From beginners to triathletes, YWCA Tulsa provides myriad fitness amenities to men and women alike. Members enjoy unlimited visits to a diverse menu of fitness classes, including yoga, barre, Zumba, and Pilates. Friendly instructors also take their jobs to the water, as students wade through free aquatics class in
a junior Olympic-sized pool. After fitness sessions that include access to fully-equipped cardio and weight rooms, visitors can freshen up in clean and expansive locker rooms. For an additional fee, members can also enjoy CrossFit classes or indulge in an on-site massage. Not to forget the young ones, youth swim lessons, swim teams, and free on-site child care are also available.
Color Me Rad is back and better than ever with its 2015 tour, staging 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch and a whole new GEL color. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities.
Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt and a pair of RAD knee-high socks, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Also, new for 2015, all runners will receive access to free professional digital photo downloads. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners who are 7 years old and younger can sprint for free, provided they have a waiver signed by a guardian and won't give in to demands for gold from confused leprechauns.
Face the Flame is no ordinary 5K—and not just because it ends with a daring leap through a ring of fire. Instead, the race is all-out obstacle course spread over 76 acres. Racers commence with an invigorating lunge into a dumpster before setting off to traverse uneven stone ramparts, crawl through muck-filled pipes, and scale the steep incline of a dry creek bed. Race heats set out every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., but heats are not grouped according to speed, ability, or the quality of your barbaric yawp. Proceeds from the race benefit Camp Fire, which serves up to 3,500 at-risk youth each year through extracurricular and summer programming.
In Tulsa, the 5K Moustache Dash jump starts the month of Movember, when men around the world let their facial freak flags fly to promote men's-health awareness. What began only nine years ago as a fashionable pact among 30 Australian “mo bros” has blossomed in to a global movement more than 850,000 members strong. Their annual funds raised have nearly doubled every year since 2008, reaching $126.3 million in 2011 in support of prostate- and testicular-cancer research and prevention.
Quick—what are the colors of a rainbow? If you hesitated in answering that question, participating in an all-ages Gnarly Neon 5K could provide you with a wearable cheat sheet. During the race, spectators armed with nontoxic, washable powder make it rain blue, pink, yellow, green, and orange on runners as a live DJ pumps out high-energy beats. Each Gnarly Neon race raises money for charities like Children's Miracle Network and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The Neon Vibe combines eye-popping color with 5 kilometers of fun. Racers are encouraged to wear white and splash on powder from an included neon paint packet during the event, which is suited for walking or running. The course includes UV black-light zones and upbeat music to keep people glowing and dancing as they cross the finish line. An Aftervibe post-race party heightens the excitement as neon colors rain down.