Thanksgiving Day workouts and family fitness fun

November 21, 2016 | by Erin Sirianni

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Burn calories, fit in some family fun, give back, and give thanks – all in a morning’s workout before your Thanksgiving Day feasting and festivities begin. These local Thanksgiving fitness events are either free or donate 100% of proceeds back to local charities.

Yogabliss Practice of Gratitude
Thursday, November 24, class times vary
Yogabliss, 7803 SE 27th Street #174

Yogabliss invites you to join their annual Practice of Gratitude: “As a community, we will offer up our gratitude for the abundance in our lives and the blessings we share.” There are five classes offered this year – Power Vinyasa, Vinyasa, BlissBarre, and two Hot Fusion options. (Classes fill up quickly; $25 minimum donation; proceeds benefit Mercer Island Youth & Family Services.)
Pre-register >>

Jazzercise Thanksgiving Day Workout
Thursday, November 24, 8 am
Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, 3605 84th Ave SE

Kick your Thanksgiving up a notch with this free Jazzercise class to take place at 8 am Thanksgiving morning at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Bring two pantry items for donation to local food banks. Come with a friend and/or family member to sweat, smile and burn calories before your feast.
Questions? Contact Lori Hollow >>

Turkey Day Fùtbol
Thursday, November 24, 10 am
South Mercer Playfields, SE 78th St & 84th Ave SE

Come join us for the 2nd annual Thanksgiving day soccer game. Community members of all ages and ability levels are welcome to come play at the South Mercer Playfields. Forty families joined the fun last year. There’s room for everyone who wants play! Organized by Kirk Robinson and Shelly Johnson.

Gym Workout at MI Athletic Club
Thursday, November 24, 7 am – Noon
MI Athletic Club, 7785 Sunset Highway, Suite 118

Start out your Thanksgiving Day with a gym workout at MI Athletic Club! The MI Athletic Club gym will be open 7 am to noon and will offer a fun, festive atmosphere and coffee and treats. Anyone and everyone can come in and pre-burn some calories in exchange for a Food Pantry donation or MIYFS donation.  Even a dollar is great!
Learn more >>

Turkey Trot Fun Run / Walk
Thursday, November 24, 8 am
Island Park Elementary, 5437 Island Crest Way

Join me for a 5-mile fun run / walk on the south end of Mercer Island! Meet at Island Park elementary school at 8 am.  We’ll all start out together, and everyone can run and/or walk at their own pace and even take a shortcut or two if needed! Come by yourself, bring a friend, or the whole family. Babes in strollers, kids on bikes, and dogs, welcome! Rain or shine. Water, coffee, and donuts at the finish! Please feel free to bring a non-perishable goods donation for the Mercer Island Food Pantry.
Full Route – 4.5 miles

Short Cut – 3.5 miles

Big Kids / Dog Walkers Route – 2 miles

Little Ones Route – .5 to 1 mile (Island Park to Island Crest Park trail behind school and back around)

Know of any other free Thanksgiving Day workouts, and better yet, if they are benefiting local causes and organizations? Please share in the comments.