You might not feel like getting up early for a run before work when it's pitch black and freezing cold out, but exercising boosts the immune system and can therefore help you build up a better defense against winter bugs. If your usual exercise routine isn't sustainable during the coldest months, try adapting your activities. For instance, you could go to the gym and run on a treadmill instead of running in the snow or rain.

Show your super powers by defeating an obstacle course next month. 

The Town of Marana is hosting the area's first ever fun run for the special needs community (and beyond) Saturday, March 9.

The Cape Chase Adaptive Fun Run is a superhero-themed noncompetitive obstacle course race specifically designed for people with special needs and everyone is welcome to sign up. 

"We know there's nothing really like this offered in the community anywhere. It's kinda unique and specific," says Kevin Goodrich, recreation coordinator for Marana's parks and recreation department. "They are obstacles that somebody in a wheelchair could do no problem and somebody with sensory difficulties could accomplish."

Marana worked with Trumpet Behavioral Health, which is also sponsoring the event, to figure out which obstacles are the most inclusive and adaptable.

They decided on eight obstacles for the course. There's a beach ball pit, "bubble trouble" which is a stretch with bubble wrap on the ground to roll or run over, speed bumps and more. 

Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero.

"Fun should be inclusive and adaptive," says Alana Raubacher, clinician at Trumpet Behavioral Health. "Our simple goal with this event is to bring joy to everyone participating. The Town of Marana has done an incredible job of developing adaptive courses for individuals of all ages who move in all capacities, and Trumpet is honored to partner in this rewarding endeavor."

The course is between a half mile and a mile long and it's meant to be more of a fun run than a race. The event includes a metal making craft so participants can make their own metal and the first 200 people to registered will get a free cape. 

"We're really excited about it," Goodrich says. "It's something different. We're just trying to get this specific group out and active and kinda highlight them a little bit."

If you go

What: Cape Chase Adaptive Race

When: Saturday, March 9, 8-11:30 a.m.

Where: Ora Mae Harn Park, 13250 N. Lon Adams Road

Cost: $15 until March 7; $25 on race day

Info: The first 200 people registered get a free commemorative cape. People are encouraged to dress up. Go here to sign up.

Angela Pittenger | This Is Tucson