As the sun sets, cityscapes buzz with neon silhouettes as runners clad in glow-in-the-dark garb race through the GlowBash 5K's metropolitan courses. But the late starting time and futuristically-clad participants are not the only things that set this race apart from other 5K trots. Competing in teams of two or more, runners must follow 10 clues provided at the start of the race that will guide them to a series of predetermined checkpoints and challenges. Depending on the route they take, runners can cover anywhere from 3 to 5 miles in a path that can take roughly 2.5 hours to complete. After the race, each participant receives a medal and access to a post-race party, where they can mingle with fellow runners rather than going home and jogging alone on their human-sized hamster wheel. The race benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Hand in Hand for Haiti was founded in response to the 2010 earthquake that rocked Haiti, claiming more than 230,000 lives. After determining that the best way to help people rebuild their lives is through education, the project focused on building a school in Saint-Marc. The school, Lycée Jean-Baptiste Pointe du Sable, will house and run classes for more than 700 students from pre-school through secondary school. Students at the school also receive two nutritious meals every day and learn at the highest academic levels, with bilingual English-French classes taught by foreign and local teachers.
Owner Miles Rico and his staff forge strong, resilient muscles and minds with a host of challenging classes intended for novices and advanced athletes alike. Each encouraging class features new and unusual workouts, helping to stave off repetition and boredom. CrossFit sessions feature boot-camp-style exercises intense enough to condition firemen and policemen, but adaptive enough to accommodate biceps of every diameter. The gym’s nearly two-hour Brazilian jiujitsu classes add extra kicks to traditional martial-arts training, placing emphasis on smooth technical movements that refine bodily shapes and confidence. Unlike planets after ice storms, Crank CrossFit’s schedule is easy to adjust to and safe for dinos, offering classes multiple times a day, six days a week.
When she trained for her first mud run, Kelly Perez felt out of her element. The exercise was nothing like her day job?selling adult toys through her website, Sensual Steals?and she struggled to find the fun in it. So she started thinking about what it would be like to combine a mud run race with the sexy, playful aspects of an adult consumer convention. Suddenly, the idea of running a race seemed like a lot of fun after all.
Thus, The X Run?a 5K that mixes mud with adult humor?was born. Its obstacles divert from mud-run standards with their tongue-in-cheek names and props. The Dominatrix Dungeon, for example, encloses participants in a muddy maze festooned with hanging bondage items. Everyone runs in whatever clothing they feel most comfortable wearing (nudity is prohibited), and though there's a clock that tells you your race time, the vibe is hardly competitive. Kelly's foremost goal is to promote a sex- and body-positive outlook. To that end, the event welcomes runners of all fitness levels, and donates part of its proceeds to sexual health organizations.
After the race, runners collect their completion medals and, if they're over 21, a free beer. They can also partake in more food and drink at the on-site after-party, which features a DJ, pole dancing, mud wrestling, and a meet-and-greet with adult film stars.
Your race. Your cause. That's the mantra behind My Charity Run, a 5K/10K that allows registrants to raise funds for whichever organization they choose. As long as the group is a registered nonprofit, runners can initiate a fundraising campaign for it upon signing up for the race. Though the hallmark of the event, fundraising is optional: runners without a specific charity in mind will have a portion of their registration fee donated to various local charities.
To prep for the race, runners can follow 5K and 10K training programs on My Charity Run's Facebook and Twitter pages. The day of the run, participants are encouraged to wear clothing or uniforms that represent and promote their cause. The race will take place on the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, and those who let the bucolic backdrop inspire them to cross the finish line will be rewarded with a completion medal, a souvenir T-shirt, and a goodie bag with swag from the sponsors. Awards will be handed out to the three fastest times and three highest fundraisers in each age group, as well as three overall spirit awards for those with great costumes, positive attitudes, and spirit animals with the quickest completion times.