be sticking around Washington this weekend—in spirit, at least—when her Fight the Fear campaign sponsors a free self-defense workshop Saturday at the Calvary Baptist Church on 8th St., Northwest.

The class will be led with local anti-harassment group Defend Yourself, which teaches church groups, students, and corporate audiences skills for stopping harassment, assault, and abuse.

"I believe that every issue that gets us closer to justice and equality is important, and for me, you have to start with the body," says the group's founder, Lauren Taylor. "If you can't feel safe in your own body, it's hard to move forward with anything else."

Taylor promotes the holistic side of self-defense, and recommends six techniques to practice at home.

"Physical defense and physical strikes are only one part of what it is," Taylor says. "We deal with everything from prevention and avoidance, understanding where the risks lie, to lots of things that come under the heading of verbal self-defense, whether that's assertiveness and boundary-setting or de-escalation."

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Celebrate DC's athletes with games, a parade, and more! By Angie Hilsman
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For the 15th year in a row, the 2015 Special Olympics DC will kick off with opening day at the Raymond A. DuFour Center on the Catholic University campus on Friday, May 15, at 11am.

The games are in their 46th year, and this year, spectators can cheer on over 900 athletes who underwent a minimum of eight weeks of training before qualifying to participate in track and field, socer, volleyball, and bocce competitions.

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Get active this holiday with these fun runs around Washington. By Sara Gilgore
Get active this Thanksgiving with one of these fun runs. Image via Shutterstock.


So Others Might Eat’s Thanksgiving Day Trot for Hunger
When: November 27, 8:30 AM Kids’ One Mile Fun Run; 9 AM 5K Run/Walk
Where: Freedom Plaza (intersection of 13th St. and Pennsylvania Ave., NW)
Join the organization’s 13th annual run to benefit the homeless. Money raised from the 5K will help provide food, clothing, and health care to those who need it in the District. Team signup is open through November 20, but individual registration continues until race day. $35 for timed participants, $30 for noncompetitive trotters.

Potomac Valley Track Club’s Cranberry Crawl 5K and 10K
When: November 22, 7:50 AM 5K, 8 AM 10K
Where: East Potomac Park
The park’s route is completely flat and accessible for walkers and wheelchairs. The club will serve hot refreshments after the race, and you’ll have the chance to win some tasty cranberry bread. Registration closes before race day, so pay the entry fee ahead of time: $10 by November 20, then $20.


Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA’s Turkey Chase
When: November 27, 8:30 AM 10K; 9 AM 2 Mile; 9:45 AM Tot Trot
Where: 9401 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda
The largest 10K in Montgomery County is expected to attract more than 10,000 people from area neighborhoods and across the country. Proceeds will go toward YMCA programs and local Rotary charities for children and families. Registration is open through race day, and begins at 6 that morning. More information about parking, race fees, and packet pickup is available online.

Montgomery County Road Runners Club’s Turkey Burnoff
When: November 29, 9 AM 5- and 10-mile races; 9:05 AM fun run
Where: Seneca Creek State Park, 11950 Clopper Rd., Gaithersburg
For a post-feast activity—once you finish digesting—take the scenic run alongside the park’s deer, which tend to emerge on race day. $10 for adults, $5 for runners under 18. Arrive early to secure a parking spot.

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run
When: November 27, 9 AM
Where: Fleet Feet Sports, 318 Sixth St., Annapolis
For the eighth consecutive year, Fleet Feet Sports Annapolis invites runners to explore the downtown on Thanksgiving morning. Dress as a turkey, bring your kids, strollers, and dogs, and meet outside the store. Upon attending the free event, participants are encouraged to make a small donation to the Bowen Foundation for Autism.

Race to the Rock
When: November 27, 8 AM registration, 9 AM race
Where: Greenwich Forest Triangle, Wilson and Hampden la., Bethesda
Nonprofit Eva Nepal’s ninth annual race will raise funds for education and dental care in Nepal. Wear a creative costume and bring an item you would’ve liked to have on the Mayflower, and you’re in the running for prizes. (Alternatively, you can just run fast.) Don’t want to run at all? Hope on your bike, skateboard, or scooter. $40 for adults (2.4 miles) and $25 for kids (0.6 miles), plus family and school-program deals.


Virginia Run Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
When: November 27, 8 AM 5K Run and 2K Walk
Where: 15355 Wetherburn Court, Centreville
Rain or snow won’t shut down this Turkey Trot, now in its 26th year. Compete on the USATF-certified 5K course or stroll for the 2K to raise money for Life with Cancer. Register for the 5K ($35) through November 26. If you miss the deadline, the 2K (varying prices) welcomes last-minute signups.

Arlington Turkey Trot
When: November 27, 8 AM
Where: Christ Church of Arlington, 3020 North Pershing Dr., Arlington
Christ Church is partnering with the Arlington Food Assistance Center, Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless, and Doorways for Women & Families for this ninth annual kickoff to Turkey Day. Last year, it raised $42,000. Feel free to wear a costume, bring your dog (on a leash), and push a stroller along the course. Pre-register online. It’s $35 for adults, $20 for kids, and free for little ones younger than six.

Alexandria Turkey Trot
When: November 27, 9 AM 5-miler
Where: George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria
The DC Road Runners course is flat and fast, and culminates in an awards ceremony when the race is finished. Bring two nonperishable food cans or boxes to support Alexandria’s nonprofit ALIVE! $20 for adults, $15 ages 13 to 20, and $5 under 13 - prices increase for in-person enrollees on Thanksgiving, so be sure to register first online.

Fairfax Turkey Trot
When: November 27, 9 AM 4-miler
Where: 9330 Pentland Place, Fairfax
For the second year in a row, the four-mile family event aims to raise money for a local charity. This year, proceeds will benefit Warrior Canine Connection and Fairfax’s Alternative House. $35 through November 26 for adults, $20 ages 8 to 15, and no cost for children under 8.

Freeze Your Gizzard, Cross Country 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
When: November 22, 9 AM 5K; 9:45 AM 1-mile fun run
Where: Ida Lee Park, 60 Ida Lee Dr., NW, Leesburg
Leesburg’s parks and recreation department has teamed up with Loudoun Interfaith Relief for the 12th annual pre-Thanksgiving runs. The 138-acre park offers a cross-country race, with pre-registration through November 19. $25 for 5K participants, $10 for one-miler. Bring two cans of food on race day; if you wait until then to register, get there before 7 AM to sign up for $30.

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Zumba classes, spa days, and more ways to benefit the cause. By Tanya Pai
Show your pink pride with these Breast Cancer Awareness Month events. Image via Shutterstock.

According to the American Cancer Society, women in the US have a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. Though the figures are lower, a number of men are diagnosed every year, as well. Breast Cancer Awareness Month, recognized each October, aims to increase awareness and education about the deadly disease and raise money to put toward finding a cure. Local organizations, workout studios, and businesses are hosting events this month to show their support. Know of one that’s not on the list? Let us know in the comments—and don’t forget to enter this week’s photo contest, themed around the color pink for breast cancer awareness.

Pink Party at Celadon Spa

The downtown DC day spa is donating 20 percent of sales from certain services to Breast Care for Washington DC. Think Kevyn Aucoin makeup lessons, Deborah Lippman mani-pedis, massages, and more. October 9, noon to 6 PM.

The Capital Wheel Goes Pink

Here’s a good reason to check out the Capital Wheel at National Harbor: This weekend, the lights on the Ferris wheel will be pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and when riders show up wearing the rosy hue, a portion of the proceeds from their ticket purchase will go to the Inova Life With Cancer Family Center. Look for area retailers displaying pink ribbons; a portion of their sales will also benefit Inova. October 10 through 13.

Dance Party With Makers Lab

Makers Lab offers up a “workout dance party,” featuring a hip-hop dance set to tunes from a deejay, plus refreshments in the form of Raw juices. Tickets ($20) include a complimentary juice, and proceeds benefit ZuriWorks for Women’s Health, which aims to increase cancer awareness and education. October 19, 4 to 7 PM.

The Great Pink Pumpkin Fights Breast Cancer

Turn your usual weekend partying into a philanthropic effort with this Friday-night event at the Midtown Party Plex. Participate in a costume contest, watch a fashion show, try out some pink hair extensions, and hit the cash bar; proceeds from ticket sales ($20 in advance, $25 at the door) benefit the nonprofit We Will Survive Cancer. October 24, 8 to 11 PM.

Barbells 4 Breast Cancer

Fitness Together Capitol Hill has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation for a bench-press competition to raise money for education and services. For every pound a participating athlete lifts, $1 will be donated to the foundation. If you’re not into lifting weights, you can sponsor individual athletes and participate in the raffle. October 25, 8 to 11 AM.

Race for Every Woman 5K

Alpha Breast Cancer Support Services holds a 5K run/walk beginning at Arlington’s Bon Air Park. Register as an individual for $10, or gather your friends and go as a team. Proceeds will go toward breast cancer awareness among Ethiopian and Eritrean women. October 25, 9 AM.

Ride for the Cure DC

Suit up in pink and head to a step or indoor-cycling class at Metro Center’s Crunch Fitness to benefit the cause. KTX Fitness trainer Keith Thompson leads the sessions; a portion of the proceeds from class sales ($30 each) benefit breast cancer awareness. October 25 and 26, multiple sessions.

Phunktions Phitness Day

Head to College Park for a daylong fitness event with Phunktions Hip Hop Dance Company to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Start the morning with a 5K, then check out a range of fitness classes that includes yoga, core boot camp, and ballroom-dance basics. Tickets are $20 for the 5K and classes, or $15 for the classes only. October 26, 9 AM to 6 PM.

WorkOUT Breast Cancer

The For Goodness Sake Foundation hosts a fundraising event at the Reebok Fithub in Georgetown. A $25 ticket gets you a Zumba workout with a Reebok instructor, 15 percent off in-store merchandise, a swag bag, light bites, mini spa services, and more. Even better, 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit Capital Breast Care Center. October 26, 2 to 4:30 PM.

Find Tanya Pai on Twitter at @tanyapai.

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