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October 2016 Wellness Events

It’s here. Fall! And along with the pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin picking, and the smell of crisp leaves are even more ways to involve the entire family. This October enjoy the fall foliage at one of many wellness offerings in the Greater Pittsburgh area. From a kayaking tour to a Jack O’Lantern run, there is sure to be something for everyone in this list of events to try!


October 6: Creating Healthy Communities Conference: Women for a Healthy Environment hosts an all-day Creating Healthy Communities Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Conference topics will address regional air quality, food access and production, energy, asthma reduction, maternal and child health, transition from old economy to new (green) one, safe housing, and land use and land vacancy as they relate to food and sustainability of a neighborhood.

October 8: Rock the Rail: 5K Run, Walk, & Roll: Arc Human Services will host its first 5K on the Montour Trail at Cecil Park. All are welcome — runners, walkers, and wheelchairers. All proceeds benefit community programs. AHS’ mission is to serve people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness in a manner that allows them to fulfill their ambitions, protects their rights, and fosters meaningful relationships at home, at work, and in their communities.

October 9: 2nd Annual Fearless Warrior Yoga Conference: The conference will feature a full day of events, including interactive workshops, meditation sessions, yoga classes, and presentations. All of the conference offerings will be led by local professionals who inspire Pittsburgh everyday through their work, including yoga teachers, activists, and a keynote speaker.

October 15: 2016 Emmaus Spirit Run 5K “Costume Run and Fun Walk”: Put away your everyday running gear and get into the Halloween spirit by running in your favorite costume at the 3rd Annual Emmaus 5k Costume Spirit Run. The Spirit Run takes place along the scenic South Shore Riverfront Park in the heart of the South Side Works. The run is a chipped 5K loop or a family friendly 1-mile fun walk along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Awards will be given to respective age division winners.

October 16: 321 Ride: The 4th annual 3-2-1 Ride welcomes cyclists of all skill levels to enjoy a day of fun and fundraising, while experiencing Pittsburgh’s beautiful bike trails and scenic routes. Choose from a 7-mile family trail ride (Rita’s Ride), 25-mile trail/road ride (Tim’s Tour), or a Metric Century (62-mile) ride on the Great Allegheny Passage.

October 16: Pedal-Paddle-Peduto: Three Rivers Kayaking Tour: Mayor Bill Peduto will join representatives from the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Allegheny Cleanways, and Three Rivers Waterkeeper for an educational kayak paddle along the Ohio River. The group will paddle five miles roundtrip with a stop near Brunot Island to have a roundtable discussion on public policy. The group will discuss future riverfront development from the perspective of the waterfront, riverfront trails, and rivers. Previous paddling experience is required. This outing is part of the Pedal-Paddle-Peduto: Get Outside and Learn Series and Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial.

October 22: Fall Foliage Hike: Fall is the perfect time of year for a vigorous hike through Raccoon Creek State Park. Orville Steininger will lead our hike to Frankfort Mineral Springs for a refreshing view of the historic healing waters, then on to view a large grove of sugar maples alive in their fall colors. We will hike at a steady pace along a 7.4-mile loop with an elevation change of 250 feet. Experience fall in all its splendor! This hike is dog friendly!

October 29: Jack O’Lantern Jog 2016: The 12th Jack-O-Lantern Jog will be held rain or shine (no refunds given). This race is a fundraiser to benefit the Community Scholarship Foundation of Canon McMillan. Enter our event and bring your friends and families. All 5K finishers will receive a medal.