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Saturday: Unitarian Church Plant, Book, Bake Sale

Last year, people stood in the rain to get in to this sale! It's just that good... 🙂

40TH ANNUAL SALE – APRIL 21, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

I attended this sale last year and came home with enough flowers to fill my yard, a homemade rhubarb pie to fill my tummy, and a few vintage books to fill my mind.  What more could a body ask for?!  This cash/check-only fundraiser is a whole neighborhood event, and you don’t have to belong to the church.  Besides flowering and decorative plants, the sale had vegetable and herb plants as well.    I also got in a great conversation about heirloom tomatoes with a gentleman who’d written a book on Illinois varietal veggies.

Sunday: Earth Day Clean Up of Gardner Park

I already blogged about this- so go read it!  Better yet, just come to the park on Sunday with a pair of gardening gloves an Earth Day spirit!

Registration is Now Open…

For a bunch of great summer events.  If your calendar isn’t filling up yet, you’ve come to the right place…

–   Bridge the Gap to Health is a Quincy favorite and has options of 5K, 10K and half marathon distances.

–   The Hannibal Cannibal is an area tradition over the 4th of July weekend- and features 5K and 10K distances.

–  The Quad Cities Cycling Club’s Tail Wind Century (100 miles) is May 5th. This event has 6 planned routes, and the morning of the event, the club checks out where the wind is coming from and chooses the route that’s most likely to provide a tailwind the whole way! What a fun concept for a ride!

–  Mt. Sterling Mid-Spring Walk is May 5th in Brown County and is presented by the Railsplitter Wanderers Club.  The Railsplitter Wanderers Volkssport Association is a recreational association dedicated to promoting physical fitness through participation in volkssporting-walking, biking, swimming, and skiing.  The term “Volkssport” means “Sport of the (common) People”  in German, is a nation-wide organization.   This event is sanctioned by the American Volkssport Association (AVA) and is free and open to the public.

–  34th Annual Strawberry Strut– in Carthage, IL features a 1 or 5 mile fitness run and is being run this year in memory of one of the event’s founders, Phil Clark.

–  TOMRV (Tour of the Mississippi River Valley) Cycling Event.  2 days, 200 miles, 12,000 feet of climb.   June 9/10.  Whoa.

So… where would you find a calendar with all of this information all the time?

Just click the “Events” page here on Adventure Foot!

Have something to add to the calendar? Leave a comment here or on Facebook and I’ll add it!!

I hope to see you out and about at some of these great area events!

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Thanks to KHQA TV 7 for featuring Adeventure Foot on the Morning Show!

The Adventure Foot Blog was featured this morning on the KHQA Morning Show at 6:45 am, so I’m posting this blog today as a big WELCOME to those checking out Adventure Foot for the first time!

My bike and I at the Capital City Century- a 100 mile ride.

You can read the whole history of Adventure Foot by clicking here, but if there’s one thing I could tell you about why this blog exists- it’s to help you have an adventure!  There are so many ways to get active in the Tri-State area, and this blog is dedicated to helping to shine a light on events, clubs and games that you can get involved in.

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Without further ado, I want to give you my

Top 5 Ways to Follow Your ADVENTURE FOOT in Quincy this Spring and Summer!

Quincy Bicycle Club, Labor Day 2011

#1 Quincy Bicycle Club

It’s no secret that I am always on my bicycle these days, but if it weren’t for the QBC, my bike might still be sitting in my garage gathering dust.  The QBC offers scheduled rides almost every day of the week.   Each different ride is targeted for different levels of experience and ability.  If you’re looking to try out a ride for the first time, I suggest joining in with the Pedal Pushers group on Thursday nights.  The group leaves Reservoir Park at 6 pm, and the pace is nice and slow so that everyone can participate.  Yearly membership to the QBC is only $10 per year for an individual or $17 for a family.

The Heartland Road Runners Club at the Little Rock Half Marathon, 2012

#2 Heartland Road Runners and Walkers Club

Whether you want to walk to increase your fitness or train for a 26.2 mile marathon (or more!), the HRRWC is one club you have to experience.  It’s full of some of the most positive and upbeat people I’ve ever met, and you’ll find that any walking or running regimen is much more fun with a group like this.  I trained with HRRWC all winter and successfully completed my first half marathon last month, and I can tell you first hand that the support of the group made all the difference.  My first day, I couldn’t run two blocks but 6 months later, I ran 13.1 miles.  ‘Nuff said!  Membership is $15 per person for a year or $25 for a family.

Quincy Ultimate Frisbee League

#3 Quincy Ultimate Frisbee League

The Quincy Ultimate Frisbee League meets at the field next to Flinn Stadium (4400 Maine) on Wednesdays at 5 pm and at South Park (12th and Harrison) on Sundays at 2 pm throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall.  Ultimate Frisbee is kind of a cross between soccer and football, and is played by moving a Frisbee down a field into an endzone.  Read more about Ultimate here and here and here, but don’t feel like you need to know all the rules to come down to the park and try this out.  The League welcomes new players every week, they’re happy to teach you how to play the game, and there are no fees at all.  Just bring some good running shoes and a big bottle of water and get ready for some of the most exciting games you’ll ever play in Quincy.   (Special note: The location of QUFL may change to another field later this year. For the most up-to-date information, check out their Facebook page.)

Legacy Martial Arts

#4 Check Out a Local Fitness Class

Quincy has no shortage of places to get a great work out.  My favorite 3 are:

Legacy Martial Arts– Read about FIT Class at Legacy here.  Also, mention that you read about Legacy on the Adventure Foot blog, and receive 1 FREE week to try out FIT, Mixed Martial Arts, Zumba or Traditional Martial Arts classes (new clients only).  You’ll love the facility and the infectious high-energy workouts that Robert Bentley and his staff provide!

The Kroc Center- The Kroc has got all your fitness classes in one place, but the adventure that my foot likes the very best has to be the kRock Wall.  Read more here! Ladies- make sure you ask about “Ladies Night Up,” where ladies can try out the wall for free!

NuFit For You– I absolutely love the classes offered by NuFit for You, which has facilities on 48th and Broadway and at Quincy University and will soon be opening a facility in downtown  Quincy near the Quincy Medical Group.   My favorite NuFit Classes include CycleLates, IndoRow, and Power Cycle.  Don’t be intimdated to go and try any of these classes out.  The staff at NuFit is well-trained and will help you get started no matter what your beginning fitness level is.

With Jackie Joyner Kersee at Bridge The Gap 2011

#5 Register for an Event

Nothing puts fitness front of mind better than having a goal!  Check out the Events Calendar for a list of upcoming events in the area that you can register for.  For beginners, I highly recommend the HOPE 5K in Palmyra, MO on April 14th (you can run or walk this event) and the Bridge the Gap to Health race on May 12th, which has walking or running 5K or 10Ks, and a Half Marathon, as well as a new rowing event this year.  Read about my experience with my very first 5K at Bridge the Gap 2011 by clicking here!

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