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Fun, Fit, Free – Two Months of Healthy Huntsville Events to Get You Moving

Published on April 18, 2018

Mayor's Bike Ride 2018

Try something new or tried and true! That’s the message from the Healthy Huntsville team after announcing the 2018 Mayor’s Bike Ride and summer series of free fitness classes designed to have you riding, rowing, dancing, balancing and more.

From POUND Fit to Zumba, the Mayor’s Bike Ride, Yoga, or Barre Fusion, Healthy Huntsville is filling its “no-excuses” calendar with numerous opportunities to improve your quality of life.

“We want everyone in Huntsville to enjoy a high-quality life and that includes opportunities to be fit and healthy,” said Mayor Tommy Battle.

Healthy Huntsville offers a host of free activities, year-round, to encourage residents to exercise. The 2018 summer programs include:

Mayor’s Bike Ride, Saturday, May 5 – Big Spring Park East, 10 a.m.

An annual favorite, the Mayor and local cycling clubs will lead a family-friendly 4-mile bike ride around Downtown Huntsville. This year they will also be joined by two local NASA Rover Challenge winning teams; University of Alabama in Huntsville – Team 1 and Buckhorn High School, who will pedal their manpowered vehicles along the route.  They’ll be booths with cycling information before and after the ride. If you don’t have a bike, grab one from the downtown Zagster Bike Share program and be sure to bring a helmet. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Mayor’s Bike Ride at 10 a.m.

Saturdays in the Park, Free Saturday Fitness Classes in May and June, Big Spring Park East, 9 a.m.

The popular Saturdays in the Park return in May with free one-hour fitness classes every Saturday morning. It’s a great way to try a different exercise and to meet new friends. The downtown Heart of the Valley YMCA has made their restroom facilities available to class participants.

“Heart of the Valley YMCA loves to have the opportunity to partner with Healthy Huntsville to provide fitness classes for Saturdays in the Park,” said Lynelle Lamons. “We have many instructors who volunteer to teach an outdoor class in Big Spring Park East, and they love the chance to teach more well-known classes such as Zumba and yoga, as well as give people a chance to try a new class such as POUND or Defend.”

The following summer classes will meet at 9 a.m. by the bridge in Big Spring Park East.

May 5        POUND Fit, YMCA with Lynelle Lamons

May 12      Barre Fusion, Xtend Barre with Tasha Edwards

May 19      Row Machines, Rocket City Rowing with Kathy Biddlecombe
May 26      Zumba, YMCA with Kandy
June 2        Yoga, Connected Warriors with Sheila Levenhagen

June 9        Fit Camp, Fitness DEFY’D with J’Que
June 16      Zumba, Hip Healthy Chick with Tasha Edwards

June 23       PiYo, YMCA with Ericka

June 30       Defend, YMCA with Sharon Allen


Led by Mayor Tommy Battle and the City’s Parks & Recreation Department, Healthy Huntsville is sponsored by the following non-profit organizations: City of Huntsville, Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville City Schools, HudsonAlpha, and the Huntsville-Madison County Health Department. These organizations are working with the community to offer FREE programs throughout the year to help educate our citizens on wellness and good physical health. Our goal is to: “Reduce obesity by promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles.” 

For more information on Healthy Huntsville visit huntsvilleal.gov/healthyhuntsville.