In order to reach the finish line of the Raid Series obstacle course, participants must hoist a sandbag, leap over marine hurdles, and scale a cargo net. The course is designed to emulate a run through the city streets, right up to the finish line, which is actually a climbing wall. It's one branch of The Raid Series, a trifecta of terrain-inspired 5Ks that also include the Mountain Raid and Beach Raid. After racers complete the course, which is on the sand of Old Orchard Beach just one hour and fifteen minutes from Boston, they can jet to the after-party to enjoy beer and live music.
The team of trainers and athletes at CrossFit ?VITAS work closely with groups of exercisers, running them through the ever-changing Workout of the Day. The constant rotation of fitness regimens ensures that muscles never get so good at one particular movement that they stop developing. The intense workouts blend cardio and plyometrics to build healthy hearts and layers of lean muscle.
Surviving in the wilderness can be challenging?especially during the zombie apocalypse. Courses focus purely on the practical aspects of survival, such as building a shelter, finding wild edible plants, purifying water, and learning how to roundhouse kick the wings off pesky mosquitoes.
Color Me Rad stages 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new, nontoxic pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities.
Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt, sunglasses, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners younger than 8 years old can sprint for free, provided they have a waiver signed by a guardian and won't give in to demands for gold from confused leprechauns.
Mud Runner Training infuses workouts with a dose of energy and excitement, turning exercise from a boring routine into a fun, strength-building activity that challenges and motivates participants. Here, the trainers teach students vital self-defense strategies, push them to burn fat in fitness bootcamps, or prepare them for grueling yet rewarding obstacle races with Mud Runner training regimens.
LB never stopped smiling. That’s how Michelle and Louis Butts remember their son, who succumbed to MPS I, or Hurler syndrome, just before his first birthday. To celebrate his life and help others with MPS, they started the 5 for fiVe, a 5K race that builds a contribution for the National MPS Society, a group that sponsors research projects for this currently incurable disease. The race begins at the warming hut in historic Saratoga Spa State Park, winding through trails lined with trees, classical architecture, and water stations to keep athletes hydrated. Participants can run or walk the 5K or register for a 1-mile walk. Kids 12 and younger can run in the 50-yard dash—which is free with any adult registration in the 5K—and sit for face painting in a booth sponsored by Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio. After the race, awards will be given to the top three runners in each division, and prizes from local merchants will be raffled off to the person with the highest bid or the best puppy-dog eyes.