Health & Wellness

The YMCA’s health and fitness programs are developmentally appropriate and help people at any stage of life build positive health habits. Participation in YMCA programs offers youth and adults opportunities for friendship and community, a sense of well-being, increased self-confidence and improved mental abilities.

View the Group Fitness & Activities Schedule here!

A Run for Everyone

Fun Run/ Walk Series at our Downtown Galesburg YMCA!

Download the 2019 Fun Run/ Walk Series Flyer

Join us each month for a different themed fun run/ walk around the Downtown Galesburg area. You may choose from a one, two or three mile course that will start and end at our Downtown Galesburg YMCA. Routes maps can be downloaded below. All runs begin at 8:00am. Event is FREE and open to the public. Our friends at 6140run! will be there too!!

Dates (2019)Event Theme
January 19thPolar Prowl
February 16thSweetheart Run
March 16thShamrock Shuffle
April 20thBunny Hop
May 18thMemorial Run
June 15thStache Dash
July 20thPatriotic Run
August 17thSummer Sizzler
September 21stSuper Hero Run
October 19thPumpkin Dash
November 16thThankful Turkey
December 21stJingle Jog

Downtown Route Maps

1 Mile Route2 Mile Route3 Mile Route 

Youth Wellness Coaching

The Knox County YMCA Youth members, ages 10-13, will be allowed to utilize the Wellness Center upon successful completion of our Youth Wellness Coaching program. Ages 10-11 will be allowed to utilize the Wellness Center, but will require parental supervision. All participants will be required to complete three one-on-one Wellness Coaching Appointments with one of our highly trained Wellness Coaching staff. 

Wellness Coaching Appointments consist of the following: Youth Wellness Orientation and individual training on all equipment in the Wellness Center. Appointments can be made at our Member Service Desk. Once all requirements have been met, youth members will then be allowed to utilize the Wellness Center, according to the above guidelines. 

Downtown Wellness Center Guidelines

Knox County YMCA youth members (ages 14-17 years), may utilize the Downtown Galesburg YMCA during non-staffed hours upon agreement of the following guidelines. Click here to view the guidelines.  

Youth members must schedule an appointment with our Member Service Desk at 309-344-1324 to review the guidelines and be approved. 


Ymca Stories Children Classroom

Our Success Stories

We continue to build our relationship with Knox College through hosting student volunteers in our After School Programs. There are over 30 Knox student volunteers who help our programs thrive and help us meet our overall goal of providing a wonderful before and after school experience for our participants. This partnership is mutually beneficial for the Knox County YMCA and for Knox College; our Before and After School Program participants gain role models in the form of college students they can look up to, while Knox students gain an impactful experience working with children, and get to do meaningful service in their community. Volunteers help the kids with homework, play alongside them during free time, and assist the YMCA instructors by creating new, fun programming ideas.