Thanksgiving Hours and Activities

In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, the YMCA will observe the following hours:

Thurs., Nov. 22: Closed
Fri., Nov. 23:
*Firley/West: 4:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
*Knowles: 5 a.m.-5 p.m.
*Indoor Pool: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Group Exercise Holiday Schedule”

Wed., Nov. 21: Classes through the lunch hour. No evening classes.
Fri., Nov. 23: Regularly scheduled classes are cancelled. Join us from 7 a.m.-12 p.m. for the TURKEY BURN at the Firley Y.


Fri., Nov. 23: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. (no evening hours)

Buy KC Chiefs Tickets and Support the Y’s Outreach Fund

The Jefferson City Area YMCA and the Kansas City Chiefs are teaming up to benefit the Y’s Outreach Fund. When you use the link below to buy tickets to any of the games listed, the Y’s Outreach Fund will receive $10 per ticket and tickets are only $30 person!

Click HERE to buy your tickets! and use promo code jcymca


  • December 9: Baltimore Ravens @ Noon – limited inventory
  • December 13: Los Angeles Chargers @ 7:20 p.m. – limited inventory
  • December 30: Oakland Raiders @ Noon – limited inventory

The YMCA’s Outreach Fund benefits:

  • LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: a free physical activity program designed to help adult cancer survivors achieve their health goals.
  • Y Financial Assistance: helps ensure that area children have the chance to live life to its fullest and be a part of the Y.
  • Brenda Chick Scholarship: deserving individuals committed to a lifestyle change will benefit from personal training.
  • Pat Gladbach Scholarship: children will be safe around the water after being given the opportunity to participate in Y swimming lessons.

To buy tickets . . .

  • Click HERE to buy your tickets!
  • Click the game(s) you plan to attend.
  • Click BUY TICKETS.
  • Enter promo code jcymca.
  • Choose your section and number of tickets.
  • Support the Y’s Outreach Fund!

Dec. 1: Jingle Dash 5K

Big Brothers Big Sisters Jingle Dash 5K – Sat., Dec. 1

Download a Race Brochure

[Register Online]

Registration: (thru November 26) Adult $20; Youth (14 & under) $15
• Registration by November 23 guarantees runner a Santa Hat.
• Shirts not guaranteed after pre-registration deadline.

Day of Event: (December 1) Adult $25; Youth (14 & under) $20

Early packet pick up: Friday, November 30 from 4-6 p.m. at the Knowles YMCA at 424 Stadium Blvd.

Race Start/Finish: Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the parking lot between Arris’ Pizza and Cafe Via Roma and end at 8:30 a.m. The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Jefferson and High Streets. Runners will start the race with walkers following immediately behind. No pets.

Course: Water station at start, mid-point and finish.

Attire: Holiday attire encouraged! Awards will be given to the top 3 with the best holiday attire.

Awards: Runner awards will be presented to the overall male and female finisher, the top three male/female finishers in each age category, and to the overall male/female walker. Awards will be given for the top 3 with the Best Holiday Attire.

Awards Ceremony:
The awards ceremony will take place following the race at the finish line.

Age Divisions: •10 & younger •40-49 •11-14    •50-59 •15-19 •60-69 •20-29            •70 & older •30-39

Walkers Welcome: The Big Brothers Big Sisters Jingle Dash 5K is for all ages and fitness levels. Bring the entire family out for fun, fitness and togetherness.

Dec. 10: Free Blood Pressure Checks

SSM Health and the YMCA are providing free blood pressure checks on December 10 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the West Y at 3507Amazonas.

Dec. 28-30: Lifeguard Certification Course

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course
December 28-30


This course is for those interested in becoming a certified lifeguard. Upon completion, participants will receive CPR for the Professional Rescuer/AED, First Aid and Lifeguard Certification. Participants must pass a swim test on the first day of class to continue with the course. Half the fee will be refunded if the swim test is not passed. Must be at least 15 years old, and the class must have 4 participants to be held. Register by Dec. 22.


  • Dec. 28 / 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 29 / 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Dec. 30 / 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Location: Knowles Y Indoor Pool – 424 Stadium
Cost: $175 Y-member; $250 Non-member
Register by: Dec. 22

For more information, call 761-9007.

Participation in this course does not guarantee employment with the YMCA.

Now Hiring Lifeguards

NOW HIRING: Daytime lifeguards to work between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Starting pay is negotiable. Prefer American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification, but will train. Employment includes a free YMCA membership! Download an employment application at or pick one up at any YMCA location.