Rock ’N Run 5k Goes “Radio” Active

Rock Run 5k

The Washington County Family YMCA, in partnership with WSLM, will be hosting their annual 5k fundraiser on October 1st, 2016 to support their annual campaign.

Join the Y and partner WSLM Classic Hits Radio as they let loose in the 4th annual charitable 5k event. This year, the 5k will make you “Radio” Active as you move and groove the rhythm of the beats provided by WSLM. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in their best “radio” active apparel and join in for the Warm Up Party scheduled for 8:30 am.

The race starts at 9:00 am, and will be followed by the Kids Fun Run, healthy treats, and vendors to visit. Awards will follow for top finishers and best dressed.

“We are really looking forward to a fun event,” said Kristy Purlee, CEO of the Washington County Family YMCA. “This event not only promotes fun and health, it also promotes social responsibility,” said Purlee. “In 2015, our charitable organization raised over $58,000 that was given right back to our community in the form of financial assistance. Individuals who otherwise would not have been able to participate in our programs and membership were able to do so thanks to the generosity, support and membership of our community. We want to ensure that everyone has a chance to be a part of our cause—regardless of their financial situation.”

The YMCA offers financial assistance to families and individuals to ensure that everyone is able to participate in their mission. All proceeds raised from the 5k event will aid in making the financial assistance program possible.

Volunteer opportunities are also available on race day to assist with the logistics of the event. If you, or someone you know, is interested in assisting the event by volunteering, please contact Kristy Purlee for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Donations may also be made to sponsor walkers or runners by visiting

Registration is now open, and those who register by September 17th will benefit from Early Registration discounts. Participants 0-5 are free, ages 6-12 are $15 per participant, and anyone 13 years and older will register for $25. Late registrations will be accepted until the race starts, and prices for registering on or after September 17th will be $20 for the 6-12 age group and $30 for the 13 and up category. Early registrants (ages 6 and up) are guaranteed a shirt with their entry. Late registrants are not guaranteed a shirt.

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2016 Fall Water Aerobics Classes Forming

Water Aerobics

Tone and sculpt your body with no impact to your joints. This popular water aerobics workout is a swimming blend of cardio and resistance training, and may incorporate resistance tools such as buoyant water weights and noodles. The water provides an atmosphere of safe resistance for aerobic conditioning. This class is perfect for the fit, pregnant, and/or joint-sensitive individual. You need not be a swimmer to participate.

Join us at the Salem Middle School Pool for Water Aerobics Classes. 

First class is Monday Oct. 3rd! We must have 8 in each class in order to run the program. 

Click here to register or more info on Water Aerobics


Zoe For President: New Candidate Announces Her Run for Commander in Chief In 2064

Zoe for President

YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) has launched Zoe for President, a campaign to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation's Commander in Chief…in 2064….maybe… if she wants…. The campaign highlights the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up and change the world if they're nurtured properly and supported along the way. Through Y initiatives like childcare, academic enrichment, mentorship, college prep, job training, and more, kids have the opportunities to succeed, grow, and one day, maybe even become president. The Y aims to impart the values of what it means to achieve—how hard work, determination, perseverance and character can drive someone to success beyond what they thought possible.

Like all candidates, Zoe has her own campaign website,, where users can donate to her campaign, watch videos of her stance on issues and shop for swag. When users donate to Zoe's campaign, they are donating to their local Y and supporting the programs and services that enable kids like Zoe to thrive from childhood to old age.

"While Zoe for President is a breath of fresh air during a heated campaign cycle, every child, regardless of background, needs support and guidance to reach their full potential," said Kevin Washington, president and CEO, YMCA of the USA. "Our campaign will address actual issues that America's communities are faced with each day like access to early childhood education, safe space, meal assistance, and the Y's role in solving the challenges head on." 

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