Posts Tagged ‘Quincy Ultimate Frisbee League’

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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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The Quincy Ultimate Frisbee League last summer.

Brian Myers catches a disc.

If you were filming it for a movie, you’d set the scene with birds chirping and maybe some simple background music that sounded like morning.  You’d pan across the empty field and the dusty sunlight would illuminate the first green grass of spring that was coming up in uneven patches across its expanse.   Your camera would find focus on the soccer goal posts: their paint peeling and years since they had supported an actual net.  And then you’d introduce the cast of characters as they ran on the field.  There’d be the athletic guy with a ball cap on his head and a smile on his face.  There’d be the kid-brother who looked ornery and acted tough to keep up with the bigger guys.  There’d be the plucky girl who was determined to show everyone that this game was for her too.  And you can’t forget the slightly awkward kid who was always making everyone laugh, and the older kid who had found a place in the group despite being bigger than everyone else.  They’d all gather on the field, line up to choose teams, and play their pick-up game.  Casual onlookers might not understand all the rules, but it would be clear to anyone that this group of friends would meet to have adventures at this field all summer long, and that they were the best of friends.

The scene above? With slight allowances for the ages the word “kid” can describe, this scene was my Wednesday night.

The Quincy Ultimate Frisbee League meets every Wednesday at 5 pm and Sunday at 2 pm at the lower soccer field at South Park (12th and Harrison) from now through the end of the summer.  Anyone can play, and people are encouraged to bring friends to introduce to the sport.  There were about 18 people there last night ranging in ages from 6 years to 60, though the majority of the group are in their twenties.

This year will be my second year playing regularly with the group, but it was just last night when I was overcome with emotion about why this game is so much fun.

Corey Miller tosses a disk at South Park.

I hadn’t seen most of the guys all winter long, but with the beginning of daylight savings and the warm temperatures finally here, the defacto leader of the group, Corey Miller, sent out the word, and we all dug our soccer cleats out of our closets and made it down to the park.  It felt like the first day of summer when school had let out. It felt like the neighborhood kids all coming together for a new beginning of months of fun and camaraderie.  It felt carefree and joyful.

The group that came down to the park Wednesday was made up of kids, college students, business owners, store clerks, marketing directors (wink!), computer programmers, and more.  It

The Quincy Ultimate Frisbee League met for the first time this season at South Park on Wednesday.

was a group that you probably wouldn’t see together otherwise, but a group that made sense to the people in it.  And it was simple and wonderful.  We played until the last light faded and then, hesitating, we left the field one by one as if we had each been called by our mothers and ordered to wash up for dinner.  And today we all went back to our “real” worlds.  But this Sunday at 2, our field and our friends will call, and we’ll all have a very special chance to be kids again.

For my articles about Ultimate Frisbee from last year, along with some explanation of rules and game play, please click the following links:

Jax Hat Tournament    

Quincy Hat Tournament

If you are interested in joining the Quincy Ultimate Frisbee League, the best thing to do is show up at the field on Wednesday at 5 pm or Sunday at 2 pm.  All are welcome!   There is also a Facebook page! 


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