Exercise is a great way to help people gain health, happiness and confidence. Exercising regularly will help with cardiovascular flexibility and strength, and will reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. It also helps yield higher levels of self-esteem and confidence, and improves mental health.

So get off the couch, grab a friend and get moving!. San Angelo has many events coming up that promote physical activity and most of them are kid-friendly. This is a great way to improve your overall health while having fun with your family and friends! Be sure to also check the calendar periodically for new and upcoming events.

Benefits of a rower compared to other machines


When at the gym you are faced with many machines. Treadmill, elliptical, indoor cycle machines. All are great, but they work your lower body only. In some cases, they have moving handlebars for your upper body, but that's rare. One machine you might overlook is the rowing machine.This machine is a beast. It can build and tone muscles, strengthen cardiovascular function and improve your endurance. It works both your upper and lower body together.

The rowing machine’s upper-body component primarily works the large muscles in your back and shoulders, plus the pulling muscles in your arms. The lower-body component works your core and legs. When form is right your core is engaged the entire workout and the leg muscles are in constant motion during a rowing workout. Your legs work to propel your body backward in the pulling phase of the movement. The key to this great workout is form. Proper form is crucial to get all the benefits. Click here to see correct form when on a rower.

Local bike rides

If you are interested in joining a cycling group or just looking for local biking routes, the San Angelo Bicycling Association can help with that. SABA has a page dedicated to road rides as well as biking events in San Angelo. One such group, The Loop Group, meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for a self-paced ride. These rides allow riders of all ability levels to test themselves against other cyclists and enjoy the camaraderie.  

For more info on the different routes and biking groups, check out the SABA page here.

36th Annual Southland Shuffle

The 36th annual Southland Shuffle on Aug. 19 in Meadowcreek Park includes a 6-mile and a 2-mile race. There is no online pre-registration, no T-shirts, the awards are hand-made by Anne Fish, and there might be a person with an antique stopwatch and clipboard doing the timing. Registration costs $3 and begins at 6:45 a.m. in the park, 5117 Tabosa Drive.

  • When: 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19
  • Where: Meadowcreek Park, 5117 Tabosa Drive
  • Distances: 6-mile and 2-mile runs
  • Entry: $3 morning of race

Rockin' River Run 10K/5K/1M

This will be the 4th annual Rockin' River Run 10K, 5K and 1-mile run/walk event. This is a community event that continues to be sponsored by the Central High School Mighty Bobcat Band Booster Club. Come out and enjoy the course along the Concho River. The Mighty Bobcat Band will play for runners as they cross the finish line. Proceeds from the event will go to the Central High School Mighty Bobcat Band.

  • When: Monday, Sept. 4
  • Where: Central High School Band Hall, 655 Caddo St.
  • Distances: 10K/5K/1M
  • Time: 10K at 7:45 a.m., 5K and 1M at 8 a.m.

Register Here

SAPD Antibully Run - 5th Annual Walk/Run

This year’s 5th Annual DREAM Superhero Anti-Bully Run will be Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Central High School Tucker Hall parking lot. The purpose of this event is to help raise money for the DREAM program, which stands for Drug Resistant Education And Mentoring. If you are not a runner, that’s OK; there's also a one-mile run/walk! Come dressed as your favorite superhero! The first 50 registered get a run shirt & runners bag. 

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 9
  • Where: Central High School Tucker Hall parking lot at Guadalupe and Caddo streets
  • Distances: 5K and 1M walk/run
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. - Registration & packet pickup
               7:30 p.m. - 5K
               7:45 p.m. - 1 mile

For more info on how to register, click here.

Texas Wounded Warrior 5K and 1-mile run/walk

The Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation 5K and 1-mile run will be Sept. 9. All proceeds from the run will go to the Texas Wounded Warriors program. The mission of the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation is to raise awareness, and to honor and empower U.S. military warriors, enabling them to assimilate back to daily life upon their return from combat. The foundation provides veterans injured from combat operation in Iraq and Afghanistan with funding to defray the basic costs of living, incurred as a result of short- and long-term care of those injuries

Medals will be awarded to the top three female finishers and the top three male finishers in each age group for the 5K. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers for the 1-mile run. Gift certificates with be awarded to the overall male and female finishers. Door prizes will be given to runners.

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 9
  • Where: Kids Kingdom park, 290 W. River Drive
  • Distances: 5K and 1-mile run/walk
  • Time: 9 a.m.

You can register online or by clicking here to print out a mail in form. Online registration will be available soon!

Crime Stoppers 5K/1-mile run or walk

Celebrate Crime Stoppers Month with a 5K or 1-Mile run/walk, a dodgeball battle, obstacle course and more. Following the run, there will be a dodgeball battle and obstacle course for everyone to participate in. Registration is open. The first 100 registered runners will receive a shirt and goody bag.

  • When: Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Where: San Angelo Stadium, 1621 University Ave.
  • Distances: 5K and 1-mile run/walk
  • Time: 8 a.m.

Register here

23rd Annual Armydillo Run

The 23rd Annual Armydillo Run will be Sept. 23 at Spring Creek Marina to support the Sentinel Foundation, a nonprofit that operates at Goodfellow Air Force Base and assists the Army unit there. The organization provides funds for events such as Army battalion events, the Army Ball, and other morale events throughout the year.  

There will be a 20K run, 5K/10K run and ruck march, and a 1-mile fun run.

  • When: Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
  • Where: Spring Creek Marina and RV Park at Lake Nasworthy
  • Time: 5K / 10K / 20K at 8 a.m., 1-mile fun run at 8:10 a.m.
  • Distances: 20K, 10K, 5K, 1M

Register here

Future races

Oct. 7: ECVFD 5M & half-marathon

Oct. 14: 6th Annual Buddy Walk

Oct. 28: Dinosaur Run
             San Angelo Heart Walk