Category: Fitness

Fencing classes in Sparta

National Fencing Alliance-NFA is holding group and individual fencing lessons to children, youth, middle and high school, as well as college students and adult fencers at the Sparta P.A.L.

Students can learn fencing with all weapons: saber, foil, and epee.

The NFA at P.A.L. Sparta Fencing Program will teach footwork, drills and bouting techniques on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the PAL building located at 38 Station Road, Sparta.

According to the NFA website, fencing is a sport of speed, flexibility, coordination, reflexes, and tactics. Strength, concentration, a sense of observation, perseverance, and self-control are skills essential to fencers. Athletes must have good respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and be able to recover easily, as fencing involves a series of intense exertion.

For more information, call 973-910-3774 and visit

Download a registration form here.


Annual 5k honors fallen officer

Come out and honor Corporal Christopher M. Shea on Sunday, October 1 during the annual Corporal Christopher M. Shea Memorial 5k.

Corporal Shea’s cruiser was struck head-on by a drunken driver on July 18, 2004, while in the line of duty.

Now in its thirteenth year, the 5k event raises money for high school graduates entering the fields of Law, Law Enforcement, and/or other Civil Service. All profits from the money raised are awarded as a scholarship to graduating seniors from Kittatinny Regional High School and other local area schools in honor of Corporal Christopher M. Shea.

The course is a double loop of the bucolic Swartswood State Park campgrounds. The race starts and finishes on the shores of Swartswood Lake.

Click here to register and for more information.


Date: Sunday, Oct. 1

Time: 11:30 a.m. bib pick-up/registration; 1 p.m. starts the 5k race; 1:45 p.m. starts the 1-mile fun run

Cost: 5K is $15; fun run is $10

Swartswood State Park
Swartswood, NJ

Run/Walk for brain disease cures

Ya’ll better come out to Wild West City Saturday, Sept. 23 for the Endorphin 5K/2K Run or Walk to Fight Brain Disease.

This annual event raises funds for the IES Brain Research Foundation. The Foundation “seeks to help further research and education and to help find answers to addiction & pain and other brain diseases and disorders, such as schizophrenia, brain cancer, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.”

Starts on the dirt road by the Saloon and ends by the General Store at Wild West City.

Click here for more information.

See ya out there, cowboys.


Date: Saturday, Sept. 23

Time: In-person registration: 7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.; start time: 9 a.m.

Cost: $35 Cash in-person

Wild West City
50 Lackawanna Drive
Stanhope , NJ US 07874

Skylander 5k & 10k Challenge: Show your school spirit

Sussex County Community College is hosting its 10th annual Skylander 5k & 10k Challenge on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Be prepared for some hilly parts on the course. We ran the 5k race last year and were delightfully challenged. This year we’re registered for the 10k.

A new feature: Come dressed as your favorite hero. The winning team will have a $500 scholarship named after them or their favorite hero. That’s pretty cool!

All proceeds benefit the Sussex County Community College Foundation and student scholarships. Contact 973-300-2121 or email for more information.

Click here to register.


Date: Sunday, Oct. 1

7 a.m: Packet pick up
9 a.m. races start

$30; USATF-NJ: $27 until Sept. 22
SCCC & Area Students (K-12): $15

SCCC Campus
One College Hill Rd.
Newton, N.J. 07860


Krogh’s Turkey Trot: Join the family tradition

Before the Thanksgiving Day feast begins on Thursday, Nov. 23, get your body moving and jump-start your metabolism at Krogh’s 11th annual Turkey Trot 5k/Youth 5k/1-mile Fun Run in Sparta.

The crisp fall weather, the smiling families, and buzz of community filling the air makes this one of our favorite 5ks in Sussex County! We’ve made this a family tradition of ours for the past few years. A run on Thanksgiving Day makes us feel less guilty about eating excessive amounts of calories, plus you just can’t beat being surrounded by the people in your community on this special day.

Pick up your race packet on Wed. Nov. 22 and stick around for the Sparta 5K Pasta Party, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lake Mohawk Country Club. The race starts and ends in front of Krogh’s Restaurant & Brew Pub and all proceeds go to The Sparta Education Foundation.

Click here to register and for more information.


Date: Thursday, Nov. 23

Time: 1 Mile Fun Run 8:15 am; 5K 8:45 a.m.

Turkey Trot 5k: $30 (through 11/20/17); $35 (after 11/20/17);
Youth 5K: 17 years and under ($23 through 11/20/17); $25 (after 11/20/17)
1-mile Fun Run: Any age $12 (through 11/20/17); $15 (after 11/20/17)

Krogh’s Restaurant & Brew Pub
23 White Deer Plaza
Sparta, NJ 07871