Fitness and fun go hand-in-hand in Ridgeland! In fact, the city was selected as the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation’s Healthiest Hometown. This award came with a grant of $50,000 to be spent on creating more healthy options and recreation in Ridgeland. The Healthy Hometown Committee decided on a disc golf course. The new 18-hole course in located at Old Trace Park on the Barnett Reservoir. The Ridgeland Disc Golf Course was designed to accommodate all skill levels and uses existing features and topography to create a fun and challenging experience.
The spring and summer seasons bring a plethora of fun outdoor activities in Ridgeland. If you’re into running, cycling, swimming or fishing Ridgeland is THE place for you to enjoy the warm weather and great outdoors. Here’s some activities and events to up your fun and fitness level to make your 2019 the best yet!
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at fly fishing, the good folks at Orvis in Renaissance at Colony Park can hook you up! On most Saturdays the spring and summer, participate in Free Fly Fishing 101 lessons. Classes will be held from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with all the needed equipment provided. This a great opportunity to learn a sport that your entire family can enjoy. For dates, registration and information, visit Orvis Fly Fishing.
Get a head start on your Cinco de Mayo celebration at Sombra Mexican Kitchen’s Mustache Dash Fun Run on Thursday, May 2nd. Don your best ‘stache and choose from a 1- or 4-mile run, then relax afterward with a complimentary house margarita or beer (plus other great drink specials!) The run kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and costumes are encouraged with the “best dressed” winning a $25 Sombra gift card. For more info, visit ‘Stash Dash. This event is sponsored by Fleet Feet and Capital City Beverages.
The Natchez Trace Century Ride on Saturday, May 4th brings over 700 cyclists to town to ride 25, 50, 62 or 100-mile routes for all ages and abilities. There’s “energizer” stops with food and fun every 10-15 miles. Enjoy the beauty of the Natchez Trace Parkway, Barnett Reservoir and the scenery all across Ridgeland and Madison County. And get ready for the big party, “Rockin’ After the Ride” with great food, live music and the chance to win a brand new bike! For more info on routes and registration, visit Run Sign Up.
A Run to Remember on Saturday, May 4th is Hospice Ministries’ annual 5K walk/run that promotes hospice care in our community. Also included in a 1-mile fun run for children. For registration and information, visit Hospice Ministries.
The 12th annual Ride of Silence will begin in the parking lot of Northpark Mall (main Belk Entrance) on Wednesday, May 15th at 6:45 p.m. This is a 6-mile ride honors cyclists that have been killed or injured while riding their bicycle. It is a slow paced, silent ride, and is supported by the Ridgeland Police Department. The ride is open to anyone and there is no cost.
The 2019 Heatwave Classic Triathlon is celebrating 34 years of active fun on Saturday, June 1st! This year’s race will consist of a ½ mile swim in the Barnett Reservoir, a 27-mile bike ride along the scenic and historic Natchez Trace Parkway, and a 10K run along Ridgeland’s heavily shaded Multi-Use Trail. For details and registration, visit Triathlon Sign Up.
For those runners who like good beer and good fun, the Fleet Feet Pub Runs are just for you! Join the friendly folks at Fleet Feet on the last Wednesday of the month from April through October at Soulshine Pizza Factory in The Township at Colony Park for a 2 to 4-mile walk or run and enjoy a complimentary post-run beer. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome; however you must be 21 or older to enjoy the adult beverage! Be sure to arrive at Soulshine a little before 6:00 pm to check in and put your name in the hat for some fabulous door prizes. For tickets to this free event, visit Fleet Feet and be sure to register on their mobile app to claim your rewards miles.
On Saturday, June 15th the 23rd annual Father and Child Fishing Tournament will take place at Old Trace Park, along the banks of Barnett Reservoir, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Bring you fishing pole or rod & reel and bait and enjoy a great day of family fishing during the Father’s Day Weekend! Prizes awarded for Biggest Fish, Most Fish and Smallest Fish. This is a FREE event sponsored by the City of Ridgeland Recreation and Parks in partnership with the Pearl River Valley Water Supply District. For more information, visit Ridgeland Sports & Events.
It’s the 5th Annual Dash ‘n’ Splash 5K Race for Brain Injury on Saturday, June 29th at Old Trace Park on the Barnett Reservoir. This is a fun family event where all runners, walkers, and rollers are welcome! 5K Run, Walk and Roll, featuring a “Fun Run” for ages 10 and under. After the race enjoy family-friendly activities in the “Splash” Zone including water slides, water balloons and watermelons! Bring your own super soaker and join in the fun! For more info, visit Get Soaked.
There’s no need to sit on couch this spring and summer when you can get outside and have some fun in beautiful Ridgeland!