The Great Bull Run brings the thrill of Pamplona's historic event to cities across the United States. Modeled after the Running of the Bulls, this one-day event enables participants to race live bulls, keeping one step ahead of the charging animals to finally prove that toes are better for running than hooves. While the historic Pamplona event has had few serious injuries in its 102 years of existence, The Great Bull Run staff takes even more precautions to ensure runners stay smiling from beginning to end. Additionally, the bulls are given the full respect they deserve, and are not antagonized or harmed before, during, or after the run.
Following the race, runners and newcomers can gather together for a good old-fashioned food fight. Tomato Royale arms entrants with juicy fruit that they can fling at each other. Additional post-run activities include an after-party, live entertainment, and games as well as food and beverages.
At Jones Dance Ballroom Studios, dancers of all skill levels teach their bodies to spin, shake, and shiver with the self-expressing movements of multiple dance styles, including tango, foxtrot, salsa, samba, West Coast swing, paso doble, merengue, and beyond. Up-and-coming motion maestros can begin their journey to stardom and dancing with a private lesson (a $75 value). During the 50-minute twinkle-toe tutorial, a skilled, supportive instructor will work one-on-one with you and carefully teach your feet how to woo the haughty ground with the stately swirls of a Viennese waltz, the dazzling blur of the quickstep, or the swiveling bobble-hips of the cha-cha. Once they've learned how to light up the dance floor with controlled-burn fires, students can showcase their sizzling steps to new dance partners during four 50-minute group classes (a $15 value each; check the calendar for more information about specific classes and times).
Aqua-Tots Swim School trains and encourages swimmers in the art of buoyancy through its array of services, specializing in instructing those aged 6 months–12 years in small groups. Instructors boast national certification, completing 32 hours in the company’s Lessons for Life training program and successfully completing the Water Safety Instructor exam.
Children are placed in one of eight class levels, from Tadpoles (6 months–18 months), which acquaints infants with the pool, to Stingrays, which is for children who have more experience and want to refine their strokes and one day sting a jellyfish. Each individual class contains no more than four students training under the watchful eye of the instructor in a climate-controlled indoor pool. In addition to the children’s program, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools also leads adult swim classes and provides training for both swim competition and first aid.
Children under age 10 are free with parents and those ages 10–15 are $15 with their parents. From its riverside perch, the Do Da Jam Festival embraces the converging worlds of art and entertainment with myriad musical acts, artisan vendors, and Earth Day celebrations spread over a five-day shindig geared toward youngsters and adults alike. The event boasts four stages showcasing more than 50 bands, from the soulful tunes of Sol Driven Train to the soaring jazz crescendos and outer-space high-fiving of Miles from Earth. The tune-packed schedule lets rhythm fans bop to late-morning sets or middle-of-the-night concerts. Retreat to your camping space in between sets to refuel or create your own percussion band out of tent poles. Free artesian-well water is available throughout the weekend, as are family-friendly activities including river tubing, bonfires, and crashing other families' portrait sessions.
The superstars of Spike TV’s Impact Wrestling will string clotheslines across the in a night of mayhem that features the inimitable Sting, Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle, and a host of other head-butting heavyweights. Broadcast in more than 100 countries worldwide, the hit show prepares for another season of muscular tectonics by filming two upcoming episodes in front of a live audience. In more than three hours of entertainment, spandex tights will dance across the camera lens in a kaleidoscopic array as fans lend their support in the form of metal chairs and slippery banana peels. While the esteemed Mr. Anderson conducts cranium impact tests with scientific exactitude, multi-time champion Rob Van Dam bewilders his opponents with a dizzying array of martial arts and mat skills. Thankfully, the TNA Knockouts will be on hand to supplement the bruising with a lethal dose of beauty.
Go Hard Bootcamp pushes participants toward personal wellness with a curriculum rooted in strength training and cardiovascular endurance. The indoor and outdoor classes cater to all fitness levels, inviting both bodybuilders and sofa security guards to benefit from the instruction. Under the encouraging guidance of the boot camp’s trainers, exercisers aim to oust fat and replace it with lean, toned muscle mass and boosted self-esteem. Go Hard Bootcamp clients also benefit from the camaraderie of exercising with fellow health-seekers, as they perform the tough routines and occasionally burst into four-part harmonies of “Eye of the Tiger.”