Seven extreme athletes and one Royal Marine banded together to design Spartan Races' intense miles-long courses, each strewn with obstacles to test resilience, stamina, and strength. Clad in event T-shirts, runners collect smudges and stains as they clamber across mud pits, slide unscathed under barbed wire, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as three miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
Splash into ART offers guided painting workshops for aspiring artists or casual paint-slingers of any and all skill levels. Whether you've been a paint-based hobbyist since receiving your first set of childhood watercolor paints or still believe that paint is rainbow juice, you'll find fun by burrowing into an evening of group painting. A skilled instructor guides students step-by-step through the process of recreating a featured painting, from vivid fall leaves and neutral tree landscapes to dragonflies, which symbolize the desire to win the lottery. All supplies are provided for students, from brushes and paint to paintbrushes. You'll leave with a painting to take home and display or lock in the attic for immortality purposes. The two-hour classes are all BYOB and snacks, so you can sip on libations and loosen up artistic inhibitions while gabbing with pals or meeting new people. You also have the option of upgrading to one of the three hour classes by paying the difference. Check the schedule for upcoming classes and featured paintings.
Create a Canvas’s owner established this laid-back artistic center after taking a similar class and discovering its therapeutic properties and ability to inspire creativity. Determined to help people find their muse, the proprietor and staff opened their doors to students of all artistic levels. Budding artists unleash their inner Rembrandts as they glide their brushes over the canvas during date nights, bachelorette parties, or private functions. During casual, fun-filled sessions, fledgling painters produce their own versions of a chosen painting, which they can later gift to a friend or use to spruce up the doghouse foyer.
Golf is a sport of physical precision and aerial dynamics—won and lost upon the pendulum of your swing. Honey Creek Golf Club's par-72 course features thousands of yards of greenery designed to challenge everyone from first-time clubbers to full-time swingers. The scrupulously maintained course's scenic fairways, challenging slopes, and TifEagle Bermuda greens require patience and an arsenal of shots to conquer. To help carry the burden of lugging around a golf bag filled with iron, wood, and Ziploc bags full of lead dental fillings, Honey Creek Golf Club will let you borrow a motorized cart from its stable of purebred golf carts. Call in advance to schedule your tee time.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
The Great Bull Run brings the thrill of Pamplona's historic event to cities across the United States. Modeled after the Running of the Bulls, this one-day event enables participants to race live bulls, keeping one step ahead of the charging animals to finally prove that toes are better for running than hooves. While the historic Pamplona event has had few serious injuries in its 102 years of existence, The Great Bull Run staff takes even more precautions to ensure runners stay smiling from beginning to end. Additionally, the bulls are given the full respect they deserve, and are not antagonized or harmed before, during, or after the run.
Following the race, runners and newcomers can gather together for a good old-fashioned food fight. Tomato Royale arms entrants with juicy fruit that they can fling at each other. Additional post-run activities include an after-party, live entertainment, and games as well as food and beverages.