Get Running (and Searching) with the YMCA

Saturday, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh hosts virtual activities to celebrate Healthy Family Day.

The YMCA’s 2018 Healthy Kids Day. Photo Courtesy YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

As stay-at-home stretches toward the 50-day mark, families may be finding it challenging to introduce surprises and changes to daily routines. Fortunately, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh wants to help you look at your home, yard and neighborhood with fresh eyes.

This Saturday, the YMCA celebrates its Healthy Family Day with activities including a virtual scavenger hunt. Participating families, coached via live stream, will look for objects, guess answers to trivia questions and complete other tasks in the house, in the neighborhood and online. For every object found and question answered in 90 minutes, families will tally points that can be used to enter prize drawings.

Healthy Family Day is a modification of the YMCA’s traditional Healthy Kids Day, an event held in early April at YMCA facilities nationwide. In light of the pandemic, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh designated May 2 as an alternative celebration.

In addition to the virtual scavenger hunt, participants can register for a virtual 5K or duathlon (a 5K run and 20K bike ride). These races, which the YMCA states can be completed either on a treadmill or in public while observing social distancing, will benefit either YMCA programs in general or individual YMCA branches, as participants prefer.

Available prizes promise more fun in the future. Winners may receive passes to favorite local attractions including the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and Heinz History Center, among other prizes.

All registrations — a suggested donation of $35 is requested — will help support the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s COVID-19 relief efforts.

More details and registration links are available at the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh’s website.

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