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.
Starting in the mangrove swamps of South Florida as Tarzan’s Cup, The Jungle Cup tests runners’ warrior instincts and brute strength with a bevy of jungle-inspired challenges. Lone wolves, coed pairs, or teams of four take on the 5K course’s rivers of mud and swinging vines with the hope of winning the coveted Jungle Cup—or at least a finisher’s medal. Obstacles vary based on the run’s location, but contestants can rest assured that their endurance will be put to the test through primal trials such as leaping over fire pits, hurling javelins, and swimming through water hazards. After the race, athletes cool down with a frosty beverage at the Jungle Party, which celebrates their victories with fire shows, hula hoop-offs, and costume contests.
Players advance and retreat across three acres of battlefields at Xtreme Paintball Conyers, semi-automatic markers clutched tight. Weaving in and out of dense obstacles, firing at opponents attempting to snipe from forts and bunkers, or running and ducking on the fast-paced speedball fields, warriors of all stripes can find the backdrop suitable to their preferred brand of action. Xtreme Paintball even offers up gaming formats for the strategist: capture the flag or attack and defend. And to ensure that first-time players can compete, the staff rents out markers, hoppers, CO2 tanks, and protective masks that keep adversaries from seeing nostrils flare in surprise.
Golfers across Texas, Arizona, and Georgia get an expert's opinion on their local private and public courses through AvidGolfer Magazine. The professionals also offer some basic instructions, in-depth product reviews, and careful explanations of why a lower score is better. Besides expert advice, the magazine releases an annual passbook that grants subscribers entry into several local courses.
There are two ways to learn to pole dance at Fit Candy Studio. The women's gym hosts no-commitment drop-in classes, along with four-week Pole University sequences. The latter meets weekly, which fosters a sense of community among classmates, and allows the teacher to steadily ramp up the intensity of the routines. Through classes in either style, though, students can expand their pole-dancing repertoire, from floor work and fundamentals to inversions to finally getting the pole to dance on its own. The instructors complement their signature pole classes with other flirty fitness styles, too, such as chair dancing and Zumba.
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.