Festival Fitness: Working Out at Bonnaroo

Featured photo courtesy Alive Coverage/Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

It’s no secret that Bonnaroo can be pretty grueling on your body. The 90-degree Tennessee heat, coupled with nonstop action (no curfew in Centeroo!) can leave you feeling like you ran a marathon–or got run over by a Mack-Truck on Monday morning.  

But what if you’re actually training for a marathon, or just want to keep up a regular workout routine while you’re on the Farm?

Big fests aren’t always synonymous with wellness, but the folks behind Bonnaroo do a great job of making sure that fitness-minded attendees have a ton of options to stay in shape without sacrificing any fun.

Photo courtesy Katie Bowles

Roo Run 

At 9 a.m. Saturday morning, Bonnaroo attendees can join the “Seventh First Annual” Roo Run, an annual 5k race that winds around the campgrounds. This isn’t your average 5k–runners can expect costumes (best-dressed wins a prize), swag from sponsor ASICS, and most likely, a big-name race marshall. The 2019 Grand Marshall hasn’t been announced yet, but 2018’s race boasted ultramarathoner Charlie Engle, who once ran nearly 5,000 miles across the Sahara Desert.

The morning start time may not sound great, but take it from someone who’s done multiple Roo Runs–you don’t want it to start any later. The Manchester sun will only get hotter as the morning goes on, and bonus: Nothing kills a hangover like sweating it out over a three-mile run.

Learn more and sign up for Roo Run here.

Photo courtesy Katie Bowles


More into flexibility and meditation than cardio? The Solar Stage in Centeroo’s “Planet Roo” area offers daily yoga classes for all levels, no experience necessary. Yogis can bring a yoga mat or just use the Centeroo grass as a base. Additionally, some of the classes may have a theme–a class I stumbled upon last year was a “green” class which discussed how to use cannabis to enhance your yoga practice.

If Centeroo’s too far a trek for morning yoga, some of the campground plazas also offer yoga–make sure to check your map/schedule to see if yours is one.

Photo courtesy Cora Wagoner/Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Dance Parties and More

Many of the campground plazas also offer dance parties, including the new “Sanctuary of Self-Love” in Plaza 2, curated by Paramore’s Hayley Williams. In the past, Bonnaroo’s also offered more choreo-oriented dance parties, such as Big Freedia’s Twerkout. Make sure to check your map/schedule where you arrive to see which dance parties are happening where this year!

And finally, if group fitness isn’t your thing, you’re not alone (pun intended). There’s a ton of open space in the Bonnaroo campgrounds–it’s not uncommon to see people running laps, doing CrossFit and more while on the Farm. Do your thing without fear of judgement! Roo is for everyone.

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