Rockin' Run

The King's loyal subjects pound the pavement

8/14

There are those who believe that Elvis Presley did not, in fact, die on August 16, 1977. These are the people who decorate their houses (trailer or otherwise) with velvet paintings of the once and future King. They've seen Graceland more often than they've seen their in-laws' home, and they've memorized all of his movies. These people can be, at times, a bit frightening, but they're generally harmless. Unless they're trying to force-feed you a fried peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich. Then there are those who believe that Elvis will never die. These people are putting on the Fourth Annual Elvis Run. In case you doubt their beliefs or our depiction of them, visit their Web site, www.elvisrun.com. It says so right there: "Our attitude is that Elvis will never die!" So there. It looks to be a well-meaning event, scheduled as it is on August 14, just a couple of days prior to his passing. Excuse me--what some misguided people think is the day he passed on. And all proceeds benefit UCP of Metropolitan Dallas, which gives a helping hand to people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. One problem: If Elvis is not dead, running a 5K smack in the middle of the hottest month of the year in Texas would surely kill him. It starts at 8 a.m. at the Hard Rock Café, 2601 McKinney Ave. Entry is $10 to $25. Call 972-235-2513. --Zac Crain

Moms Get in Gear
Ongoing

The fitness obsession is not a new one, and, what's worse, the disease is spreading. Just turn on the television at 2 in the morning and you will find a hideous smorgasbord of infomercials persuading you to buy some new gadget or contraption to get your tummy slim or smooth out those thighs. But a rising craze called StrollerFit offers some substance at least. Creators say StrollerFit encourages a baby's physical and mental development with special music, games, socialization and new experiences all while you've turned his or her stroller into a portable fitness machine. The workout combines strength training and cardiovascular exercise in 50 minutes. And just think about all that bonding. Classes are at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Valley View Center, located at the northwest corner of Preston Road and LBJ Freeway. The first class is free. Call 214-289-3890. --Jenice Johnson

 
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