You could probably run for three hours on a treadmill, but why would you want to? Brothers Jamil and Nick Coury—named two of the Arizona Republic's top 35 entrepreneurs under the age of 35—provide far more enjoyable running opportunities at the 20 long-distance trail runs they organize each year. They don't pick these courses, which wind through some of the most scenic terrain in Arizona and Colorado, by simply throwing darts at the earth from a helicopter. With more than 80 completed marathons between them, the brothers are experts at spotting the natural features that make for a satisfying run. These include steep inclines, sloping descents, and eye-popping views. Their events give you the chance to gaze on Phoenix from the White Tank Mountain Range or behold Silverton, Colorado, from more than 13,000 feet above sea level.
Pinz celebrates classic ten-pin competition with open hours throughout the week, league opportunities, and cosmic bowling each weekend. The newly renovated facility is now outfitted with synthetic bowling surfaces, glow-in-the-dark carpeting, and flat-screen television sets. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the lanes take on glowing hues that emulate the experience of bowling under the Northern Lights without the inconvenience of getting frostbite. Pinz’s onsite kitchen dishes up quick specialties to fill bellies, and the facility’s game room is equipped with pool tables, air-hockey tables, and a digital jukebox capable of plucking old 45s from the far reaches of the Internet.
Amy Tuso aims to capture in vibrant acrylics and oils the joy of both the creative act itself and the subject of her choice–whether that be a minimalist, abstract take on cloud formation or a somewhat-pulpy rendition of a cowboy riding a mechanical bull. Browse her gallery to sample the radiant spectra of her brushjitsu. Small pieces start at $25, while her largest pieces range from $55–$65, with all gradations of pricing and dimensions in between.
Green Zebra Adventures allows participants a chance to steer the unparalleled terrain ferry that is the Tomcar through a portion of 23,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert. At the beginning of the three–four hour tour, you can flip a talismanic clump of desert dust to determine who will take the wheel first. After setting out on a relatively mellow road to get a handle on the vehicle, passengers will follow their guide out onto the breathtaking uneven terrain. Scheduled stops grant opportunities to switch drivers, snap photos of saguaro cacti, and take a quick dip in the Verde River (weather permitting). Aside from an appetite for brush, rocks, and path-invading cacti, your desert chariot comes equipped with four-point racing-regulated safety belts that ensure Mom's piece of mind as you zip over the Sonoran path. Four-wheel independent suspension and a high ground clearance allow passengers to enjoy the off-road experience without the whiplash and jostle-hip commonly associated with all-terrain vehicles.
Just two blocks from Fountain Hills' famous 560-foot fountain, Fountain Bowl stands as a monument itself, celebrating strikes, spares, and even the occasional split. After its 2009 renovation, the family-friendly alley now boasts shiny new lanes, pin-spotter machines, glow-in-the-dark carpeting, and flat-screen TVs. With two friends and a frenemy, 10-pin fans can fill up four seats at one bowling lane, throwing slashes and Xs for as many as three rabble-rousing rounds.
Fountain Hills Oktoberfest has plenty of beer, though the festival's German founders also celebrate all aspects of Bavarian culture. They pour four Warsteiner brews from taps all day long, including a seasonal, pilsner, a hefeweizen, and a dark dunkel. You'll also find grilled footlong bratwursts, sauerkraut, schnitzel, pretzels, and homemade apple strudel. All that food and drink fuels dancing to live tunes from the band Die Echten Waldbuam, who are flown in from Germany and specialize in traditional oompah music. The organizers also offer up prizes for the person who produces the best note on an alp horn, and the person who can hold a beer stein at arm's length the longest.