The Glo Run?s 5K fun run event always takes place at night, but it doesn?t seem like it. The course is lined with black lights and lasers, and runners sport glow-in-the-dark gear from t-shirts to sunglasses. On-course DJs add to the festivities, blasting tunes as the untimed participants run, walk, or dance to the finish line. Even more DJs await them there at the glow-in-the-dark after party, which lights up the night better than a raccoon that's swallowed a flashlight.
Sweat mingles with sawdust, mud, and maybe even a few tears of laughter at Forge Through Hell's obstacle races. They aren't timed, but that says nothing about the challenge the courses pose to participants' mental and physical endurance. Military-style obstacles require runners to plunge through mud and water, crawl across wooden arbors and scale angled walls, and even run through fire while covered in delicious marshmallows. After each wave of 20?50 runners completes the course, they head to a post-run party to recuperate with live music and beer.
On August 17, Kensington Metropark will play host to a horde of salty dogs competing in The Pirate Run. A nautically-themed obstacle course, the event invites competitors to don kerchiefs, corsets, and eye patches and compete under the banner of the Jolly Roger. The race features five kilometers of pirate-worthy challenges such as the Abandon Ship wall-climb, the frisbee-focused Gold Doubloon Toss, and the Defeat Jack Sparrow pirate shooting gallery, where they can take down buccaneers and ne'er-do-wells with tennis balls and Victorian insults. And the obligatory plank-walking obstacle adds a few twists to the classic scenario by requiring the cooperation of teammates, or at least a recently conscripted crew, to overcome it.
At the finish line, organizers hand out best-dressed prizes to pirates and wenches, as well as an award for most creative team name. Awards are doled out at the after party, which features live music, a Talk Like a Pirate Contest, and beverages over which runners can recount the harrowing tales of their race.
Since 2001, Stroller Strides’ fitness professionals and buggy-bandying workouts have helped new mothers to overcome the struggles of staying in shape while caring for a wee one. Specially trained instructors helm a series of 60-minute classes, which consist of a warm-up, a power walk, and interval stations where limbs stretch resistance tubes in body-toning drills. Energizing jaunts often utilize hills, benches, and other environmental facets to augment maneuvers. Throughout the routine, engaging songs and activities keep children from growing overly fussy or pranking classmates by tossing banana peels in front of their buggies.
The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds 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. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.