Thanksgiving fitness, fun options |

Thanksgiving fitness, fun options

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

With four days and more than 4,000 calories looming ahead this weekend, Summit County facilities are offering some recreational relief. Whether it’s a day full of fitness classes on "Turkey Day" or a weekend tournament, local residents will have plenty of opportunities to keep their holiday healthy.

Park City Racquet Club

There’s no holiday break in the halls of the Park City Racquet Club. Not only is the city-run gym offering a full morning’s worth of fitness classes on Thanksgiving, but they are allowing members to bring a first-time friend for free.

"We’re trying to get more people in and get them a workout before they eat," Park City Recreation coordinator Karen Yocum said.

The day begins with a 7 a.m. yoga class with Kati, followed by kickboxing with Dondi at 9 a.m. Both classes will be held in the aerobics studio. In the spinning room, patrons can "Thankspin" for up to two hours. The morning will include two hour-long spinning classes in a row starting at 8 a.m. with Char, followed by a second hour at 9 a.m. with Virginia. Yocum says that spinners may attend more than one class if space is available.

The Racquet Club will be open from 6 a.m. 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, but the day care will be closed. Normal hours will resume on Friday. For more information, call 615-5401 or visit

Basin Recreation

The Field House will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. to give residents the opportunity to get a good workout in before going home to gorge themselves. According to recreation coordinator Matt Strader, the facility usually gets a fair amount of people looking for a workout on the holiday. In the past, they have also held an activity on the Field House turf, but this year plan to keep things simple. It’s back to business as usual on Friday, with doors opening in the wee morning hours at 5:30 a.m. and staying open until 10 p.m. Over the weekend, the facility will open from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. -9 p.m. on Sunday.

South Summit Aquatic and Fitness Center (SSAFC)

Thanksgiving is a busy time at the South Summit Aquatic and Fitness. The month began with their annual Turkey Trot 5K race on Nov.10, where admission was a can of food for the local food bank and prizes included turkeys and pumpkin pies. The next weekend it was the Turkey Shoot, where school-aged children went head-to-head on the basketball court in a free throw shooting contest. Again, admission was a can donation.

The center will wrap up its Turkey-themed activities with the third annual Turkey Brawl Dodge Ball Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. According to center director Stephen Sutherland, the Turkey Brawl is one of the most popular and anticipated events of the year. Teams may be male, female or co-ed for a cost of $50.00 per team. Participants must be 16 years of age or older. Registration will be open until Nov. 21. The brawl will follow a round-robin format, ending in a single elimination championship round at the end.

The SSAFC will be closed on Thanksgiving, but will offer their swimming and recreational facilities throughout the rest of the weekend. On Wednesday, it will be open from 5-9 a.m. and noon-9 p.m., and resume regular hours on Friday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.

For more information, call (435) 783-2425 or log onto . For more information on the Turkey Brawl, contact Stephen Sutherland at (435) 783-4038.

Park City Ice Arena

The rink is both daytime and nightly opportunities all throughout the holiday for families to spend some time together ice skating.

The fun will begin on Wednesday afternoon with public skating from 2-6 p.m. Families can take a break from football and food on Thanksgiving day with a public skating session from noon-2 p.m. Friday will feature two public sessions from noon-4 p.m. and later in the evening from 7:30-9 p.m. Two Saturday sessions will round out the schedule at 12:20-3 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m.

Public skating is $5.75 for adults, $5.25 for youth and skate rental is $3. For more information, visit

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