Raccoon River Excursions mobilizes merriment, sending colorful inner tubes and party buses zooming down their respective rivers and roads. During tubing excursions, guides shuttle groups to a launch point on the Raccoon River. After donning life vests, intrepid travelers lay atop their buoyant donuts and drift down 7–8 miles of gentle waters before boarding buses back to home base. Decked with MP3 and CD sound systems and beverage stations, spacious party buses chauffeur revelers as they celebrate impending nuptials or recent subpoenas by grooving on the dance floor and whipping around the dance pole under glinting LED lights.
Skate North Incrediroll invites seasoned speeders and still-learning wobblers to glide around the smooth, family-friendly rink. After lacing up rented roller skates or inline skates, guests merge onto the Skate Court. One of the largest indoor rinks in Des Moines, the Skate Court proffers a friendly surface specifically designed for roller-skating and roller-giggling. A live DJ often fills the rink with jamming tunes, livening up the atmosphere for both skaters and spectators in perimeter seats.
Some runners race for the thrill of victory while others just want to escape from the living dead. Half traditional 5K, half horror movie come to life, the Zombie Run 5K has something for everyone. At the starting line, the human racers—known for their ability to enunciate, give warm handshakes, and appreciate paprika—are tipped off that horror looms as they embark from a flipped tanker that has spilled zombie-birthing toxic goo. After a 1K warm-up, the tension ratchets as contestants enter the second K's militarized zone, where the walking, lurching, and jogging dead begin to give chase.
Now since zombies are a fictional creation, they're played by fellow racers clad in bloody makeup and trained in zombie choreography. And since eating people is still illegal in the U.S., humans wear flags that the zombies grab in lieu of chomping. Zombies multiply like zombie rabbits across three more running zones, including a vaccination hydration center reprieve and a heart-pounding 2K free-for-all to the finish. Alive or "dead," everybody gets to finish the race, which is followed by the Quarantine Party—featuring live DJ music from alive DJs, snacks and refreshments, and movie-quality zombie makeovers for people who want to nail the job interviews they have the next day.
Elena Tobiash and Igor Velikanov are so comfortable on their skates, they look like they float over the ice instead of skating through it. Elena is a former member of the Russian Olympic skating team, while Igor entertained audiences as a member of the Russian Ballet on Ice. Both have more than 15 years of coaching experience, as well as certification from the United States Figure Skating Association. Today, they pass on their training to young skaters through their Learn to Skate and Power Class sessions, empowering youngsters to glide with confidence and grace.
If it takes place on synthetic ice, it's probably going down at The Ice Ridge. The Ice Ridge rink, made of eco-friendly panels that mimic real ice, hosts skaters of practically every age and experience level, whether they're taking classes or celebrating birthdays. The indoor space, encircled by the expansive square's blue walls, is kept safe thanks to the watchful eyes of instructors and supervisors. Skaters may embark on a variety of activities, learning to play hockey, socializing at on-ice fundraising events, or having an adventure after being kicked out for ice-fishing attempts. An onsite pro shop equips rink-goers with boots, blades, and services, such as repairs and fittings.
At the race emcee's cue, flashes of neon pink, lime green, and electric blue pour across the starting line. They may not be the hues of typical running apparel, which usually include black and grey so runners don't distract drivers, but this isn't a typical 5K. The Totally Rad 80s Run pays homage to the decade of the leg warmer by encouraging (though not requiring) runners to don '80s-inspired gear?workout or otherwise. The "raddest"-dressed participants win prizes, but everyone is welcome to beer and food available for purchase at the finish line. And since the 5K moves at a laid-back pace, you won't be too exhausted to enjoy it.