If you have never visited the West Cabarrus YMCA, you don't know what you are missing.
Something is always going on at this multifaceted health organization. Stop in and you will probably see adults working out in the gym or exercising in the pools, little kids playing in the child watch area or older kids hanging out at the teen center.
There is an indoor climbing wall and an indoor water park. You can even sign up your children for various sports teams or dance classes or treat yourself to a massage. A great many more events and programs are available.
But I will mention here one more event that the YMCA is planning for next month: the Pumpkin Roll.
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"We decided it would be a great opportunity to certify a 5K course and host a great event where walkers and runners alike could participate, said Monica Robinson, the Y's health and fitness director. "We have a lot of people in the community who enjoy exercising outside and determined this would be a great time of year to provide this event."
You won't actually have to roll a pumpkin on the course.
"Since this event is toward the end of October and close to Halloween, we determined it would be fun to name it something festive that would attract both walkers and runners and every age in the family," Robinson said.
Be sure to sign up early: If you register by Oct. 9, the fee is only $20. By Oct. 22 it rises to $25. On race day it's $30.
To participate in the 1-mile fun run is only $8.
All proceeds go toward the Y's Change A Life Campaign, which helps those who can't afford to join any of the YMCA programs.
"This is our annual support campaign where we turn no one away for their inability to pay," Robinson said. "This makes a huge impact on families in the community who need our help."
Even if you would rather not run or even walk, you can still join the fun. There will be plenty of other things to do before, during and after the race.
"We will have a DJ ... and various activities and giveaways from our sponsors," Robinson said. "Come join us in our efforts to change lives."