Every Thursday, Svveat Stories tackles your most pressing fitness questions—this week, we’re rounding up the best free and donation-based Earth Day 2017 fitness events in Toronto.
I’m a firm believer that everyone should do their part to help the environment, but Earth Day falling on a Saturday leaves me a bit conflicted. I have a busy weekend ahead and I really don’t want to have to skip my workout to participate in an Earth Day event—are there any that are fitness-focused?
— Eco-Conscious Exerciser
I applaud you for making an effort to balance your workout schedule and your altruistic ambitions, but luckily for you this is one dilemma that’s easily solvable. Toronto, being the wonderful city that it is, is of course offering numerous events this Earth Day, April 22, that will allow you to do good for Mama Earth while also doing your body good. Take your pick!
Start your Earth Day off on the right foot with a scenic five- or eight-kilometre frolic through the beautiful Don Valley Trails. Meet the crew at 8 a.m. at Evergreen Brick Works, soak up nature’s glory along the way and maybe start hatching your plan for a post-run trail cleanup to show your graditude.
Leave it to Academy of Lions to host an Earth Day celebration for the books. Here’s how it’ll work: Find two friends to join you, pay $10 each, then show up at the Academy on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. ready to get your sweat on. A tough workout will be followed by some good old-fashioned tree and flower planting at Trinity Bellwoods Park, and then a trip to The Grow Op for some much-deserved snacks and refreshments. All money raised will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.
Join the PDRR ladies for their weekly Saturday morning women’s run at 8:45 a.m. (this week, the run will start at Bond Running), and then head over to Henderson Brewing Co. with the squad to help clean up the West Toronto Railpath for all of our fellow runners, walkers, cyclists, strollers and furry friends to enjoy. Afterwards, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with free beer, tunes from local DJs and snacks courtesy of the Drake Hotel’s newest outpost, the Drake Commissary.
SO FRESH AND SO CLEAN! We're gonna do our City of Toronto Earth Day thing again this year and spend a couple hours making the West Toronto Railpath beautiful for all the runners, walkers, cyclists, strollers and doggos that use it. Mark your calendar: Saturday, April 22 from 10:15-12:15. Meet at the Henderson Brewery parking lot. Bags and gloves will be provided but bring gloves if you have some. #pdrr
If yoga is what you’re after this Earth Day, get your asana to Yoga Tree at Bay & Dundas this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for an open-level, reduced-heat, pay-what-you-can class (suggested minimum donation is $10). All proceeds will go towards Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, a registered Canadian charity that’s helping to create a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future by connecting and empowering people. Complimentary Flow Water will be provided.
No need to ditch the kids to get active this Earth Day. Get adventurous with your little ones at the “Wild About Canada” Pop-up Adventure Playground from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity Bellwoods Park. Find out why Earth Day Canada is fundraising to bring permanent adventure parks to playgrounds across the country.
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