The USRA Half Marathon Series spans 25 cities, where locals unite to test their competitive spirit in distance road races suited for runners of all physical endurances. Runners can choose from a half marathon or a 5K. Once they cross the finish line, racers in multiple age categories can snag awards for a job well done, regardless of whether they ran individually, as part of corporate teams, or to fundraise for a sanctioned charity program. Postrace activities also include live entertainment at a finish line party.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Dining at Cloud 9 is an experience that celebrates finely prepared comfort food and fun, experimental cocktails—especially the martini. On the smaller end of the menu, chefs prepare gourmet three-cheese grilled cheese sandwiches and turkey clubs that sneak crispy bacon in with wholesome avocado. The dishes only get heartier from there: the Filet 'N' Mac piles a hand-cut filet mignon atop a bed of white cheddar mac 'n' cheese and several fish dishes offer lighter, just-as-filling options. And with an especially creative drink menu before you, it's hard not to order a signature cocktail here. The Cloud 9 cocktail is one of those irresistible options, mixing Absolut vodka with Malibu rum, blue curacao, and pineapple juice.
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s one-month membership ($39.95), which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A free fitness orientation offered to each new member helps determine an optimal fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program, and a personal-training session ($40) help self-sculptors attain results. This deal also includes a month of unlimited tanning ($20) to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.