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On St. Patrick?s Day weekend, runners in the fun, festive Leprechaun Leap wind their way through the District at Tustin Legacy, treading a brisk 5-kilometer course. The laid-back atmosphere welcomes veteran runners, walkers, babies in strollers, and dogs either attached to leashes or piloting miniature blimps from above. Participants are spurred on by the race's very own mascot, Terry O'Tustin.

At the finish line, each runner receives a finisher?s T-shirt and wristband, as the closing ceremonies honor the racers with the fastest time and bestow awards to the best costume for both humans and canines. After the event, an expo sprawls across the District?s promenade, where racers and spectators groove to live music and entertainment.

Tustin Ranch Rd. and Barranca Pkwy
Irvine,
CA
US

Baby Boot Camp was designed by fitness expert Kristen Horler, who sought a method for new moms to shed their post-pregnancy weight without having to hire a babysitter or personal trainer. Rather than working out away from their babies, mothers in Horler's Strollfit classes keep their strollers close, even pushing them along to use them as resistance. Taught by a nationally certified trainer, each session also relies on exercise tubing and the moms' own body weight to help tone muscles and regain their pre-baby silhouettes.

5302 Payton
Irvine,
CA
US

Nestled against the edge of the Kenai Fjords National Park, Miller's Landing retains much of the natural scenery and charm that surrounded the area when the Miller family first built its homestead on the site in the 1950s. The small community has withstood earthquakes, fires, and the Earth's transition from black and white into color to grow into a premiere camping destination where wilderness seekers can pitch tents or rent quaint cottages. The location surrounds its visitors in panoramic views of Resurrection Bay, Mount Alice, and Fox Island, inviting them to hike across its coastal trails.

Relaxing and adventurous activities complement Miller's scenic landscapes, with local experts leading boat tours and chartering fishing expeditions. Horseback tours trek across secluded terrain, whereas sea-kayak classes float in the shadow of snow and whipped-cream-capped mountains.

13890 Beach Boulevard
Seward,
AK
US

Baby Boot Camp was designed by fitness expert Kristen Horler, who sought a method for new moms to shed their post-pregnancy weight without having to hire a babysitter or personal trainer. Rather than working out away from their babies, mothers in Horler's Strollfit classes keep their strollers close, even pushing them along to use them as resistance. Taught by a nationally certified trainer, each session also relies on exercise tubing and the moms' own body weight to help tone muscles and regain their pre-baby silhouettes.

24932 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

On August 16, a crowd of more than 200,000 is expected to gather in Long Beach for Beach Bash 2014, a multifaceted event built around healthy lifestyles, live entertainment, and general fun in the sun. A Guinness World Record-breaking attempt anchors the day's festivities, with more than 3,000 women set to march down Long Beach Boulevard in an attempt to create the largest bikini parade in history, as well as safely intercept any meteors made of sunscreen that might hurtle toward Earth.

Aside from the parade, many other activities dot the bash's massive layout, including special performances in dance, acrobatics, and magic and concerts by Led Zeppelin, ABBA, and Beatles tribute bands. Mixed in amongst the tunes and other attractions, educational clinics school groups in such subjects as marriage and how to quit smoking, and more than 100 food vendors dole out some of the area's best eats.

1126 queens highway
Long Beach,
CA
US

Founded in 1884, the YMCA of Greater Long Beach has been around longer than there's been a city of Long Beach. The community center—one of the oldest and largest of its kind—is equipped to handle more than 30,000 people or 18,000 gorillas annually. Besides its six community branches, 25 after-school sites, and five early childcare programs, the YMCA maintains a 230-acre camp area in the Big Bear area. In town, toddlers can attend childcare programs; kids can take martial arts and basketball lessons; teens can develop their leadership skills; adults can sign up for sports classes of their own; and the whole family can enjoy the pool.

4103 North Viking Way
Long Beach,
CA
US