The Hays Recreation Commission and Hays Rec Fitness are proud members of the Get Active Kansas campaign. Our mission, in joint with the state of Kansas, is to offer activities and wellness programs for all ages. Get UP, Get ACTIVE, and Get MOVING!

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:  $10.00

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.  Let us help you by dropping in weekly to weigh-in. 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. Additional individualized running programs from 5k, 10k, 1/2, and Full Marathons.
Annual Fee:  $25.00
Individual Running Programs:  $40.00
Entry fee to HRC running event:  $5.00
Chair yoga is a slow and easy, but challenging work-out that accommodates people with physical limitation. It is easy on the joints, beginner-friendly, relaxing to follow, and fun. The movements are done seated or standing, supported by a chair, so that almost anybody can participate.  
Entry Deadline:  April 15
Entry Fee:  $6.00
Held on:  Wed.’s – April 22 – May 27
Time:  1:00 – 1:40pm
Age:  55 & older
Location:  Recreation Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 20

Want to see what trail running is all about? Join Hays Recreation in conjunction with Sara Kay Carrell of Wild Within You for running series Hell Creek on Heels!  The series of 10K, 15K, 25K, 30k, 50K trail runs and NEW open water Olympic distance Tri Wild Road Triathlon 2015 Race will be offered. In addition to each event a 5K run will also occur. The Switchgrass Trail at Wilson State Park will NOT leave you disappointed! All runs will begin at the trail head for Switchgrass Trail, which is located in the Switchgrass Campground of Wilson State Park. Run distances are approximate due to the nature of trail running. So be prepared for the event to possibly be a little longer than expected on occasion.  Check for most current trail conditions at Facebook Switchgrass Trail and also at How Will You Wild!
Entry Deadline:
  Session 1:  April 24 - Trail 10k & 5k
  Session 2:  May 29 - Trail 15k & 5k
  Session 3:  July 17 - Trail 25k & 5k
  Session 4:  July 17 - Tri Wild Road Triathlon
  (500m swim, 32 mile bike, 10K run)
  Session 5:  October 2 – Trail 50K, 30K & 5k
Entry Fee:  $25.00 for Trail Runs
  $35.00 Tri Wild Road Triathlon
  $5.00 late fee after the deadline
Held on:  Session 1:  Saturday, May 2
  Session 2:  Sunday, June 7
  Session 3:  Saturday July 25
  Session 4:  Saturday, July 25
  Session 5:  Sunday, October 10
Time:  All trail runs 7:00am registration
  8:00am start
  Tri Wild Road Triathlon - 6:00am register
  7:00am start
Location:  Wilson State Park Exit 206
  5 mi. N. of I-70 - Exit 206 on K232

Get in shape and get a total body workout without the gym.  This 4 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.  
Entry Deadline:  April 22
Entry Fee:  $20.00
Held on:  Tue. & Thurs.’s – April 28 – May 21
Time:  6:00pm
Location:  HRC Fitness Center


Walk 2 miles at your leisure pace and then enjoy a cup of coffee & homemade muffins.
Entry Deadline:  Session 1:  April 29
  Session 2:  July 1
Entry Fee:  Session 1: Thursday, April 30
  Session 2: Thursday, July 2
Time:  8:00 – 9:00am
Ages:  55 & older
Location:  Recreation Center
Limitations:  Min. 5   Max. 15

This “Endless” Mile Run is designed to meet the needs of every runner form the avid running enthusiasts to the beginner. This is a 1 mile course that will start and end inside FHSU’s Gross Coliseum Indoor Track. We will keep track of your lap times and you can run as many laps as you choose. There is a 1 hour and 30 minute time limit. Set your own distance (3mi, 6mi, 10mi, or 12mi) or try to run for the entire time limit. We will also have a 4x1 mile and farthest running team (2-4 people) division.
Entry Deadline:  June 17
Held on:  June 20
Entry Fee:  Individual $18.00
  Team $15.00 per person
  $22.00 after deadline
Time:   Registration starts at 8:15am
  Run starts at 9:00am
Ages:  12 & older
Location:   FHSU Gross Coliseum

The Hays Recreation Commission in conjunction with Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza, are introducing our Triathlon Preparation Class. Join us at the Hays Aquatic Park in preparation for our Summer Slam. Come meet with other local triathletes and also get help with your training. We will have full access to the 50m length swim lanes (Saturdays), work on running mechanics, and lowering transitions times. Admission to this program will also get you enrolled into our Summer Slam Triathlon.
Entry Deadline:  June 17
Entry Fee:  $20.00
Held on:   June 27, July 1, 11, 18, 25 and 29
Times:  Saturday’s - 11:00am
  Wednesday’s - 6:00pm
Location:   Hays Aquatic Park - 4th & Main

The Hays Recreation Commission, in conjunction with Sara Kay Carrell of Wild Within, and Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza, is proud to offer our fifth 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.  Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each division (divisions set based on registrations).
Entry Deadline:  July 29
Entry Fee:  $18.00, $22.00 after the deadline
Held on:  Saturday, August 1
Times:  Registration starts at 8:15am
  Event begins at 9:00am
Location:  Hays Aquatic Park - 4th & Main


The Hays Recreation Commission, DSNWK, and Mobile Game Dens of Wichita are back offering you our third GNARLY NEON 5K run. Come dressed wearing your whites, get showered in neon colors throughout the race, and enjoy the after party. You will rock out to a DJ in your GNARLY sunglasses, temporary tattoos and headbands which will be handed out prior to the start of the run. This is a 5K run for all speeds and ages. Register online at were portion of the proceeds will benefit the Hays Recreation Commission and DSNWK.
Entry Deadline:  August 29  
Entry Fee:  TBA
Held on:  Saturday, August 29
Times:  Packet Pick Up:
  4:00 – 8:00pm - Friday, August 28
  Race day registration - 8:00am
  Race start - 9:00am
Location:  Packet Pick Up: TBA
  Race: Bickle-Schmidt Sports Complex

The fifth Annual Free Spirit Run is being held in memory of Jordyn Claiborn, who was killed in a car accident September 11, 2009.  Proceeds for the run will benefit the Free Spirit Award, which is a scholarship awarded each year to a senior at Hays High who has been active in both dance as well as the community. 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, but who may also choose to set their own distance. Proceeds will be forwarded to Hays High for the scholarship fund.
Entry Deadline:  September 9
Entry Fee:  $18.00, $22.00 after the deadline
Held on:  Saturday, September 12
Times:  Registration starts at 9:15am
  Race begins at 10:00am
Location:  Dusty Glassman Ballpark - 4th & Milner
Limitations:  Min. 15
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