Devils Chase 6.66 Miler

The Devils Chase 6.66 Mile Run, named to the Top Nine Costume Runs in the World, is the best and most unique event you will run in all year long. 98% of participants dress up in costume, majority Devil Theme costumes. People from all over the world venture to Historic Salem and join us for one Hell of a Good time. The Devils Chase in its 8th year now attracts more than 1000 Devils donning their favorite horns with pitchforks in hand for a scenic 6.66 mile race past a variety of Salem’s well known landmarks including the Salem Common, Peabody Essex Museum, a Real Haunted House, the Custom House, Salem’s Derby Wharf, the House of Seven Gables and more. The course provides two sections of in and outs allowing runners to pass their fellow Devils and admire all of the unique and entertaining costumes. You’ll know your nearing the end of the race when you begin running through an eerie spooky foggy finish.

For registration information and full schedule details please visit: http://BNSEventManagement.com

This is a charity event to benefit The Plummer Home: a 501C-3 Non-Profit Organization. www.plummerhome.org

14th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run

The 14th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run will take place on Thanksgiving Day, November 23 in Salem, Mass. Proceeds from the 14th Annual Wild Turkey 5 Mile Run on Thanksgiving morning benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem. This is the largest race on the North Shore, with 2,000 anticipated participants.  First 1600 participants get long sleeved Brooks tech shirts.

Registration information is available here. For further information, please email dougbollen12@yahoo.com.

5 Ways to Stay Fit in Salem, MA

Is staying fit part of your New Year’s resolution? A true walking city filled with fresh local food and a variety of ways to get moving, Salem is a great place to stay fit in the new year:

Cycling at any speed. You’ll find lycra-clad cyclists racing around Salem Common reaching speeds of 35-45 mph at the Witches Cup Criterium Race each August. During the rest of the year, however, we take a slightly slower pace. A bike-friendly community, “sharrows” are painted on many Salem streets to encourage the sharing of roads by automobile and cycle traffic.

Eat local. Pick up locally grown produce, local eggs, and fresh baked goods at the Salem Farmers’ Market, Thursday afternoons June through October and Salem’s Winter Market on select dates in November and December. During the warmer months you’ll find the Salem Farmers’ Market in Derby Square, and during the Winter Market events you’ll need to head indoors to the Museum Place Mall. Milk and Honey Green Grocer, located on Church Street, is another great place to shop for locally sourced foods to keep you healthy all year long. Looking for more local options? Consider visiting even more shops and restaurants (while also learning about Salem’s spice trade history) with Salem Food Tours.

Run it out. In 2012, the Road Runners Club of America, the oldest and largest distance running organization in the United States, designated Salem as a Runner-Friendly Community. This designation means that Salem is an environment in which organizations and businesses work together to promote running as healthy exercise and sport. Salem hosts a number of races annually. Check out the Wicked Frosty Four, a four mile race that takes place annually on New Year’s Day and benefits scholarship funds for local high school students. In October, Salem hosts the Devil’s Chase 6.66 Miler event which brings out thousands of pitchfork carrying runners each year.

Salem, MA, Ropes MansionS-T-R-E-T-C-H out your muscles doing yoga, which during the warmer months is offered outdoors in the garden by the Ropes Mansion, or get in a work out at the Salem YMCA. The YMCA is also close to opening an all-new yoga studio, perfect for getting in some exercise, stress relief, and relaxation after a busy day around town. Day passes and drop-in rates are available through the YMCA to keep you moving all year regardless of the weather.

Take a walk. Salem prides itself on being a walkable city. Not quite sure where to walk? Go for a stroll down Derby Wharf. This scenic walk winds past the Friendship of Salem, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and the Derby Wharf Light Station. For a shorter walk, wander through the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and Artists’ Row, which offers free public workshops from Memorial Day Weekend to Halloween. You’ll also pass by Old Town Hall, which houses Cry Innocent and the Spirit of Salem Film, and Derby Square which is home to the seasonal Farmers’ Market. Whether you find yourself speed-walking around Salem Common, strolling Chestnut Street, or walking the trails of Salem Woods, we hope you will get out there and explore. (And if you need help getting started, check out this Salem guide from WalkBoston.org!)

Red Cross Blood Drive

Visit Remix Church to donate blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive. Help ensure that there is enough blood available for patients during emergency situations, and walk away knowing that your donation may save up to three lives.

For more information on donating blood, please visit RedCrossBlood.org.

Wild Edibles at Bakers Island Light

Come join naturalist and wild foods enthusiast, Russ Cohen on a special edible excursion out to Bakers Island Light Station, a historic property owned by Essex Heritage. This 3.5 hour special trip includes the boat ride aboard Naumkeag and a walking tour of the property with expert Russ Cohen pointing out special species along the trails including the kind you can snack on! Before departing for the main land, enjoy sumacade (a natural alternative to Kool-Aid) and a wild goodie or two made by Russ Cohen himself! The wild edibles tour includes over 3 dozen species of edible wild plants that have existed on the island for some time. Also expect to encounter at least six of the additional native wild edible species that were planted last summer.

Tickets ($40) and additional information available through Essex Heritage.

Free Intro to Past Life Regression Class

Ever sensed you’ve lived another life before this one? Understanding past lives can be key to personal transformation.  Guided by a Certified Past Life Regression Therapist, discover all about a Past Life Regression Session and have your questions answered in a one hour talk.

2017 Wicked Kidz Race

For full details about the Wicked Kidz race, please visit https://www.wickedrunningclub.com/wicked-kidz-race.

Time note: The 1/2 mile race will start at 9:00 a.m. The 1 mile race will start at 9:30 a.m. Day-of registration for BOTH races will close at approximately 8:50 a.m.

Parking: Public and on street parking available

Course: Shaded, flat crushed stone path

Entry Fee: $2.00 per race; suggested amount

Timing: New for 2017! This race will be professionally timed by North Shore Timing!

Information: Contact any co-director: roo76@comcast.net; williamlavaughan@gmail.com; zarok213@yahoo.com

Registration: Online registration is available at wickedrunningclub.com.Please note, there is a $1.00 fee/race to cover processing fees. Online registration will close on Friday, July 28 at 3:00 p.m. Downloadable mail-in applications are available at wickedrunningclub.com. Day-of registration is available and will close at 8:50 for both the ½ mile and 1 mile race. Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. on race day.

Awards: Trophy to top male & female finishers; Medals to top 3 in each age group; ribbons to all finishers

Age Groups: 5 & under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14

T-Shirts: Shirts to the first 75 registrants. Shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed.

Post-Race: Post race food and beverages provided.

Sisters of the New Moon Fall Equinox Yoga

New moons represent the beginning of a new cycle and offer us the opportunity to set an intention for those things we wish to manifest in our lives.  To celebrate the Autumn Equinox, visit HausWitch and circle with other women in ceremony followed by a Yin and Restorative Yoga practice.  In honor of this season and moon phase we will gather in Salem and create space to connect, restore and revitalize.
*Please bring one item such as a stone, crystal or memento to place on our altar and you’ll leave with them fully charged. Tickets ($25) may be purchased online in advance.

Wildfish Open Water Swim Festival

This swim event has been very successful averaging close to 200 swimmers each year. Wetsuits are suggested for this swim, but not required. The water is very calm in the cove, which is located in Salem Harbor.  First 150 participants will receive race shirts – first come first serve basis. Sizes not guaranteed. Swim caps will be provided for all swimmers. All participants will also receive a custom finishers medal! This races is apart of the premier year of the B&S Open Water Swim Series. Distances Include: 1 Mile, 2 Mile and 1/2 Mile.

For more information and to register ($40-50) visit BNSEventManagement.com.

Metal Yoga & Beer at the Notch Taproom

Join Black Widow Yoga for another Metal Yoga class! $14 for an hour long vinyasa class to doom and heavy metal music at Notch Brewery & Tap Room!

Stay after the beginner-moderately paced class for your favorite Notch brews! Registration is available online.

Please show at least 5-10 minutes before class starts. Make sure to bring your own mat! They will not be provided.

Witches Cup Race

The Witches Cup is back for 2018! In the cycling boom of the 1980’s, Salem proudly hosted annual elite caliber bicycle races with national exposure. It’s the goal of the Witches Cup organizers to revive the strong bicycle racing tradition in downtown Salem, Massachusetts. After a seven-year lull, the Witches Cup under the direction of Salem-based promoters returned in 2007.

Registration information available online. Sign-in will begin one hour before the race begins.

12th Annual Swim and Fin – Race for Salem Sound

Swim & Fin — a fun tradition for swimmers and the whole family in beautiful historic Salem, MA. Great races geared to all ages! Choose between 500 meters, 1 mile or 5k. All proceeds benefit Salem Sound Coastwatch, a nonprofit environmental organization working to make our coastal waters clean and safe–now and for future generations. Swim for clean water! Register now for reduced rate. Special entry fees for youth 17 and under. Bring the family! We’ll have music, raffles, a marine touch tank and more. Admission to the park has been waived–families can picnic and enjoy the playground, walking paths and incredible views from Forest River Park. Visit swimandfin.org for more information and to register. Contact info@salemsound.org or 978-741-7900

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