WARMup for WARMfest – this Sunday!

warmup for warmfest

This Sunday June 8th kicks off a monthly series of fun, free, family-friendly events at Broad Ripple Park leading up to the second annual WARMfest.

More than your standard band-playing-in-a-bar pre-party, WARMfest is “putting the focus back on stewardship of Broad Ripple Park, The White River, and our community’s health and wellness” with a stacked afternoon of physical activity and fun on the water.

Broad Ripple Park offers residents of Indianapolis great amenities for outdoor recreation throughout the year, not just during WARMfest. So when The Parks Department asked festival organizers to create an additional event in Broad Ripple to continue bringing awareness to the park and White River, developing a schedule of events that includes yoga, circuit training, cycling, and Zumba made sense.

But WARMfest wanted the WARMup series to be more unique than a day of fitness fun in the park, so they upped the ante on these traditional hobbies to present a TRX/Circuit/Spin session, paddleboard yoga, and even a Zumba flash mob.

What’s going on?

paddle yoga

Paddle Board Yoga is performed on a paddle board in the water. For this session you will learn basic paddle strokes, where to stand on the board, how to turn properly and more.  This class is appropriate for anyone, but those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


TRX is a suspension training bodyweight exercise Led by Mark Morgan of Fit Fly Fly; the circuit segment will work through different types of exercise in timed intervals; and spinning is a stationary bike ride. This session will rotate between these three different types of exercise. WARMfest invites all skill levels to participate since the class runs at each individual’s own pace.

Note: Paddle Board Yoga and TRX/Circuit/Spin participants need not hassle with bringing their own gear to partake; all required gear for the classes will be provided by the individuals teaching the classes. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing, though!

A Zumba flash mob will also appear sometime around 2:30 p.m. The unsuspecting public is invited to join at will.

broad ripple riverboat

The Broad Ripple Boat Company, under the guidance of  Captain Michael McRee, will be offering paddleboat excursions for a small fee.  The paddleboat is a custom crafted paddle wheel boat which seats approximately 60 passengers. Four one-hour cruises will be offered throughout the day. Drinks and live music will be on board.

Food trucks scheduled to be on site include Taste of Caribbean, Little Philly’s Italian Ice, Soladine Concessions, and Lucky Louie’s Sausage and Dogs. And yes, there will be beer.

Will there be live music, too?

Of course! Combining unique and imaginative songs and storytelling with highly active audience participation, Ruditoonz (branded as rock-n-roll for kids) ensures everyone has a good time listening, singing, and participating at his concerts. Catch his set at 2 pm; appropriate for ages 0-101.

The Last IV (born at Tonic Ball 2013) features Vess Ruhtenberg on guitar and David “Tufty” Clough on bass- both of whom previously performed in locally famous punk rock band The Zero Boys. The super group is rounded out by Naptown hip hop legend Rusty Redenbacher on vocals and Devon Ashley (formerly of Mab Lab, The Lemonheads, F.U.Z.Z, Those Young Lions) on drums. The Last IV will perform at 2:45.

And for true rock’n’roll enthusiasts, Hero Jr. will conclude the day’s festivities with a headlining set at 4:30. Free of gimmicks and excessive technology on stage, but brimming with energy and vigor, Hero Jr. ranks among the purest rock Indianapolis has to offer.


WARMups to WARMfest – Every second Sunday between June and August

Sunday June 8th, 2014; noon – 6 pm

Free admission; fees for food, drink, and river boat rides

Broad Ripple Park – 1550 Broad Ripple Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220


Schedule of events:

12:00 Yoga

1:00 TRX/Circuit/Spin

2:00 Ruditoonz

2:00 Paddle Board Yoga

2:30 Zumba

2:45 The Last IV

4:30 Hero Jr.