Gaston County Family YMCA

Central Family YMCA


The Central Family YMCA is a non-profit organization committed to helping you live a balanced, healthy life in spirit, mind and body. We make a positive impact in the Gaston County community through encouraging wellness and family.

Address & Phone:

615 W. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28052
Phone: (704) 865-8551
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Monday – Thursday: 5:30am – 9:30pm
Friday: 5:30am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:30pm-5:00pm (Closed June-August)

Childwatch Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 1:00pm & 4:00pm – 7:30pm
Friday: 8:00am – 1:00pm & 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday: Closed


Racquetball Reservation Schedule here

Request access to reserve courts here (must have a gmail account, note ADD TO RAQUETBALL in subject line) or email


Fall Flag Football

Fall Flag Football

Ages: 5-14 (In 4 age divisions, 5-6, 7-8, 9-11,  and Middle School 12-14)

Youth Flag Football is a great sports opportunity to play football in a contact free league.  Players will learn football fundamentals and game concepts in a fun, safe environtment where they can learn how to work together and succeed together.  Register today for this co-ed, recreational league.

Registration: Now – October 13th. This program does have a registration limit.  There is a $10 non-refundable late fee for all players registered after October 13th, if space is available.
Download the registration form.

Register Online Here!

Practice and Games: Practice begins the week of October 27th.  Teams will have 4 practices before games start, with one on their practice day (Monday or Tuesday), and one practice on Saturday for 2 weeks.  Games will follow with each team playing games on both their practice day and Saturday for the rest of the season starting the week of November 12th.  The final game of this 6-game season is scheduled for December 6th.  There will be no games on November 29th due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, and there will be no games on Monday/Tuesday, December 1st and 2nd due to the McAdenville Christmas Lights.  Games on Saturday, November 22nd will take place at the Central Family YMCA in Gastonia due to the ChristmasTown Bowl being held in McAdenville.

Where: All games and practices (with the exception of November 24th) will take place at the Pharr Family YMCA 208 Main Street McAdenville unless otherwise noted.

Coaches: We need volunteer coaches in every age group.  Please consider coaching this season by indicating so on your registration form or by contacting  Evan Rankin or Ben Oeser at the Pharr Family YMCA.  The coaches meeting will be held on Monday, October 20th at 7:00 pm at the Stowe Family YMCA.

Member – $52
Participant – $77
Includes a uniform top, end of season award, and a 6 game season.

Contact: Evan Rankin – Program Coordinator; Ben Oeser – Sports Director at the Pharr Family YMCA, 704.824.1131.

Race Results

Click on the links below for race results

Y-Races Series Update (Race 3 of 5): Males

Y-Race Series Update (Race 3 of 5): Females



TAG for Kids (Triathlon Around Gaston): Official results to be posted soon.

September 1st – The Burn (Labor Day 5K); Age group awards

July 18th – Grizzlies 5K; Age group awards

May 24th – Belmont Classic 5K; Age group awards

May 17th – CaroMont Community Challenge 5K; Age group awards; Let Me Run 5K

May 10th – Girls on the Run 5K; Age group awards

May 3rd – Mount Holly Springfest 5K; Age group awards

April 25th – Cherry Blossom 5K; Age group awards



December 7th – Girls on the Run Belmont 5K: Age group awards

November 30th – ChristmasTown 5K; Age group awards

November 9th – Spencer Mountain 10Mile; 5K;  Age group awards – both races

October 5th – St. Michaels Fun Fair 5K; 1 Mile Cub Trot

July 26th – Grizzlies 5k.  Photos of race night here.

May 25th – Belmont Classic 5k

May 4th – Girls on the Run Spring Race

April 26th – Cherry Blossom 5K

Spencer Mountain 10 Mile & 5K

Spencer Mountain 10 Mile & 5K

Participate in the Spencer Mountain 10 Mile & 5K this year! Proceeds benefit LIVESTRONG at the YMCA.

Saturday, November 8th. Both races begin at @ 8:00 a.m. at Warlick School, 1316 Spencer Mtn. Road, Gastonia, NC 28054. Some GPS devices may note this as Ranlo, NC.

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a twelve-week, small group program designed for adult cancer survivors. This program fulfills the important need of supporting the increasing number of cancer survivors who find themselves in the transitional period between completing their cancer treatment and the shift to feeling physically and emotionally strong enough to attempt to return to their normal life or their “new normal”. The program is conducted outside of medical facilities to emphasize that LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is about health, not disease.


Register online here, call 704.865.8551, or download a form here.

10-Mile Fee:
» $30 until October 31st, $40 after November 1st

5K Fee:
» $25 until October 31st, $35 after November 1st 

Other Details:

Awards given in five year increments for male and female runners.

10 Mile Course Map

5K Course Map & Elevation Chart

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

Will there be an early packet pickup?

Yes, early packet pick up will be Friday, November 7th at the Run & Walk Belmont, 200 Main Street in Belmont  from 10AM -6PM.

Can I walk the 10 Mile or 5K?

The 5K is open to walkers and runners alike. However, the 10 Mile course is limited to 2 1/2 hours so we can fully open up the roads to traffic.

Where should I park?

Please park at the field North of Warlick School. The church across the street does not like us parking there.

Can I wear headphones, run with my pet or push a baby stroller?

Headphones are allowed, but please be aware and cautious of your surroundings. We try to lessen as much traffic as possible, but realize we cannot close off ten miles in five towns 100 percent. Pets are not allowed for the safety of all runners. Strollers are allowed for the 5K (good luck).

How many water stops are there?

There are two water stops for the 5k and five water stops for the 10 Mile. Please stay hydrated.

What awards can I expect for my fantastic performance?

Medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd per gender and in increments of five year age groups will be awarded. In addition, all 10 mile finishers will get a medal for completion.

Where can I find information on course layout and elevation?

Updated information can be found through by visiting  Map My Run

My family wants to volunteer. How can they?

Please have them contact Steve D’Avria at or (704) 865-8551. Volunteers will a receive t-shirt, snacks, and lots of love from the YMCA.

Who made this all possible?

We had some incredible sponsors to make this race possible. They include Walk & Run Belmont, Precision Machine Company, Woodmen of the World, Lowes Foods, the Community Foundation of Gaston County, and Carolina Orthopedic Specialists.

Where does my hard earned money go for this race?

Your fees support the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. Click here for more details.

More questions? Feel free to contact Race Director Steve D’Avria at  or (704) 865-8551

Past Race Results 

Click Here

Lifeguard Certification


Lifeguarding is an important lifesaving skill in every community. Complete a lifeguarding course available this at the Central YMCA with possible employment opportunities upon completion. The participant will receive life guarding, first aid, CPR for the professional rescuer, and Automated External Defibrillator.

Prerequisites — Mandatory swim test includes—300 yard swim (front crawl and breast stroke), jump in and swim 20 yards to retrieve and return a 10 lbs. brick, tread water with feet only for 2 minutes. Attendance mandatory at all session dates and 15 years  old by the date of the last class.

Session: August 8, 9, 10

8th & 9th –  4:00 – 9:00 p.m.

10th – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: Members – $180.00  Program Participants – $230.00

Register online or print the form.

Contact Candace Hyde at or 704.865.8551 with questions.

Toddler Classes


Experienced Staff

Learning Opportunities

The Stowe Family YMCA is now offering 3 special classes just for our Toddlers! Join us for one or more of these excellent monthly sessions.  Join us for an OPEN HOUSE on March 24, 26, and/or 28th for a free look at the classes.  


Art Classes – Little Picassos on Monday, Wednesday 8:55 – 9:55 am

Literacy Classes – Literary EDventures on Monday, Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00 am

Sports + Swim Classes – Rookie Sports and Swim on Friday 9:00 – 11:00 am

All classes are intentionally structured with the goal of fostering a passion for learning, discovering new skills, and building confidence through interaction.


$45 a month for Members

$55 a month for Program Participants

Contact Freddie Mibelli with questions at or call 704.822.9622.


The Gaston Cup

Run with Purpose


The 2nd Annual Gaston Cup  focuses on corporate health and wellness. The Gaston Cup Series provides businesses with a long-term initiative that helps establish healthy lifestyle changes for their employees.

Micro, Small , Medium and Large businesses complete in a series of run/walk races throughout the year. The business with the highest employee participation percentage will win their category Gaston Cup for that year.


Gaston Cup Results July 2014

Race series


Team registration form - email back to

Team flyer

More information and rules

2013 Winners:  Wix Affinia, The Cookson Company and Gaston Together

Afterschool Enrichment

Ensuring A Brighter Future

The YMCA provides a quality, Christian-oriented experience that is safe, fun, and convenient. Y After School operates throughout Gaston County providing enrichment from school dismissal until 6:00 pm daily. During this time we aim to shape character by modeling, teaching, and reinforcing positive values to all students. The YMCA believes in the character development traits of Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, and Faith. The YMCA offers two on-site After School locations and fifteen off-site locations throughout the county.

To find your school and Afterschool location, please visit our Afterschool page.

Youth Swim Lessons

Youth Swim Lessons

Ages: 6 years +

Youth Swim Lessons promote stroke development, personal water safety, water sports, rescue and personal growth are included. During all swim lessons, participants and instructors find opportunities to learn and demonstrate the YMCA core values, (Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith).

Session Days & Times:
Tuesday and Thursday – 6:30 – 7:15 pm
Saturdays – 11:30 – 12:15 am

Download our Swim Lesson Registration Form for session information.

Fees per session: 

Members: $35

Program participants: $65

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