At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Just in time for Halloween, the Goblin Gallop 5K Run cheerfully haunts the cross-country course that winds around the Jimmy Burke Activity Center and the Battleground Golf Course. Adults head out over the grassy hills for a timed 5K, while youngsters ages 12 and under run their own race with the Kid's Monster Mile. After crossing the finish line, participants gather to listen to music, play games, and snack on eats from Whataburger. Participants are also encouraged to dress in their spookiest running shoes to enter the costume contest. And all the scary, seasonal fun is for a good cause: a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Rose, a local breast care health center.