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Combine a week’s worth of beautiful weather with Cinco de Mayo (conveniently on a Friday this year) and you’ve got yourself a good time. If you’re still able to brave the outdoors despite the plethora of pollen on the ground (have you seen those wads green wads?), we’ve rounded up the best ways to get you outside and moving this week.

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BootCamp with Ariel Bright Fitness

Kick it into high gear with outdoor boot camp. Spend your Tuesday toning up for the summer with Ariel Bright.  Stop by the studio on 1440 N Street NW  at 7 p.m. before heading outside for a serious workout.


Columbia Heights/Adams Morgan Run with DC Capital Striders

Early bird gets the worm. Join fellow runners for an early morning run (6:30 a.m., to be exact) and stride through Columbia Heights and Adams Morgan. This 4 to 5 mile jog is for those who are a little more seasoned, but don’t let lack of experience deter you from starting your day bright and early.



Night Run with DC Front Runners

If you’re not sore from Wednesday morning, go for an evening run on Thursday. Join the DC Front Runners for at night run along the Potomac River. The 3 to 6 mile run starts at 7 p.m. at the Shevchenko Memorial on 23rd and P streets NW. We recommend you start stretching from now.


National Cinco de Mayo Festival

Celebrate the festive May holiday on the National Mall for a day filled with live performances, games, food, dance contests, and more. Take Friday off and go join the festivities. Start practicing your best dance moves from now.


CorePower Yoga on the Plaza

Channel your inner yogi and join CorePower Yoga for an outdoor adventure. From 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. participate in the free yoga class on the plaza at Fairfax Corner. Namaste.

Hills of Rock Creek with BicycleSPACE

If all the activity this week hasn’t wiped you out yet, join BicycleSPACE for a ride through the hills of Rock Creek. Be warned, this is a 30 mile ride, but since this week is the first Sunday of May, beginners are welcome. This Sunday’s ride will be a bit slower (compared to the usual 10 to 15 miles per hour) and is open to any and all who want to get cycling.

Go forth into nature!