Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
Vivid green key-lime cupcakes, banana-pudding cakes topped with petite vanilla wafers, and towers of tiny cakes destined for a wedding: all might appear at once in the workshop behind the scenes of A Cupcakes World. Founder Tenika White carefully designs each one, constantly inventing new flavor blends to surprise her customers and customizing flavors and toppings to satisfy her clients’ personal orders. Each flavor is so meticulously imagined that the lines blur between original and specialty cupcakes; both categories together boast such varieties as peppermint patty, boozy pink champagne, and cherry almond vanilla.
Tenika allows patrons to exercise their own culinary creativity by building their own cupcakes. To that end, myriad cake flavors, fillings of lemon curd and chocolate mousse, and spirals of frosting wait to be chosen, like kids in a pickup game of football or adults in a pickup game of financial advice.
The mobile teams of auto detailers from T's Terrific Touch treat vehicles to meticulous cleaning and polishing at any location. Drivers leave their car in the driveway or park in their space at work, and return to an automobile with a clean interior and undercarriage, hand-waxed finish, and towel-dried body.
Paddles churn the crystal waters as a rainbow of boards slips silently across the surface of Mountain Island Lake. The shoreline, dappled with trees that shiver with cavorting wildlife, falls away behind the board's passengers as they stand in the middle of the aquatic expanse. Though the view is much different from the oceanic coastlines more commonly associated with the sport, the meditative calm and athletic challenge remain.
With roots in Hawaiian culture, the unique method of riding a board takes advantage of the surfer's panoramic viewpoint and ability to avoid far-off swells and bossy tugboats. The act of constantly balancing and paddling, while simple, tones core muscles and enables participants to silently observe surrounding wildlife. Sup Charlotte keeps adventurers afloat on Riviera boards, which they sell and use in lessons to keep riders of all experience levels gliding more gracefully than swans looking for parking.
• For $20, you get a one-day single-passenger kayak rental (a $40 value). • For $100, you get a four-hour pontoon boat rental (up to a $200 value). A $300 down payment is required upon time of visit, and will be fully refunded once the boat is returned. Pontoon operators must be 21 or older, and operators 21–26 must show proof of NC boating safety course.
With more than 20 California-style pizzas and other sumptuous Italian eats on its menu, Wolfman Pizza satisfies the hunger of pizza lovers and bloodthirsty shape-shifters alike. Using freshly baked dough, house-made tomato sauce, and daily-shredded whole-milk mozzarella, Wolfman Pizza cooks up tasty specialty pies such as the Greek-inspired Mykonos pizza ($15 for 12-inch), a Homeric ode of roma tomatoes, red onions, Greek olives, capers, and feta. Construct a stairway of Italian sausage and black olives in your gullet with the Led Zeppelin pie ($7.49 for 8-inch). Or concoct a personalized vision of pizza perfection by festooning a create-your-own pie ($6 and up) with nontraditional toppings such as black-bean sauce, gruyere cheese, and scallions.