A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.
Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race sends runners into an obstacle-filled odyssey of muddy endurance. The 5-kilometer course features more than epic 25 obstacles, with participants scaling towers of stacked shipping containers, crawling through underground tunnels, and leaping over fire. After the race, live music and cold beer invite triumphant runners to unwind. Those with excess energy can head over to even more kinetic activities such as mechanical bull riding, beach volleyball, and adult-sized bounce houses.
You clutch your bow with the arrow to your chest, slinking along the cavern walls toward the dark opening in the distance. You think you hear a scuffle to your left, but aren't sure if the sound came from your own feet. You press on, about to make a run for it, until someone emerges from behind a pile of wooden palates up ahead. You take aim and fire—but instead of piercing them, the arrow just bounces off their body; it has a soft foam tip.
That's because this isn't a real battle, it's archery tag, one of the many games featured at Extreme Underground. Located beneath the Earth's surface in a former U.S. Army bunker, the gaming arena also pits competitors in matches of indoor/outdoor laser tag and game-room classics such as foosball and billiards. There's a black-lit miniature golf course, as well as speleobox, a wooden maze that simulates crawling through low caves. Eighty linear feet of climbing walls fit in perfectly with the bunker's cavernous architecture, and more modern games such as Makoto Arena challenge participants to touch their hands and feet to the LED lights intermittently emitted from a six-foot tower. Gamers are welcome to drop in, or reserve the arena for birthday parties, overnight excursions, or to prepare for the inevitable robot coup.