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Harbor Islands host summer fitness events

The Boston Harbor Islands are home to several outdoor health and fitness events this summer, and are just a ferry ride away.

Beginners can take sea kayaking lessons in the waters surrounding Spectacle Island, and can learn about the island at the same time. The lessons will be led by a park ranger and will be in single kayaks. Kayakers must be older than 12 and able to swim. The 30-minute-long lessons will held in several time slots on Mondays and Wednesdays starting this week and going through August. Those who already have some kayaking experience may be interested in the ranger-led kayaking tours. Sign up on Spectacle Island on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Also on Spectacle Island are outdoor yoga classes every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. through the summer. The yoga classes are free, but regular ferry fees apply, and participants should bring a mat or towel and meet at the Spectacle Island visitor center. Class participants should plan to take the 9:30 a.m. boat to Spectacle Island, and organizers suggest arriving at the dock at least 30 minutes ahead of time to allow for ticketing and boarding.

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In August, there will be a family Fitness & Field Day at Peddocks Island. The event will include hiking, crossfit, Zumba classes, children’s relay races, yoga, and other events. The ferry to Peddocks Island can be caught at Long Wharf North in downtown Boston and the ferry will be free all day Aug. 15, the day of the field day event.

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Just because you’re not a major league baseball player doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to run over home plate at Fenway Park. If crossing home plate has been a dream, you’ll have a chance on July 19, during the 2014 Run to Home Base at Fenway Park.

The event, which includes a 9k run and a 3k walk, is a fund-raiser to help provide services to local Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Registration is still available for the race, which also includes a fund-raising requirement for adults of $1,000 for the 9k run and $250 for the 3k walk. Full-time active duty members of the military have no fund-raising requirements; the fund-raising requirement for children participating in the walk is $125.

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