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A Health and Fitness Checkpoint (March-April 2020)

BY Regan Hewitt

It’s almost spring!

Included below is an updated, hand-picked list of upcoming races, events, and classes happening in and around town. As an added bonus, a lot of these events benefit local and national charities. 

Big Buffalo 50

The 3rd Annual Big Buffalo 50 is on March 21, 2020 at Shelby Farms Park. The event includes several race options, but the main event is a 50 mile endurance run. If two marathons are too much, you can instead participate in the 50k race (roughly 31 miles) or the 50k team relay. Organize a team of five racers to compete in a race around Shelby Farms Park. This event supports Kids Kickin’ Cancer. To learn more about this event, and for registration details, visit:

Online Registration Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020

Registration: Online, Day of Race

Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020

Location: Shelby Farms Park

Time: 6:00am, 8:00am, 10:00am

The 3rd Annual Freedom Run 5k benefiting Forever Young Veterans of Collierville

The 3rd Annual Freedom Run 5k benefiting Forever Young Veterans of Collierville is on March 28, 2020, and it’s not too late to register. This race is organized by Ben Emerson, a local Eagle Scout. Forever Young Veterans is a 501c(3) organization, and all proceeds will help send three World War II veterans on a “Trip of Honor ” to Germany for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. To register for the race, or to simply donate to its cause, you can visit Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome, and all participants will receive a free t-shirt. Early registration ends on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Early Registration Closes: Saturday, March 14, 2020

Registration: Day of Race

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020

Location: W.C. Johnson Park

Time: 8:00am

NFT Lights for Life Neon 5k

Online Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Registration: Online, Day of Race

Date: Friday, April 3, 2020

Location: Highpoint Church

Time: 7:00pm

Fairway 5k Presented by Southern Security

This popular spring event is back for its 8th annual race. The Fairway 5k is a fun event that features some unique amenities. There’s an after party with live music by the Mighty Electric St. Jude Band, food, drinks, and more. For more information, visit:

Online Registration Deadline: Friday, April 17, 2020

Registration: Online, Day of Race

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020

Location: Southwind Country Club

Time: 8:00am

Los Locos Duathalon

The Los Locos Duathalon is a local favorite. This Dualathlon, located in Germantown, encourages teamwork – Start Together, Race Together, Finish Together. The event offers races over three distances. The Sprint race is a 2 mile run, 14 mile bike, and another 2 mile run. The Super Sprint race is a 1 mile run, 10 mile bike, and another 1 mile run. To register for this unique event, visit:

Registration: Online, Day of Race

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2020

Location: Wolf River Boulevard at Kimbrough

Time: 8:00am

Crossfit Classes in Collierville

Collierville is home to a couple of businesses that offer CrossFit classes to its community. Hit & Run CrossFit also features locations in Memphis and Germantown. CrossFit classes offer dynamic, compound workouts; they’re a great resource for those who love intense, all-around exercise. If you haven’t tried CrossFit before, you definitely should.

Battle Axe CrossFit

BattleAxe CrossFit is a CrossFit facility located in Collierville. Owned and operated by an experienced team of health and fitness consultants, the team at Battle Axe CrossFit (located on Highway 72) believes that fitness can be the best part of everyone’s day. Battle Axe CrossFit delivers safe, effective, and fun classes throughout each week. To view a detailed calendar and local class times, visit their website:

Hit & Run CrossFit

Hit & Run CrossFit is a CrossFit training facility that serves the Mid-South with four locations in the greater Memphis area. Its Collierville location, on South Main Street, offers CrossFit classes throughout the week. On their website, you’ll find a sub-page titled “Workout of the Day” that describes a workout that you can perform, individually or in groups, on your own time. Visit Hit & Run’s website: to learn more.

Of course, there are so many more ways to stay healthy and fit throughout the year. In January-February’s Checkpoint, we mentioned Collierville’s local gyms, Collierville Kickboxing, and Collierville Yoga, but as warmer weather approaches, don’t forget that Collierville is home to some wonderful parks that you can use to break the monotony of a normal, indoor workout.

This spring, run around outside, play tennis, or visit H.W. Cox Park’s outdoor gym (located by the tennis courts) for a different kind of workout.

Story by | Nick Cotros

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