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A serpentine path winding through a muddy field, the 5-mile course at MuckFest MS is designed to get runners as dirty as possible while also testing their endurance. More than 20 elaborate obstacles—including mud lakes, steel-constructed obstacles, crawls through muck, and rope ladders—further separate contestants from the finish line. Among the more grueling challenges are a two-story wall of connected ropes and a fireman's ladder whereupon competitors must slide down a 20-foot pole or else they turn into a dalmatian. Finishing times are tracked by in-bib chip timing, and both competitive and recreational runners are encouraged to participate. Runners can also band together to form fundraising teams, whose earnings benefit multiple sclerosis research and direct-support services for those living with MS.

13611 Normandy Boulevard
Jacksonville,
FL
US

What once inhabited a single room at Alachua General Hospital is now Haven Hospice, a network of compassionate individuals who provide end-of-life care to more than 700 patients in 18 counties. The staff tend to patients at their homes, in nursing homes, and in hospitals, and take on the delicate task of counseling family members who are coping with grief. To support their efforts, Haven Hospice welcomes volunteers to provide companionship for patients and sponsors 5K runs, the proceeds of which benefit the patients and families it serves.

455 Park Avenue
Orange Park,
FL
US

The Color and Glow Run could just as easily be called the Color and Glow Walk, or the Color and Glow Dance. It?s not important how fast racers finish the 5K course, what?s important is what those runners wear. As long as they sport a white T-shirt, they can enjoy a colorful or glow-in-the-dark makeover at the hands of the race?s volunteer crew.

1980 Breckenridge Boulevard
Middleburg,
FL
US

The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Fun sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core hardeners alike. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning caloric evidence with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Since the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimen by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

4040 Woodcock Drive
Jacksonville,
FL
US

Stroller Strides® is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors, it is a great workout for any level of exercis

13820 Old Saint Augustine Road
Jacksonville,
FL
US

Pulse Fitness Center is owned and operated under the direction of board-certified physicians who know that nutrition is as critical for good health as knowledgeable staff and the latest equipment technology. A team of personal trainers?which includes a former professional football player and a former physical readiness instructor for the U.S. Army?guides fitness seekers toward their personal goals. The team counsels students on dietary habits and points them to machines with the Smart Key digital memory system, which, like a robot butler who has been around since childhood, remembers guests' personal preferences and physical activities. The center's TechnoGym equipment entertains patrons with personal TVs at each station, and an overhead sound system keeps the 10,000-square-foot space pumping with free weights and FreeMotion equipment.

Guests can drop kids off for childcare before classes ranging from TRX suspension training to Zumba sessions with dance moves set to Latin-inspired music. Licensed professionals at the medically directed center provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy at the in-house Harland Rehabilitation Clinic.

9726 Touchton Rd
Jacksonville,
FL
US