Sports, Health & Wellness

State Arbor Month Celebration and Minnesota Tree Climbing Championships

This year the DNR is celebrating Arbor Day and Arbor Month by encouraging families to play in natural settings such as your backyard, a nearby woodlot, or forested area.

The 2014 State Arbor Month Celebration will be at Oak Hill Park in St. Louis Park. The event will give families a chance to play with nature, while watching some of the best tree climbers in the state compete at the Minnesota Tree Climbing Championship.

State Arbor Month Celebration Schedule:

Memorial Day "Murph" in the Park!

Stop by Excelsior Commons Park this Memorial Day to support local athletes as they complete a grueling fitness challenge, to benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation. Local beer, food, and merchandise vendors will be available to the public. The event also features a live DJ, a US Army rock climbing wall, and ex Navy SEALS parachuting into the park! Stick around for the Excelsior Memorial Day Parade at noon for great family fun!

7th Annual Gluten-Free Round-up

We’ve gathered our favorite gluten-free products and resources for this FREE, jam-packed event—filled with easy meal solutions and snacks for you and your family.

Minnetonka Youth Triathlon

Does your child aspire to achieve an athletic trifecta? Register them now for the 10th annual Minnetonka Youth Triathlon. The event is open to children grades two through eight, and the course is modified for each age group. For those with a competitive spirit, the top three male and female finalists in each age group will bring home a trophy and the satisfaction of paddling, pedaling and pushing their way to the finish. 952.401.5200.

Spring Into Farming

As the weather warms up, get your family outdoors for some farm fun. From seeing farm animals and their babies to playing farm games, there is something for the young and the young at heart. The event also will have farm-fresh concessions available for purchase. 763.694.2001.

2014 National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff

2014’s inaugural NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey championship tournament will be held right here at the Target Center. Four games will be played over two days: the two semi-final match-ups on day 1, then the third-place game and championship game on day 2.  

Get Lucky Half-marathon and 7K

Embrace the luck of the Irish! Get lucky in either a half-marathon or 7K (4.3 miles) just before the greenest day of the year. Toast to your success with a complimentary brew following the race, and sport your free full-zip hooded sweatshirt proudly. 

100 Percent Irish for a Day 5K and 10-mile Race

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early this year, and join Twin Cities in Motion at  Lake Harriet for a 5K or 10-mile race around the lake, starting and finishing near the landmark bandshell. If you dress up you’ve got a chance to win a prize, so don’t forget your green! Make sure to check out the post-race party at Cooper Irish Pub in St. Louis Park.

Luck o’ the Lake 5K Run

Channel the luck of the Irish on the day o’ the green (or close to it). Sponsored by the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce and Jake O’Connors, the 5K Fun Run invites all participants to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. The Commons Workplace will be on hand to offer complimentary beverages post-race, as well as pre- and post-run yoga sessions. Runners are encouraged to fundraise, and all proceeds benefit the Excelsior Fourth of July fund and other Excelsior events. 

FARE Walk for Food Allergy, Minneapolis

The Fare Walk for Food Allergy brings together thousands of people seeking a safer world for the 15 million Americans with food allergies. The walk is a family-friendly event that will raise funds for food allergy research, education, advocasy and awareness. This special day in Minneapolis will include fun activities for the entire family. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. The walk begins immediately following the walk ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Check out Foodallergywalk.org\minneapolis2014 for more information.

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