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Events: Burn some calories in the outdoors

Now that spring weather has finally arrived and the march to summer has begun, more and more people are busting out of their gyms and heading outdoors to get their exercise. Recent temperate evenings on the Charles River, for example, have drawn hordes of runners, cyclists, and rowers — and even a handful of slackliners.

If you’re not currently a runner, rower, or cyclist, you can still get fit outdoors:

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  On Wednesdays through June, there is a free evening outdoor boot camp on the North End Greenway. The workouts, hosted by City Sports and Beantown Bootcamp, will vary each week, and will include strength and muscle conditioning, cardio, agility and plyometrics, according to the organizers. The boot camp is taught by a certified personal trainer, and RSVPs are required. For more information:

 Maybe you’ve thought of becoming a runner but just don’t know how or where to start. A running program for beginners could be just what you need to get race-ready. Beginning June 3, the Ultimate 5k Race Training Program runs for six weeks on Tuesday nights from 6 to 7. Organizers say it’s “perfect for beginning runners or those looking to get back in the game.” Participants will build endurance and speed, learn about proper form and cross training, and by the end, should be able to tackle their first 5k with confidence. For more information: www.ultimate

 If cycling is your outdoor fitness activity of choice, or if you’re a newbie who’d like to gain more confidence on the bike,
either way, you’re in luck — May is
National Bike Month
, which means events are planned throughout the state all month long. Some events are for longtime cyclists, but others are geared to beginners, including a Basic Bicycling Skills Class at Landry’s Bicycles in Boston. On May 24, the session will last for three hours and help adults and older teens
adjust their bike and helmet, learn to shift gears smoothly, and ride safely in traffic. For more information:


May 10-18 is Bay State Bike Week, and for a listing of events throughout the week and beyond, check out: www.bay


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