Cut through the back woods of Mount Crescent Ski Area populated by man-made and natural obstacles during Zombie Run Omaha 5K. The 3.1-mile track can make anyone's blood run hot—especially when they're being chased by cold-blooded zombies. Before taking off from the starting line, runners don flags around their waist and attempt to complete the track without having their flag stolen by one of the many zombies that lie in wait throughout the course. Once they make it to the finish line, runners can celebrate their survival at the apocalypse party, where a DJ serenades everyone with spooky tunes, and vendors provide post-race green monster punch.
Located in Council Bluffs, Ameristar Casino Hotel Council Bluffs is on a river and convenient to Lauritzen Gardens and Mid-America Center. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Bluffs Run Greyhound Park and Henry Doorly Zoo.
Make yourself at home in one of the 160 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and plasma televisions. 42-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and wake-up calls, as well as phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Head straight for the casino, or wait for that lucky feeling while you enjoy one of the other recreational opportunities, such as a casino and an indoor pool. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours).
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include currency exchange, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available 24 hours).
Color Me Rad stages 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new, nontoxic pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities.
Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt, sunglasses, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners younger than 8 years old can sprint for free, provided they have a waiver signed by a guardian and won't give in to demands for gold from confused leprechauns.
Not many people would peg Santa Claus as a runner—his rotund figure doesn’t help his case—but The HoHoHo5K Fun Run seems to prove them wrong. Santa’s fitness prowess is redeemed thanks to a hoard of runners taking to the streets of Council Bluffs in holiday costumes; popular selections include the man in red, as well as Mrs. Claus and other holiday characters. The race takes participants through downtown and past Bayliss Park, which will be aglow with string lights, and past water and hot-chocolate stations. Participants are encouraged to donate a new toy on the day of the race to help local kids have a memorable holiday, and a portion of the race’s proceeds further these efforts.
Each year from March 20th to November 15th, golf balls dot the fairways across the 2,966-yard, nine-hole course at Treynor Recreation Area. Two water hazards lay hidden throughout, but only affect play at two points: off the third tee, where players reach the fairway by hitting over a pond, and on the dogleg left fifth hole. With no tee time requirements, the course allows players to show up unannounced—making it a good way to practice for crashing a neighbor's dinner party. After holing out on the ninth, players can tie up their golf bags outside of The Clubhouse Sports Bar and Grill and head inside for post-round bites and beers.
At Sempai Judo Academy, fourth-degree judo and jujitsu black belt Jason Reinders and his staff specialize in the Japanese martial art of judo. During a typical judo match, contestants rely on takedowns, pins, and submissions to either beat their opponents or impress them so much that they burst into tears of joy. The team actually teaches or is inspired by a range of martial arts styles like jujitsu, ninjutsu, and tae kwon do. Judo classes here are also available for kids.