Saturday, May 14
Can you handle the DC Fitness Challenge? Starting at 9 AM, there will be a timed mile-long run and four stations testing cardio, flexibility, strength, and endurance. Following the competition, there will be activities like Zumba classes, tug-of-war, and fitness challenges for kids ages 7 to 14. Proceeds from the event go towards preventing childhood obesity. Register ($25) here; adult registration gets a child or youth registration for free.
The Spinal Research Foundation is hosting the inaugural We’ve Got Your Back Run/Walk and Health Fair. The foundation hopes to raise awareness of the consequences of spinal injuries and educate about treatment and prevention. Redskins players Rocky McIntosh, Reed Doughty, and James Thrash are serving as chairs. 8:30 AM; register at Active.com. Meet at the SRF headquarters at 1831 Wiehle Avenue in Reston.
Learn how to construct a beginner garden, set up a compost pile, and plant fruit trees at the Get Out and Garden Workshop at Kelly Miller Middle School (301 49th St., NE). The event is sponsored by the DC Environmental Education Consortium. For more information and to register ($20, which includes lunch), go here.
Sunday, May 15
On your mark, get set, go! General registration ($55) for the Army Ten Miler opens today at 12:01 AM. Registration is first-come, first-served, and since last year’s race sold out in just 35 hours, it might be worth it to get up early. The race is run through Arlington and DC on October 9.
Potomac River Running’s Reston location (11911 Democracy Dr.) is holding a clinic on running fundamentals. Back to Basics will cover elements of running, such as proper form and how to achieve it. 11 AM; register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21
The sixth Annual DC Yoga Week kicks off with an afternoon of free yoga on the Mall from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. There will be sessions for all experience levels, many accompanied by live drums. Throughout the rest of the week, participating studios, including Capitol Hill Yoga, Bikram Yoga, and Stroga, will hold free and $5 classes. For a complete list of participants and events, visit the DC Community Yoga Web site.
Wednesday, May 18
WGIRLS is hosting a happy hour at Vinoteca to benefit the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure. For a $10 donation, enjoy happy-hour prices from 6 to 9 PM. Guests can also sign up for the WGIRLS team and enter a raffle. RSVP here.
Friday, May 20
Bethesda’s Equinox gym is hosting an open-to-the-public group-exercise class called the Skinny Jeans Workout. It focuses on the abs and glutes to help you get skinny-jeans ready. The class, which is being offered as part of Bethesda Row’s Front Row fashion weekend, is from 1 to 2 PM. Details are here. RSVP to email@example.com; free.