20 Can’t-Miss Health Events in O.C. To Keep You Healthy

A look at upcoming activities for your body and mind.

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THE FITEXPO
AUG. 25 AND 26
Bodybuilding, jiujitsu, and arm wrestling are just a few of the activities represented at The FitExpo Anaheim, which also offers free fitness classes, new health and wellness product demos, and a chance to meet fitness celebrities. 888-348-3976, thefitexpo.com

 

CHOC WALK IN THE PARK
AUG. 26
This 5K walk through Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney has raised more than $32 million for Children’s Hospital Orange County over the past 28 years. In addition to the walk, participants receive free parking and discounts across the Disneyland Resort. 714-509-8690, chocwalk.org

OC MTB LIMESTONE XC RACE
SEPT. 8
Mountain bikers of all levels are invited to this 12.3-mile, cross-country race through Limestone Canyon Regional Park. Experts can compete for a cash prize on the 24.6-mile course. Post-race refreshments, age-group awards, and a raffle await participants at the finish line. ocmtb.com

XTERRA LAGUNA BEACH
SEPT. 9
Swim, bike, and run your way through Crystal Cove State Park, then grab a pint and bites at the post-triathlon beer garden. Regional champions will earn a qualifying spot in the 2019 XTERRA World Championship in Hawaii. xterralagunabeach.com

TUNNEL TO TOWERS 5K RUN AND WALK
SEPT. 9
Honor 9/11 first responder Stephen Siller, who ran from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers, at this commemorative 5K. Proceeds from the event, held at William Mason Regional Park in Irvine, will benefit injured service members. tunnel2towers.org

HUNTINGTON BEACH CITY SURF CONTEST
SEPT. 15 AND 16
Surf the waves at this annual all-ages contest, now in its 48th year. Participants must live in the Huntington Beach Union High School District. 714-960-8870, huntingtonbeachca.gov

29th ANNUAL SOCAL ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE RESEARCH CONFERENCE
SEPT. 21
Alzheimer’s affects more than 84,000 people in Orange County. This conference, hosted by the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) and Alzheimer’s Orange County, will bring world-renowned experts to Irvine to discuss progress in the battle against Alzheimer’s. 949-955-9000, alzoc.org

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KOMEN ORANGE COUNTY 2018 RACE FOR THE CURE
SEPT. 23
This year’s Race for the Cure is a 3.1-mile loop through Newport Beach. Money raised will be used to help fund research and treatment for breast cancer. 714-957-9157, komenoc.org

OBESITYHELP 2018 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
OCT. 5 AND 6
Undergoing weight-loss surgery is a process made easier by support and understanding. This Anaheim conference will give attendees the inspiration and motivation to achieve their goal of improved health. obesityhelp.com

OC RIDE FOR AIDS
OCT. 27
With four bike routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles, this ride travels through places such as Back Bay, Santiago Canyon, San Clemente, and more. Money raised will benefit those living with HIV/AIDS in O.C. ocrideforaids.com 

INTO THE WILD OC TRAIL RUNS
NOV. 3
The Limestone Eco Challenge is a 12K/25K race for advanced runners that guides participants through the fall scenery at Limestone Canyon Regional Park. All runners will receive a shirt, medal, and raffle entry upon registration. intothewildoctrailrun.com

DINOSAUR DASH
NOV. 4
Hosted by the Tustin Public Schools Foundation, Dino Dash offers 2K, 5K, 10K, and half-marathon races at The Market Place. Don’t forget to stop by the Expo, which features games and activities for runners and their families. 714-832-3060, tpsf.net

NEWPORT DUNES TRIATHLON
NOV. 4
Held at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, the race includes a swim in the Newport Dunes Lagoon, a scenic 8-mile bike course, and finally, a 3.1-mile run course. There will also be a 5K run and a costume contest. newportdunes.californiatriathlon.org

EPILEPSY AWARENESS & EDUCATION EXPO
NOV. 5 THROUGH 7
After undergoing surgery to remove a part of her brain that was causing seizures, 18-year-old Sofie was inspired to create Epilepsy Awareness Day at the Disneyland Resort. Now in its fourth year, it starts with a free two-day expo featuring more than 60 nonprofit support groups and professionals. epilepsyawarenessday.org

HUNTINGTON BEACH TURKEY WOBBLE
NOV. 22
This race features 1K, 5K, and 10K routes that make their way along the Pacific Ocean in Huntington Beach. Over the past seven years, the Turkey Wobble has raised money to drill 38 wells in developing countries, providing clean water to more than 38,000 people. 949-829-2384, hbturkeywobble.com

DANA POINT TURKEY TROT
NOV. 22
Named one of the best Thanksgiving runs by Fitness magazine, this event brings more than 17,000 people to its 5K, 10K, and Kids’ Gobble Wobble categories. This will be the  race’s 41st year. turkeytrot.com

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HALF MARATHON AND 5K
JAN. 12
Known as a warm-up for the L.A. and O.C. Marathons, the Southern California Half Marathon and 5K winds through Irvine and benefits Woodbridge High School Athletics. 714-404-2156, schalfmarathon.com

SURF CITY MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON
FEB. 1 THROUGH 3
The annual Surf City Marathon in Huntington Beach is famous for its flat course. The weekend-long event begins with an Active Lifestyle Expo featuring local health vendors and ends with post-race drinks at the Sand Bar. motivrunning.com/run-surf-city

WOMANOLOGY CONFERENCE
MARCH 4
For valuable tips about health care and a bit of laughter, look no further than the Womanology conference hosted by Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. An all-female panel of doctors, wellness coaches, and specialists lead a discussion about what women need when it comes to health care, support, and general life advice. The biggest takeaway? Health care today takes a team of experts working together. The 2019 event will be the third iteration, and tickets sell out quickly. Get yours for the March 4 conference at the Newport Beach Country Club. Email briesenberg@hoagcharitysports.com for tickets and info. 

OC MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON
MAY 2019
From Fashion Island to the Fair, the annual OC Marathon challenges runners to race 26.2 miles through Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Santa Ana. Not an experienced runner? Opt for the Wahoo’s OC 5K, followed by a finish-line party featuring music, tacos, and more. 949-222-3327, ocmarathon.com

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