The annual Corporate Cup Challenge is back again, but it’s not all the YMCA in Dodge City is offering.

Tonight, the Dodge City Family YMCA is hosting a free Family Fun Night dubbed the "Back to School Bash" from 6 to 8 p.m. All area families are invited to attend, free of charge, regardless of membership status. Activities include inflatables, carnival games, swimming, snacks and refreshments. For more information contact family director Cassie Roths at 620-225-8157 or by email at croths@ymcaswkansas.org.

The Dodge City Family YMCA kicks off its annual Corporate Cup Challenge on Thursday, Sept. 28. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The Corporate Cup Challenge is a program hosted by the YMCA that is designed to encourage staff and community collaboration through participation in healthy lifestyle activities.

The Challenge will include 20 individual and team events over a span of 16 days. Events include pickle ball, giant Jenga, Texas hold’em, darts, pool, and a cook off, amongst others. All registered team members will receive a free team T-shirt, and a free YMCA membership for the month of September.

"It’s set up so that it doesn’t have to be just an employee," said Stacie Droste, healthy living director at the YMCA. "Wives, children anyone 16 or older associated with the family of an employee can participate.

"Teams can have as many as 30 team members."

Cost to participate is $425 per team, and $375 for YMCA Corporate Partners. The cost to register additional teams within participating businesses is $300. Businesses interested in becoming Corporate Partners may do so for free during the month of September.

"Last year we had six teams," Droste said. "We want more this year."

Businesses who would like to participate but lack team members may contact the YMCA to be matched with another team, or may choose to partner with another business to meet the minimum requirements.

For more information visit ymcaswkansas.org or contact Droste at 620-225-8157 or by email at sdroste@ymcaswkansas.org.

If you want to get into fitness — but not team challenges — the YMCA has you covered.

The Dodge City Family YMCA recently announced a new 90-day fitness challenge aimed to help participants shed pounds, inches and body fat, and improve cardiovascular endurance. The fitness challenge is associated with the YMCA’s RIPPED exercise class. Weigh-in and body statistic recording is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the YMCA, 240 San Jose. Final measurements and class attendance will be recorded on Dec. 9, and prizes will be awarded to the top three placers.

"It takes 90 days to form a habit," Droste said of the 90-day challenge. "The hope is by doing the RIPPED class for 90 days, we can convert some people into become healthier and fitter, which can improve someone’s way of life."

RIPPED class is a total-body, high-intensity style program using free weights, resistance and body weight. The constantly changing format is designed to help participants achieve results in less time than traditional exercise classes. The class meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., and is open to participants ages 16 and older. Monthly class fees are $25 for members, and $35 for non-members/program participants. Daily fees are $3 for members, and $4 for program participants.

"I teach the RIPPED class and I tell you, I feel better on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays," Droste said. "I always feel better on the days I exercise."

Participants may join RIPPED class without participating in the 90-day challenge.

The YMCA also currently has openings in its Boot Camp class. Boot Camp is a high-intensity workout focused on improving cardiovascular endurance and strengthening muscles. Class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and is open to participants ages 16 and older. Monthly class fees are $20 for members and $40 for non-members/program participants. Daily fees are $4 for members and $8 for program participants.

Interested parties may register for classes at the YMCA Welcome Center, 240 San Jose. The 90-Day Challenge participants must register prior to the Sept. 9 weigh-in.

For more information contact Droste.

 

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