YMCAs across the Dallas Metroplex are launching a free virtual fun run, walk or bike ride to promote fun family-friendly activities outside the house during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Fly The Coop Virtual Run/Walk/Ride is slated for Saturday-Sunday, May 16-17, where individuals and families may run, bike or walk without a minimum distance or time to finish over one or both days.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth and the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA are joining forces to provide individuals and families a fun opportunity to get some exercise and enjoy outside while practicing social distancing safely.

To participate, register for free at www.ymcadallas.org/turkeytrot/flythecoop.

“Participants can choose to run, walk, ride bicycles as well as other activities including walking/running with a pet, roller skating or even get pulled in a wagon!” a spokesman said. “Many people are feeling ‘cooped up’ during this time of social distancing and stay-at-home regulations. The YMCA is offering this as a remedy to help those impacted to spend some safe, quality time outdoors.”

Fly The Coop in May and the annual Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot and Fort Worth Y Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day are held to help members of the community be healthy, active and mentally well. It’s up to each individual family or individual to decide how far they want to run, bike or walk.

All registered participants will receive:

• A race bib to download, print, customize and wear during your activity

• A virtual medal to download and print

• Early access to register for the 2020 YMCA Turkey Trots in Dallas and Fort Worth

“As social distancing and shelter-in-place guidelines prevent traditional health and wellness routines, it’s more important than ever that people stay active and prioritize both their physical and mental health,” said Curt Hazelbaker, president and CEO for YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas. “The Y is committing to helping people stay active at a time when they may not be able to visit a physical gym or have access to workout equipment.”

For more information about the Dallas Fort Worth area YMCAs, including the one in Waxahachie, visit ymcadfw.org.

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