The 18-hole layout of Briar Ridge Golf Course incorporates six large lakes along a serpentine path that's at times becomes surrounded by dense woods and open fields. While many of the fairways are slender, there's typically plenty of open space where tee shots can settle without getting wet or luring golfers into a psychedelic rabbit hole. During rounds, golfers confront green-side bunkers and large, undulant greens, not to mention those water hazards that can spell trouble throughout the course.
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A 5k mud run chock full of 20-plus messy obstacles to climb, crawl, and wade through is challenging enough. As Michigan Zombie Run’s name suggests, however, this particular event plops an extra impediment between racers and the finish line. Divided into running and crawling ghouls, each zombie—made extra frightening by professional makeup —attempts to steal flags from the belts of human participants. If those mere mortals cross the finish line with at least one flag on their person, they remain human; otherwise, they’re cursed to being extras on The Walking Dead for all eternity. Either fate is up to you – Michigan Zombie Run lets every participant choose whether they want to be humans or zombies.
Each year, Mud Factor plows into towns across the country towing along a fun, yet challenging 5K course full of obstacles and mud to trudge through. But it's not just the adults who get covered in the dirty stuff. Mud Factor Kidz offers all the steep hills, muddy pits, and dark moments of introspection as the grownup course. Athletes between 4 and 8 years old run about a mile, and those between 9 and 13 can go as far as two.
Costumes are encouraged for runners who like to rock their own style. By conquering the course, participants win the right to don finishers' medals.
Metro Dash pits athletes against their own limitations as they sprint through a 600-meter course dotted with 20 obstacles that test endurance and strength. High hurdles, balance beams, rope swings, and cargo nets impede the path as contestants—guts wrenching and muscles pounding—sprint to awaken their inner warriors. The Metro Dash staff stands by to control the flow of runners and penalize those who refuse to do an obstacle for fear of soiling their powdered wig.
Metro Dash staff members divide the race into waves, sending runners through the course to climb and crawl in their race T-shirts as spectators cheer on in support. They require runners in the Elite division to run the course a second time, totaling the scores for competition. After the race, awards for the top three cumulative male and female finish times will be announced. A portion of proceeds goes to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation
The professional auto jockeys at Springport Motor Speedway educate and oversee heart-pumping racing experiences as drivers burn rubber in authentic stock cars around a 3/8-mile-long asphalt track with 18-degree embankments. Auto adventures begin with a drivers' meeting and introduction to the chief instructor, where pupils absorb a comprehensive overview of safety, techniques, and what to do when you have an itch under your helmet. After slipping into a five-point racing harness alongside a practiced motorist, passengers ride along for four laps while gleaning tips to prepare to execute speedway solos. Drivers swap seats for a second set of laps, during which whip handlers follow the lead car and pick up speed across 8 oval orbits before setting out singularly for 10 rotations around the track. During a total of 35 revolutions, clients are privy to a two-way radio that spouts guidance from coaches during solo jaunts.