[Belated] Oak Scare 5k & Health Fair Recap

Ok I seriously have had this post “in progress” since October 21st.  Seems a little late to recap the Oak Scare event that I helped plan at the Oak Square YMCA the week before Halloween, but I still want to.  Plus if I have any hope of recapping Mania, I best get this out of the way first.  Better late than never, right?!

Anyways, the Oak Scare event is an annual tradition for the Oak Square YMCA and the Brighton community.  There’s a 5k where participants can run, walk, or wheel (in costume!) and then attend a Health Fair in the gym after.  The other coordinators and I put a TON of planning into this event… weekly meetings and follow-up items to make sure everything was organized and set in stone.

The day started bright and early.  By bright and early I mean that we were at the Y at 7am to set up for the race.

We set up the registration tables outside in the parking lot.

Runners began arriving right at 7:30.

Runners got their numbers and started warming up.  Some were even in costume!

We set up the timers, handed out t-shirts, and Lauren & I were given the very important responsibility of hanging the mile markers along the 5k route.  We really could have messed with people with that job!

Runners before the race:

And they’re off!

Meanwhile, while the race was going on the rest of us coordinators and all my wonderful volunteers got the gym set up for the Health Fair.  We were a bit pressed for time, but thankfully we got everything ready just in time as the runners started coming in!

Here are some highlights from the fair itself!

My brother as DJ:

Dunkin Donuts across the street was kind enough to donate coffee and bagels, and we set up a bunch of fruit for runners to grab after the race:

I had my amazing group ex addicts manning my group ex table:

A couple of my awesome cycle instructors instructed people on form and how to set themselves up on the Cycle bikes.  Hi Mom!

Monique manned the Dynamax Medicine Ball station:

Julio rocked some kettlebells:

After a quick pep talk, I lead the Corpbasics girls in a 10 minute Kickboxing performance.  Thank you, ladies, for giving up your Sunday mornings to help out with this!

About 45 minutes into the fair we announced the race winners and gave away some raffle prizes:

And us coordinators got a special thank you shout-out and recognition, which was nice:

Later in the morning we also had Carolyn lead some Family Zumba for the kiddos… and us not so kiddos!

And we can’t forget about the plank challenge!  Theresa took home 1st place with a six and a half-minute plank.  Go Theresa!  P.S. Check out Tim rocking his plank in jeans and a sweater.

We also had tables set up for aquatics, prizes, nutrition, blood pressure, children, fire safety, and more.

Finally, I can’t forget about the vendors/sponsors who donated both products and time to help make our event what it was.

Becca from Mindful Massage:

The folks over at Chobani!  Tons of yogurts donated:

We also received product donations from HINT water.  Which by the way, I had never tried before and I loved it.  So refreshing and light!!

New Balance was there, giving away free swag and representing the community:

And so were my good friends at Fiorella’s Express:

A huge, enormous THANK YOU to these sponsors.  It made our event so much better, and we loved all the great feedback we got about not only your products but about your generosity as well with raffle items, etc.

The Oak Scare 2012 event was a lot of work, but worth it.   I love when a plan comes together!

Have you guys ever planned an event you’ve been really proud of afterwards?

Have a great Wednesday!

Oak Scare 5k Road Race + Healthy Living Fair

I know it’s only Monday still, but if you are already making plans for next weekend I figured it couldn’t hurt to give you an idea for something to do.

By “give you some ideas,” I mean “post a shameless plug.”

This Sunday 10/21, the Oak Square YMCA is hosting the annual community “Oak Scare” 5K road race.  Local readers, we are trying to get as many people as possible to take part in this event so if you are interested please click over to this link to register!  The race kicks off at 9am and you can run, walk, or wheel in support of the Oak Square YMCA.  People wear costumes and it is a fun time!  Don’t wait, registration closes this Friday 10/19.

After the race, the Y is hosting a health fair at 10am in the gym.  I am part of the planning committee for this… hence my “shameless plug.”  If you have nothing else going on this weekend, come!!  There will be refreshments, fitness demonstrations, contests, local vendors giving away swag and free stuff, children’s activities, raffles, blood pressure readings, flu shots, and more.  My brother will be there as the live DJ playing pop music and a smattering of Halloween songs (if you have any suggestions for “Halloween” music, let me know).

Best of all, the fair is FREE!

It’s going to be a good time — check out the fitness schedule of events below:

  • Pre-race warmup and stretch with Lauren  
  • Post-race cooldown, stretch, and foam rolling with Lauren
  • Ongoing:  Kettlebell demos with Julio
  • Ongoing:  Dynamax Bootcamp demos with Monique
  • Ongoing:  Cycling “Bike Basics” with Caitlin & Kelly
  • 10:15am – Kickboxing performance by Corpbasics instructors  (that’s me!)
  • 10:45am – TRX demo #1 with Maria
  • 11:00am – Plank Challenge
  • 11:15am – Family Zumba with Carolyn
  • 11:30am – TRX demo #2 with Maria

We are still looking for vendors to participate, so if you or anyone you know would be interested in setting up a table at our event, please email me at akaralekas@ymcaboston.org.

Hope to see you at the event!!

Coming Soon!

Good morning everyone!

I am currently en route back to Boston.  Hooray!

Just a quick little post to let you guys know what I have in store for you over the next couple of days.

Saturday night I hosted a little get together for my friends from home.  It turned into a bigger party than I thought!  Tim was wonderful and helped me prepare and make sure I had enough food to serve everyone.  Even though he told everyone he did it all by himself.

On the menu (aside from the chips, pretzels, etc);

  • Party Meatballs
  • Tim’s Spinach & Artichoke Dip
  • Stuffed Bacon & Bleu Mushrooms
  • French Bread Bruschetta with Brie
  • Tracy’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
  • Shannon’s Apple Cider Cupcakes

Holy yum to all of the above.

Perhaps not the healthiest of options, but as always, I encourage everything in moderation!

Individual recipes coming soon.  🙂

Also, this Sunday I will be working at the Healthy Living Fair at the Oak Square YMCA.  It starts at 9:15 after the Annual Oak Scare 5k.  Not only will the race be a great community event, but the healthy living fair will have a lot of cool booths and tables.  Including yours truly at the instructor table showing off some sweet moves with medicine balls, body bars, exercise bands, and spin bikes.  Do it!

Here’s the press release:

Oak Scare 5k – A Reason to Run

Sunday, October 30th 2011

Oak Square Y | 615 Washington St | Brighton, MA 02135

Run, walk, or wheel in support of the Oak Square YMCA in this fun annual community tradition. Wear your costumes, and join us for the health fair!

Registration & Number Pick-Up: 7:30 AM
Race: 9:00 AM
Health Fair: 9:15 AM
Adult Entry:
Youth Entry:
Family Entry: $35

You can register here or contact Sara Nelson for more information at 617.787.8678.

Stay tuned for more posts about everything I just mentioned, as well as the giveaway winner I am announcing tomorrow.  Last day to enter the contest – just click here!

Now go have a great Thursday!