Adult Wellness Classes & Races


On the third Wednesday of every month, the Hays Recreation Commission will be offering a light/healthy breakfast for everyone interested in using our gyms as a walking track.  This is great chance to get involved in one of our walking programs and meet others who also walk in our gyms.

A body fat analysis can be taken prior to starting any of our group fitness classes or used to just keep track of yourself.  A consultation and discussion will include body weight, height, body fat percentage, and blood pressure.  Please call to set up an appointment with our Wellness Director at 623-2658.
Fee:    $5.00

Have you had your blood pressure checked lately?  You can have your blood pressure checked monthly or weekly for free.  A personal card will be filled out just for you and kept on file at the HRC Fitness Center.

Staying motivated to lose those extra pounds can be very challenging.  A personal card will be started for you and each week you will chart your progress toward your goal.  There is no charge!

Keep track of your mileage and at 100 miles receive a t-shirt. You must register with us and walk 100 miles in one calendar year. Individuals must walk the HRC GYMS routinely to be eligible for this.  Times are available all day to walk, however the best time to walk is between 5:00am - 3:00pm Monday - Friday.  Check our web page or call the office to confirm open gym time.
    Walk all 3 gyms - 9 laps = 1 mile
    Walk Gym #1 & #2 - 12 laps = 1 mile

This is a runners club designed for those who love to run. We will meet weekly and be part of a group that shares a common interest and love for running. The annual fee includes a running jersey and discounted entrance fee to HRC running and triathlon events. You may choose to get additional individualized running programs from 5k, 10k, 1/2, and Full Marathons.
Annual Fee:     $30.00
Individual Running Programs:    $40.00
Entry fee to HRC running event:    $5.00
Ages:    16 & older

The Sunflower Race Series will feature 7 local running events where you can accumulate points towards a series championship total. Age group results will be tabulated after each event. The cumulative results at the end of the season will then determine the final standings. For more information, look at
Events and Dates:
Midwest Running Fest – Russell, Ks    April 22
Waldo McBurney- Quinter, Ks    June 3
Riverfest Fun Run – Ellis, Ks    June 10
Wild West 5k – Hays, Ks    July 1
Herzogfest – Victoria, KS    August 5
Glowing Family Strong – Gorham, Ks    Sep 9
HRC Turkey Trot – Hays, Ks    November 4
Tai Chi Senior is a proactive origination in China and has been used for many years to promote health and well being.  It has been seen that Tai Chi can help to improve balance and relaxation.  Tai Chi consists of slow, fluid movements, which are done in a standing position.  This class is geared toward senior adults and beginner Tai Chi participants. This class will also bring to you standing yoga poses that will complete your over all mind and body.
Entry Deadline:    
Drop In:    $1.00
Held on:    Wed.’s – April 5 - May 31
Time:    1:00 – 1:40pm
Age:    55 & older
Location:    Fitness Center – Studio 1
Limitations:    Min. 5   Max. 15

Instructors will lead you on a run from the Hays Rec Fitness Center to a park where they will break into groups and lead you through a series of fat burning circuits. You will return back to the Rec with a cool down.
Drop In:    $3.00
Held on:    Saturday May 6 & June 24
Time:    9:00am
Get in shape and get a total body workout without the gym.  This 6 week program is designed to teach you to use the outdoor environment as your training facility.  Our Certified trainer will structure workouts designed to increase your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility, all with non-traditional methods.  No drop-in or punch cards.
Entry Deadline:    April 19
Entry Fee:    $30.00
Held on:    Tue. & Thurs.’s, April 25 – June 1
Time:    6:00pm
Ages:    16 & older
Location:    HRC Fitness Center

This year we will be hosting our 5th annual Dash 4 Disabilities FUN RUN! This run will consist of your choice of a 1 mile run/walk or a 5K run/walk. The run will not be timed, and the proceeds will go to help support the Special Populations programs held by HRC. Our goal is to make it so our programs are free or inexpensive for our participants. We will also be putting the money towards an annual Hoedown Event for the IDD Programming. Don’t miss out on this fun event, and a great way to give back and make our community a better place for people of all abilities. Sponsors for this event include: DSNWK, HESS Services and The ARC of Central Plains.
Entry Deadline:    June 14
Entry Fee:    $10.00, $12.00 after the deadline
Held on:     Saturday, June 17
Times:    Registration at 8:15am, Event begins at 9:00am
Ages:    All Ages
Location:    Front of Hays Aquatic Park
Limitations:    Min. 15

Using what nature has to offer, (think stump jumps not box jumps, Balance on a log, etc.) burn maximum calories using minimal equipment.  This intense boot camp, will have you loving the great outdoors, gaining strength, and getting your sweat on.
Entry Deadline:    June 28
Drop In:    $3.00
Held on:    Mon. & Wed., July 3 – Aug. 9
Times:    6:00pm
Ages:    16 & older
Locations:     Dusty Glassman Ball Park -4th & Milner

The Hays Recreation Commission, Progressive Physical Therapy, and Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza, are proud to offer our seventh annual Summer Slam Triathlon.  This event consists of a 400 meter swim, 12 mile bike ride, and a 5k run.  All participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt.  Door prizes and medals awarded to winners of each division. Sign up at
Entry Deadline:    July 26
Entry Fee:    $18.00, $22.00 after the deadline
Held on:    Saturday, July 29
Times:    Registration starts at 7:15am, Event begins at 8:00am
Ages:    12 & older
Location:    Hays Aquatic Park - 4th & Main

The seventh annual Free Spirit Run is being held in memory of Jordyn Claiborn, who was killed in a car accident September 11, 2009.  All proceeds for the run will benefit the Free Spirit Award at Hays High and the Jordyn Claiborn Memorial Scholarship at the FHSU Herndon Clinic for Speech and Language. The run, is named in honor of the way Jordyn lived her life - Free. The Free Spirit Run will feature a 5K and 10K division as well as a "Free Spirit" division for those who want to make a contribution and set their own distance.
Entry Deadline:    September 13
Entry Fee:    $18.00, $22.00 after the deadline
Held on:    Saturday, September 16
Times:    Registration starts at 9:15am, Race begins at 10:00am
Ages:    All Ages
Location:    Dusty Glassman Ballpark - 4th & Milner
Limitations:    Min. 15

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