PDX Hunt pits teams against each other during treasure and beer hunts as they scour cities in search of checkpoints in order to win cash and prizes. Hunts are held in various cities across the country, with teams getting acquainted with their own city and one another as they fight for bragging rights. Text-messaged clues point contestants in the right direction, leading them to secret locations to which they then dash like dogs to spilled hot-dog water. At various locations, crews must complete unique tasks. Moving on foot or city bus, groups must stay together at all times, lest wanderers fall prey to competing gangs or become distracted by lurking shadow puppeteers. After the races, which can sometimes cover 4–6 miles, the top 10 placing teams receive prizes and glory for their skillful navigation of the town.
Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to more than 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams?composed of at least two people?vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race?style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.
Beyond providing an opportunity for friendly competition and social interaction throughout the Denver area, the organizers of Denver Bocce League only have one mission: help players have fun. During each season, teams of up to 12 players compete in lighthearted bouts of the classic Italian game, which unlike other sports, requires little to no experience, physical exertion, or physics PhDs to master. After each game, teams can head to local bars for exclusive drink specials, and a variety of prizes await the victor of each season's playoffs.
LoDo Spokes owner Justin Spencer could likely tell you anything you want to know about bicycles. He's spent well over 15 years in the cycling industry and encountered all forms of the pedal-driven vehicle, even the kind Ben-Hur and Messala used in their famous bicycle race. But he won't try to sell you a new bike. Instead, he wants his customers to be happy with their current rides.
A look inside LoDo Spokes' brick storefront is like a glance into Mr. Spencer's bike-filled mind. In this space, Mr. Spencer and his team true wheels, change brake pads, and install new cables for brakes and gears. In most cases, they can tune up bikes the same day. In addition to possessing a dearth of bike knowledge, Mr. Spencer's and the crew are well versed in tuning up skis and snowboards, ensuring that all equipment is finely tune and ready to tackle the freshest powder of any season.
Soccer Fit?s coaches aren't just people who love soccer; they're retired professional players who have played on fields around the world. They bring their love of the game and vast knowledge of techniques to budding soccer players of all ages, from senior citizens all the way down to four-year-olds and advanced zygotes. The camps, clinics, and private lessons focus on technical skills, while the fitness classes use soccer exercises as a fun workout.
In a battle against both other runners and hunger itself, contestants in the Food Fight 5K don goggles and running shoes to sprint through a 5K course while dodging volleys of food?all to benefit local charity. At four food-themed stations along the way, volunteers deluge runners with different foods, including spaghetti, mashed potatoes, chocolate, and flour. To avoid waste, the "food" at each station is actually a mix of corn starch, water, and non-toxic coloring?aside from the spaghetti station, which uses expired pasta that is nevertheless safe and non-toxic. After the race, runners head through a human car wash to clean up before attending an after-party with drinks, live music, foam cannons, confetti, and food (for eating this time). Many events also include the ooblek challenge, in which challengers attempt to walk across a non-Newtonian substance that's at once a solid and a liquid, unlike Isaac Newton's body?an all-gaseous omniscient cloud.