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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.
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Berryton,
KS
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When Tracey Passantino's sister became a victim of domestic violence, Passantino was spurred to action?first, of course, to support her sister and nieces, but then to advocate for any families affected by domestic violence. Partnering with women's racecar-driver organization Race4Girls, the organization Race4 Domestic Violence Prevention has raised funds and awareness with events ranging from VIP receptions with pro drivers to an annual 5K
PO Box 158
Lee'S Summit,
MO
US
Like a job as a mattress salesman, the PJ5K pajama-themed 5K race is on its face just an opportunity for people to wear pajamas outside of their homes and feel accepted by society. But in reality, it's so much more than that. It's a chance for participants to help Haiti. The race partners with the Global Orphan Project?an orphan care ministry intent on preventing orphanhood in Haiti and boosting Haiti's economy with its GO Exchange initiative. During the race, people of all ages don pajamas and compete in 5K and Junior Jammie runs, which range from 50 yards to a quarter mile. Runners will receive a bag of Haitian coffee, a GO T-shirt, and a discount on GO pajama pants, the proceeds of which will feed one Haitian child for a month. On top of everything, general proceeds from the day's events will also go toward the ministry's noble projects.
12501 West 137th Street
Overland Park,
KS
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At iRISE Performance, no two workouts ever have to be identical. Bootcamps and group classes spice up routines to add a social element to exercise, and rows of cardio equipment and weights allow individuals to progress at their own pace. But then the gym branches out beyond the expected. Two high-school-regulation basketball courts and one college-regulation court prompt pickup games before players step up to three powerlifting platforms to test their resolve. And anyone seeking to infuse their routine with functional-fitness moves can have a heyday in the turf room, where sleds, sandbags, a battling rope, and TRX equipment engage the core. iRise Performance steps outside the gym too for a more holistic look at well-being. A fully functioning kitchen hosts cooking demonstrations and nutrition classes to help clients rethink their diet. And iRise also keeps exercisers from making up excuses or forging doctors notes for their trainers by giving them something precious: time. An onsite childcare room watches tots while parents and guardians blast their bodies in the gym.
21957 West 83rd Street
Shawnee,
KS
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Stars from actress Elise Neal to hair blogger Cherice Richmond have graced the cover of Midwest Black Hair Magazine, whose pages brim with tips on all types of black hair. Readers with tresses ranging from natural curls to relaxed strands glean practical info from Q&As with experts stylists, savvy debunkings of haircare myths, and listings of Midwest salons that will cater to clients' hair needs.
7710 Renner Rd.
Shawnee,
KS
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Generally, adulthood forces people to give up childish pleasure, robbing them of the joy associated with playing in puddles, unearthing hidden treasure, and being silly in public. Sierra Adventure Sports wants grownups to regress, if only for a day. In service of that goal, the company organizes a variety of novel races that range from city scavenger hunts for the casual adventurer to creative triathlon courses for the ambitious athlete. Scavenger Blitz, for instance, turns exploring one's city into a fun, fast-paced race scattered with clues, obstacle courses, and riddles. Racers in teams of at least two scour the urban jungle in search of 12 clues, which can include challenges, riddles, or orders that need be completed before crossing the finish line. Some send racers hunting for a snapshot in front of a landmark, whereas others challenge them to complete some special feat, such as conquering an obstacle course on stilts. The Mad Mud Run challenges participants to sprint and frolic through a dirty and deliciously fun outdoor obstacle course littered with manmade obstructions such as cargo nets, hills of hay bales, monkey bars, and slimy mud pits. Extreme Heat Adventure Races combine equal parts triathlon and scavenger hunt to create a 10?12K journey filled with running, river rafting, and mystery challenges that could pit teams against anything from blindfolded puzzles to wall climbs. Most Sierra Adventure Sports events encourage racers to compete in costumes of all types save for gremlins, which multiply in water and unfairly dominate the timed results.
Johnny's Tavern
Kansas City,
MO
US
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