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Community Health

Our YMCA believes that our community should grow stronger together by hosting a number of health initiatives and events that support our community in spirit, mind, and body.

YMCA Race Series »

The YMCA Series of Races is a three race series designed to challenge and motivate. Series scoring for these events also presents a great opportunity for additional prizes and personal achievement.

The Series includes:

  • YMCA 5K/10K  – August
  • YMCA 15K  – September
  • Evansville Half Marathon – October

Evansville Half Marathon »

The Annual Evansville Half Marathon presented by German American is held in early October. Make Plans now to participate in this great community event!

For more information, please visit

Spirit, Mind and Body Triathlon/Duathlon »

This event takes place at beautiful Scales Lake Park in Boonville. The sprint distance is .5 mile swim, 15 mile bike and 5K run. The duathlon is 1K run, 15 mile bike and 5K run. The courses are very shady and scenic with rolling hills and low traffic.

Need some motivation this winter? Join us for an Indoor Triathlon held annual in January. The Downtown Branch offers a “one hour race” – 15 minutes of each: swim in pool, cycle on our stationary bikes and run on the treadmill. We’ll count your laps! T-shirts, goodie bags and finisher medals for everyone!

For more information, please visit

Annual YMCA Youth Triathlon »

The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana is very excited to offer a Kids Triathlon! This triathlon will be for kids ages 5-14 years of age and consist of swimming, biking and running.

Triathlons, once thought to be the domain of the super fit few, have been growing in popularity. People of all ages and abilities are participating in triathlons all over the country. Youth races have become quite popular in recent years as kids see their parents participating in these events.

Distances for each leg will vary based on the child’s age.

For more information, please visit or contact Heather Lejman at 812.491.7713 or

Training Programs for Races »

The YMCA of Southwestern Indiana offers a training program for individuals interested in the October race. This volunteer led program helps individuals from all types of backgrounds gain confidence, improve health and establish friendships while training toward a common goal.

“Jump Start” Training – Begins in late May

Free program to members and non-members

Registration includes training sessions, YMCA passes, encouragement and camaraderie!  This seven week program is designed for those beginners interested in training for the goal of completing a half marathon and needing assistance increasing mileage to prepare for the “Team 13” program.

“Team 13” Training – Begins in mid July

Nominal fee for members and non members

Registration fee includes a commemorative gift, door prizes, access to email updates, a special race number identifying you as a training participant and much more!

Over the past several years thousands of people have worked with volunteer trainers to train for and complete the Evansville Half Marathon. This training is designed to help individuals at all fitness levels find success. This is your chance to begin or better your training program for the October race. Informational meeting and kick off will be held in mid July.

All trainings will take place on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays at 7:00 a.m. Training program is open to the community. Click Here for more information or to register for training.

Community CPR/AED Training »

The American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) CPR and AED is combined CPR/AED program designed specifically for those who do not work in the healthcare field but are occupationally required to, or desire to, have CPR knowledge and skills. This training is suited for emergency response teams in business and industry, school bus drivers, teachers, and child care workers.

Oct 30
5:30 – 8:30PM

Community First Aid Training »

The American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) basic First Aid Class develops basic first aid knowledge, skills, and the confidence to respond. This class is an excellent choice for both the community and workplace setting and is consistent with recommendations of the 2010 National First Aid Science Advisory Board and OSHA’s best practices for first aid training programs in the workplace.

Nov 8
5:30 – 8:30PM

Rock Steady Boxing »

Rock Steady Boxing is a unique exercise program, based on training used by boxing pros that is adapted for people with Parkinson’s disease.  The program involves regular exercises, such as stretching, bicycling, running, jump-roping, push-ups, balancing and lots of non-contact boxing, led by experienced trainers/coaches.  This program serves both men and women of all ages and levels of ability, giving people with Parkinson’s disease hope.  The program enables people with Parkinson’s to fight their illness by providing non-contact boxing-style fitness classes that improve their quality of life.

Monday/Wednesday 10:15 — 11:45 am (P1&2)
Tuesday/Thursday 10:15 — 11:45 am (P3 &4)
Saturday 9:00 — 10:30 am (P 1-4)

COST FOR A 7 WEEK SESSION: $50 for YMCA members and $75 for non-members

*Financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

For more information, please contact 812-423-9622 or


Cancer is a devastating diagnosis for people of all ages and backgrounds. Going through a diagnosis and various forms of treatment can take a serious toll on a person both physically and emotionally. LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA focuses on you – the whole person – not the disease by providing support and guidance to help rebuild and gain strength.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a FREE 12-week program for adult cancer survivors that meet twice a week for 90 minutes. YMCA instructors work with each participant to fit the program to his or her individual needs. The instructors are trained in the elements of cancer, post rehab exercise and supportive cancer care.

The program focuses on:

  • building muscle mass and strength
  • increasing flexibility and endurance
  • improving confidence and self-esteem

For program information and participant testimonials, visit our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA webpage. For registration, contact Sally Kroeger at 812-492-6713.

Community Events »

Pancake Days

Our Annual YMCA “Pancake Days” is held on the 3rd weekend in February each year at the Downtown YMCA.  For over 25 years, the YMCA has been bringing folks together in fellowship at a community event that offers food, fun and entertainment for the whole family. Join the tradition and help support a great cause!

For more information, please contact Heather Lejman at 812.491.7713 or at

Coaches Luncheon

The YMCA Coaches Luncheon is held each November to highlight the U of E Basketball program and generate funds for YMCA Youth Programs. Patrons are treated to lunch, camaraderie and a talk given by both the men’s and women’s coaches, followed by a question and answer period. This event was started in 1990. Corporate tables as well as individual tickets are available for the luncheon.

YMCA Golf Outing

The “Play-a-Round for The Y” Golf Outing is held every year in May. The “four man” scramble event brings out many avid golfers and friends of the Y. Many great sponsors make this event an ongoing success. Golfers are treated to a “prize on every hole”, a chance to putt for cash, food and gifts, and the fun and friendship that playing golf for a worthy cause can bring.

For more information, please contact Heather Lejman at 812.491.7713 or