8 Fitness Events to Try on Labor Day Weekend in Washington

Take advantage of smaller classes and fewer crowds if you stay in town this weekend.

If you're staying in town for Labor Day weekend, sign up for a fitness-friendly event, such as Saturday's Paddle for Humanity 5K or 10K. Photograph via Waterman's Paddle for Humanity Facebook page.

If you’re staying put in Washington for the long weekend, you’re in luck. With hordes of Washingtonians leaving town, the fitness classes that often fill up within minutes are all yours. Check out what healthy events are on the calendar for Labor Day weekend, and snag a spot ASAP. 

Take a Final Barre Class at ZenGo Cycle
This weekend is your last chance to take a barre class at ZenGo Cycle in Bethesda, before it discontinues classes on September 1. The studio, which is close to opening its second location in Logan Circle, wants to focus solely on cycling.

Paddleboard an Entire 5K or 10K 
Forget your typical road race—“run” a 5K or 10K on the water instead. On Saturday at 9 AM, DC hosts a Paddle for Humanity event, which raises money for Best Day Foundation, LUNGevity, and Ocean of Hope Campaign for the Sarcoma Alliance. Sign up for the 5K fun paddle or the 10K race on the Potomac. Equipment is provided. $50 until Thursday; $75 on race day.

Take a TRX/Kettlebell Class, Then Treat Yourself on Ninth Street
Check out the booming Shaw neighborhood for yourself by taking a TRX/Kettlebell class at Reformation Fitness with the studio’s newest personal trainer, Ivan Black. Then reward yourself with a meal at the new restaurant Thally next door. Or head to a morning session at Xtend Barre DC in Blagden Alley and cross the street for brunch at Table. 

Run, Then Brunch
For those who are halfway through marathon training, stay on track this weekend with a one-hour run with the Heights Running Club, followed by a discounted brunch at the Columbia Heights restaurant. Meet on Saturday at 9 AM and e-mail to sign up. (Also check out our roundup of other fitness-friendly brunches in DC.)

Take a Hike
There’s bound to be crowds at popular spots like Great Falls National Park this weekend, but we’ve got tons of lesser-known hiking options for every level. Head out to Harpers Ferry for a day and check out Civil War sights on the Maryland Heights trail, or challenge yourself with the quad-busting Little Devils Stairs loop at Shenandoah National Park. Consult our Bikes and Hikes guide for 43 other trails

Kayak Around Nationals Stadium
Explore DC’s Southeast neighborhood via kayak from Ball Park Boathouse, the only rental boathouse on the Anacostia river. Once you finish paddling around and anchor, head to Nats Stadium just a few yards away and cheer them on against the Mets. 

Explore Glover Park With Roam Fitness
Everyone knows about Rock Creek Park trails, but Glover Park has some that are worth checking out, too. Join Roam Fitness for one of the longer OutRun weekend adventures on Saturday. You’ll run five to seven miles, stopping every half mile or so to perform a set of exercises, such as tricep dips on a log or mountain climbers before charging up a hill. It’s a great way to fit some strength-training into your running regimen as you gear up for fall race season.

Bonus: Head to the Beach
If you can brave the hordes of beach-goers this weekend, check out these five fitness-friendly activities to do at the Delaware beaches. Learn how to kiteboard, join a local biking group for a ride, or get up early for a sunrise yoga session on the boardwalk.

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