Mathews Outdoor Club
A new club has joined us in Mathews, offering new events and resources for enjoying our beautiful county. MOC will be offering outdoor fitness groups, competitive events, guided tours, and certification and training courses. This year they are offering Mathews County’s first Marathon and Half Marathon!
Touring with MOC
The club is now offering bike tours and kayak tours for families and small groups! Book a bike or paddle tour with one of their guides at www.mocva.net. You’ll see the nooks-and-crannies of Mathews County at a pace of your choosing. Explore the backroads to local beaches or waterways around the county with a mid-stop break for lunch!
Drop In for Weekly Fitness Classes
Cardio Sculpt Classes– Wednesdays, 6pm-7pm @ Thomas Hunter Middle School
Each session is approximately one hour in length, and will get your heart-pumping as you move from station to station in a high-energy workout with Coach Hope. Equipment – such as hand weights – will be available, and you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. Classes are for adults only (age 18 & over). Cost is $5/ class and all participants must complete & agree to our participant waiver. Outdoors, May 26 thru October 27, 2021
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Open Water Swim – Monday-Fridays, 5:30-7pm @ Williams Wharf Landing
This is a self-paced activity for adults (age 18 & over) who want to practice swimming laps in open water. An Attendant will be present to observe and monitor, each participant is expected to be a competent swimmer. This is not an instructor led session and it not intended as a swim lesson or for recreational (play) swim. Swimming at Williams Wharf – other than this MOC activity – is prohibited. Cost is $5/ class and all participants must complete & agree to our participant waiver. June through September.
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The Mathews Outdoor Club, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was started by a few local outdoor enthusiasts. MOC was established to encourage and facilitate the use of Mathews outdoor spaces to the fullest, inviting locals to fun activities, and connecting visitors to the unique topography of Virginia’s tidewater region via car, bike and kayak!
Christine Johnson, President of the MOC, has been doing outdoor events for years. A few event favorites include the Micro-Triathlon Series, Put-in Creek Duathlon, and Gwynn’s Island Festival Race. While these events continued to grow in Mathews, so did her vision.
“I’ve really enjoyed the camaraderie with participants and watching these events grow over the years. Then the Coronavirus shook the world and left all of us wondering what we can & should do to keep healthy & stay active — and safe. For myself – and many loyal participants in my events – our answer was to get outdoors. We adjusted the events to reduce participant & volunteer contact — and held them all live in 2020. Seeing the enthusiasm and knowing the appetite for outdoor fitness activities, I knew it was time to expand our offerings beyond competitive events.
I found great partners in Bronwyn Hughes & Kat Sharp and we were able to quickly reorganize and get the MOC up and running. We’ve got a loyal group here locally and are excited to share the Mathews outdoor spaces with our visitors.”
Mathews Marathon and Half Marathon
Saturday, October 16, 2021, 7am
$50 Full Marathon — $40 Half Marathon
Proceeds benefit local athletes.
Get ready for your race with MOC’s training Program!
Keep this group on your radar, as they continue to expand their activities in Mathews. Guided tours will be offered starting in the Spring! If you are interested in getting involved, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find more information at mocva.net