Clean running clothes have no place at Mighty Mud Dash, a 5K-challenge course that beckons runners of all fitness levels to plunge through stretches of mud in search of glory. Friendly competition is encouraged as waves of runners forge a path through more than 20 rugged, slippery obstacles?including wall climbs, cargo net-covered crawls, 30-yard mud-filled trenches, and a sprawling tarp slide.
Though the main race is only open to competitors age 14 and older, a scaled-down 100-yard obstacle dash welcomes children as young as 6 to test their agility and endurance. After the competition, participants gather for celebration and music at the post-race party, where they can rinse off or roll all over an expensive white velour sofa to a soundtrack of upbeat tunes. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the work of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, a non-profit organization working to conserve Texas's natural resources like its hunting and fishing grounds.
Yakety Yak Wireless, a cellular repair and used phone store, is the culmination of its owner’s 20 years of expertise working for Microsoft. The bright, modern shop hosts trained technicians who perform onsite repairs for mobile devices, including mending damaged trackballs for BlackBerrys and repairing the cracked screens of Apple and Motorola mobile devices. Display tables showcase an array of accessories and gently-used phones from national carriers, which customers can buy and sell, or give to the store’s green program that safely handles and recycles old devices to keep them out of landfills or the mouths of grazing billy goats.
For those who’ve locked themselves out of their iPad or lost hours of work because their computer crashed, TechOne Centre promises relief from frustration. Not only do its technicians repair Mac computers and iPads and recover data, but they also lead training classes so customers can better understand their products. Their pupils range from professional tech teams seeking Apple certifications to everyday Mac and iPad users who need a helping hand.
The thoroughly trained staff members at each My Oreck Store direct customers toward the proper housecleaning accouterments while doling out customized services plus 30-day money-back guarantees on returned items. Tidy up living spaces with a new vacuum by Oreck or Miele ($149.99+), or outfit a vacuum with a new bag ($5.99–$50 for all brands) to complement its date-night outfit. Air purifiers ($149.99) help to rid the surrounding atmosphere of contaminants, and industrial-strength cleaning supplies ($5–$79.99) utilize powerful ingredients that perform constant bicep curls and lunges to vigorously sanitize soiled surfaces.
Quick EZ Repairs’ technicians can resolve a broad spectrum of electronics emergencies, from broken iPhone screens to the mythical red ring of death—the techs’ moniker for the three red lights that signify an Xbox 360 error. Through rigorous examinations and troubleshooting, they return devices to working order and back their handiwork with a 30-day guarantee. In addition to fixing up smartphones, PCs, game consoles, and tablets, the team can recover corrupted files and transfer data from old computers directly into the brains of babies. The shop also includes an extensive stock of new phones, games, and computer accessories.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.