YEAR-ROUND SPECIAL EVENTS Oswego is the place to gather! The community comes together to celebrate over Father’s Day weekend with the Oswegoland Park District’s PrairieFest. The four-day, free admission festival has been featured on both The Cooking Channel and Food Network and also showcases a carnival, parade, 5K run and one-mile Prairie Dog Jog and national bands. Fall brings September’s Brew at the Bridge, craft beer event, and October’s Monster Mash Bash for the kids and haunted Park After Dark for teens and adults. The park district closes out the yearly calendar in December with a family favorite, the Oswego Holiday Express.
If you’re a multisport athlete, then the I Tried a Triathlon in August might be your event of choice. This sprint triathlon is a great way to mix up training, set personal goals or try a first triathlon with distances of 250-yard swim, six-mile bike ride and two mile run. Oswego’s future Iron Man or Woman might just be in the Have Fun? You Won! Kids Triathlon in September. This mini triathlon is held each year specifically for girls and boys in third through sixth grade. Kids can compete individually or as a team to complete the 100-meter swim, three-mile bike ride and half-mile run.
OSWEGO COUNTRY MARKET For the past 10 years, every Sunday morning from June through September, the Oswegoland Park District hosts the Oswego Country Market. A resident favorite, and also popular throughout the region, the open-air market boasts plenty of choices to buy fresh produce, meats, eggs, artisan cheeses, specialty foods like pasta, olives, popcorn, honey, spices and handmade items. The Oswego Country Market makes shopping local a charming and healthy Sunday tradition.
The district’s athletic event calendar ends in November with the annual Gobbler Hobbler 10K Run and Mashed Potato Mile. The scenic 10K is chip-timed and travels along the beautiful Fox River. Runners in both of these races receive a hoodie sweatshirt as well as the event’s signature walking pancakes.
KEEPING ACTIVE IN OSWEGO
FITNESS, HEALTH & WELLNESS CLASSES
The Oswegoland Park District offers events to keep moving for all ages each year. A trail run through the rough and wild Saw Wee Kee Park (Sundown Lane off Orchard Road) starts out the calendar in April.
The Oswegoland Park District offers over 30 different types of fitness classes each season for adults of all ages and abilities. Whether you like strength training, spinning, Pilates or yoga, you’re sure to find a program to meet your exercise needs. Find total health by pairing a nutrition class with your current fitness regimen. A variety of cooking and nutrition classes are offered seasonally. For those who would prefer some one-on-one time with the district’s registered dietician, personal nutrition counseling is also available.
Monday Miles, the community challenge to move every Monday begins in June at Prairie Point Community Park and logs miles for a record until August. The PrairieFest 5K Run and Prairie Dog Jog offer a prelude to Father’s Day celebrations each June. Walkers and four-legged friends are invited to join in the fun of the one-mile Prairie Dog Jog, and participants in both races receive a tech tee, participation ribbon and refreshments.
The Oswegoland Park District has great places and opportunities to play in Oswego. To plan your next adventure, check out oswegolandparkdistrict.org today. ■
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