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2023 We Run This City student runners
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Mission Moment: YMCA’s We Run This City 2023

We are proud of the nearly 200 kids who participated in last month's We Run This City program. The We Run This City (WRTC) Youth Marathon Program is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Cleveland Marathon.
Father and son walking holding hands in the grass
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Did you know: Father’s Day began at the YMCA

As you prepare to celebrate dad on June 18, you may be surprised to learn Father’s Day began at the YMCA. It was founded in Spokane, WA, at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, whose father, William Jackson Smart, had raised six children on his own.  
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Walk this way! Arthritis Balance Crosswalk class opens

There is no better way to welcome June than with walks outside in the beautiful weather. But did you know that there is a science to walking? Walking is not quite as simple as it sounds. This is especially true for people who have arthritis or balance challenges.
people having fun in a Y exercise class
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Branches support your fitness journey

Why do people still visit fitness centers and gyms with so many at-home workout options? Two reasons stand out: gyms are better equipped and offer more support to help you achieve your goals. The other is to benefit from the community found in a place like your YMCA branch. The benefits of in-gym workouts are well documented. Here are some examples of the research on this topic:
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Summer fun at the Y for you!

It is hard to keep track of all the fun and healthy activities taking place at our branches this summer. From yoga near Lakewood's Solstice Steps with our Lakewood branch to outdoor bootcamp at the North Royalton branch; from bus trips from many of our branches to exciting locations to outdoor group exercise classes; from hiking clubs to farm markets; and don’t forget parent’s night outs!