The Toro Loco Challenge fuses the arts of mud running, obstacle navigation, and adventure into twin courses––one competitive and one recreational. On the Raging Bull path, challengers hurtle through muddy terrain while confronting obstacles such as ziplines and spinning balance beams. On the 5K Leisurely Longhorn Course, dogs and children run along with racers over ropes and puddles. Music fills the air at the finish line, and prizes are awarded to the boldest costumes, the most spirited teams, and the most nimble pups. Proceeds from the Toro Loco Challenge will benefit the Petfinder Foundation, and adoptable dogs will be on hand throughout the event.
Phoenix Area Skydiving’s professional staff specializes in training and instilling confidence in first-time skydivers. They accompany these novices into compact aircraft for up to 120-mile-per-hour tandem free falls over the expansive Arizona desert landscape. Once up in the air, they field visitors’ questions about flight mechanics and often let them control the parachute, granting a more effective hands-on skydiving experience than wrestling with a ceiling fan. They also prepare visitors for solo flights with an accelerated free-fall program, and safeguard each diver’s safety with a technique briefing and gear check before every flight.
Wild Planet Paintball offers five fields' worth of paint-projectile combat and all the safety equipment necessary to protect pigment-punched players. During the unlimited, full night of paintball bombarding, players will receive air rental, the essential rental marker, a mask, and 1,000 rounds of paintball ammunition. Take cover behind several embankments on the Rocketship Field, or unleash your battle cry "Remember the Titans!" on Alamo Field. Those who have never had the pleasure of hurling projectile capsules at masked enemies can turn to the helpful Wild Planet staff with any beginner's question. They'll put players of any proficiency on the fast track to spraying colors of the visible spectrum. Wild Planet's policy is to organize teams for rec-ball play according to the players' abilities, so everyone can feel challenged and beginning players don't have to match up against a Norwegian paintball-accuracy gold-medalist.
Lush fairways, a trio of lakes, and more than 1,500 mature trees comprise the Golf Course at Francisco Grande Hotel and Golf Resort. It's all part of the vision of renowned architect Ralph Plummer, a man known for his uncanny ability to shape greens and bunkers by the eye instead of first sketching them on a Magna Doodle. Visitors reap the benefits of Plummer's picturesque design as they work their way across the par 72 course, especially at the signature third hole, where they step up to a two-tiered elevated tee. Beautiful as this course is, though, it's not architect Plummer's only masterwork: his portfolio also includes Shady Oaks Country Club, the home course of golf icon Ben Hogan.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total distance of 7,545 yards * Five tees per hole * Course rating of 75.3 from the tips * Course slope of 130 from the tips
The roughly 5K Mud 'n' Guts Mud Run challenges athletes from around the country with 20 mud-soaked obstacles, including knee-deep sludge pits, hill slides, and net climbs. The dirt-drenched course allows participants to put their stamina, physical fitness, and mental determination to the test in a much more fun and safer way than challenging a Central African chimpanzee to a staring contest. Adrenaline and sheer force of will boost runners over walls and across ropes slung over the mud-filled trenches, leading them to the finish line where a postcompetition party awaits with drinks, music, and food. After each race, announcers honor the top participants, bestowing a special distinction upon the runner who was brave enough to don the wackiest costume.