Though the members of San Joaquin River Stewardship Program spend much of their time testing the San Joaquin River's water quality, studying its insects, and growing and replanting native vegetation, they also help make their prized waterway fun for visitors. They provide outdoor recreation, such as kayaking trips down calm currents during the day and at night, often teaching participants how to fish for rainbow trout and bass. They also lead nature hikes along the shore, where groups can see wildlife and native plants during bird-watching, animal-tracking, plant-identification, and scavenger-hunt excursions. Their outdoor-school programs reflect their dedication to conservation by teaching hands-on activities, exploration, and critical-thinking exercises for budding stewards. They also provide scholarships in canoe and kayak training, as well as fish crowd-control training, for visitors 10?18 years old. To get visitors of all ages interested in water and habitat conservation, they lead year-round river channel and shoreline cleanup projects on foot or in canoes.
The ElectroDash's organizers score their 5K night runs with the most appropriate soundtrack: electronic dance music. The pulsing beats, which can be heard at runs throughout Canada and the United States, attract runners to tackle the neon-light illuminated course. On the track, a slew of light displays, lasers, fog tunnels, projected images and black lights highlight competitors' eye-dazzling accessories, including neon duds, glow-in-the-dark glasses, and water bottles filled with an excited anglerfish. Though the ElectorDash's main mission is fun, it also champions giving back to the community by donating a portions of the proceeds to support a local charity.
Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.
Run by friendly staffers with 10 years of industry experience, Red TAAG Paintball 4 U gathers marksmen for rounds of play at its indoor and outdoor facility. Gear experts stock the on-site armory with weapons, paintballs, CO2, and compressed air, outfitting players with rentals before dispatching them to the battleground. Speckling the territory, obstacles such as cars, walls, fences, and sinkholes into alternate dimensions add variety to each round of scenario or tactical play. Referees and sentient clouds keep careful watch throughout each session, ensuring fair play and safety.
SkyWalk's murals depict people soaring, which mirrors the people below who spring to and fro from wall-to-wall trampolines. Across 7,000 square feet of custom steel-frame trampolines, active visitors flip and twirl their way to fitness. At the foam pits they perform acrobatic feats that end in a safe, cushioned fall, whereas games of trampoline dodge ball erupt in a flurry of flung orbs within the caged-off arena. Exercisers can also add SkyFit to their regimen?a workout led by a pro trainer designed to strengthen legs and abs.
The creators of the The Colorful 5K use the term ?run? very loosely. Less of a race, and more a celebration of the human spirit, The Colorful 5K encourages participants to dash, dance, prance, skip, cartwheel, or walk the course as they douse each other in vibrant hues that span the full spectrum. Each run also donates a portion of proceeds to a local charity, which range from Special Olympics affiliates and scholarship funds to city cleanup and beautification projects.