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Family Kayak Trip

Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.
South Beach Harbor Pier 40, San Francisco South of Market

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If Hollywood ever tries its hand at Escape from San Francisco, we hope there are kayaks involved. There just aren’t enough kayaks in action films, you know? We imagine the little boats riding a tsunami, hurtling toward the bad guys who have taken Coit Tower hostage, somehow managing to defuse a bomb with their mad paddling skills. Don’t wait for the film, though: The start of fall is the perfect time to ditch the suit, don a life jacket, and escape on a weekday adventure. City Kayak’s Downtown San Francisco Tour gives you a look at the skyscrapers from a whole new angle: sea level. Using comfy performance touring kayaks, the two-hour route wiggles underneath the Bay Bridge, down Mission Creek, or out to Pier 39. You’ll come face to face with the bay’s animal life (sea lions, cormorants) and its public sculpture (“Cupid’s Bow”). Don’t worry if you’re a complete novice; your guide will give you a quick lesson. Kurt Russell-style eye patch not included. 415-357-1010

Sunday Open Gym

Sundays, 5 p.m.
Eureka Valley Recreation Center 100 Collingwood, San Francisco Castro/ Noe Valley

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Large American cities during the industrial age had amateur baseball leagues made up of blue-collar workers who created their own little societies unseen by the general populace. Men formed their teams — representing factories, power plants, and other facilities — developed rivalries, and had playoffs and championship series just like the pros. Some of them, in fact, went on to play professionally. For nearly three decades, San Francisco has had a largely unknown tour de force of amateur sports in the San Francisco Gay Basketball Association and its Castro League. Like most organized amateur leagues, it’s composed of dedicated people who take the sport seriously and fight hard to win. To be fair, though, it does include some levity. Looking at the team names will tell you that right away: the All-City Ballers, Frisco Force, the Backdoor Pass, the Guardians of the Hole. Step into this world this evening at Sunday Open Gyms. Stuart Leung, the association’s acting commissioner, says 20 to 35 people turn out for this practice session each Sunday. Anyone is welcome (gay, straight, bi, or other), and it’s a chance to socialize, exercise, play ball, and see where it takes you. Leung says people of all experience levels show up, and games are conducted on two courts. Some participants have never played, while others played in high school or college, and a few have done time in the pros. Leung says most people who play in the Castro League got their start at a Sunday open session. Leung says to bring a light-colored as well as a dark T-shirt, so when teams are chosen you’ll be able to tell the good guys from the bad guys. 415-831-6810

S.F. Dolphin South End Running Club Weekly Runs

Sundays, 9 a.m.

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Weekly communal multimile runs in different areas of San Francisco.

Downtown San Francisco Kayak Trip

Saturdays, Sundays, 1 p.m.
South Beach Harbor Pier 40, San Francisco South of Market

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A scenic paddle along the city's central coastline. 415-495-4911

Air Conditioning

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.
House of Air 926 Mason, San Francisco The Presidio

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You like to have your butt thoroughly kicked, do you not? You may have already kicked your own butt with dance class, yoga class, brutal hikes, standard gym visits, athletic sex, or what have you, but have you done it on a trampoline? At Air Conditioning classes, use the power of bouncing to intensify the kicking of your butt: Your teacher shows you how to make everything extradifficult — and funny! Think about it: Even simple push-ups become excitingly and core-strengtheningly unstable when performed on suspended elastic. The facilities include nice showers, because you’re gonna need ’em. 415-345-9675

The Great Cable Car Chase

Last Tuesday of every month
A Runner's Mind 3575 Sacramento Street, San Francisco The Presidio

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Start with a 2.5 mile warm-up then race a cable car for at least one block. 415-800-7575

Air Core

Tuesdays, 9 a.m.
House of Air 926 Mason, San Francisco The Presidio

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Advanced trampoline workout with Kari Chalstrom. 415-345-9675

S.F. FrontRunners' Run

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Ferry Building 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco Embarcadero

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Each week a gay-friendly group of runners meets for a 3-to 5-mile jog from the Embarcadero to Aquatic Park. 415-983-8000

Family Skate Session

Saturdays, 3-5:30 p.m.
Church of 8 Wheels 554 Fillmore, San Francisco Haight/ Fillmore

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All ages roller skating party with skate instructors available for kids. 415-752-1967

SF IndieFest Roller Disco Party

First Friday of every month, 8 p.m.
Women's Building 3543 18th St., San Francisco Mission/ Bernal Heights

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With skate rentals and music provided by the California Outdoor Roller Sports Association. 415-431-1180

Critical Mass

Fourth Friday of every month, 5:30 p.m.

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Thousands of cyclists take to the streets en masse for a (mostly) friendly ride to protest the automobile's stranglehold on the road. 415-772-0700

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