A climber dangles from his belay rope, punching his fists into the air victoriously after reaching the top of the wall. At Climb Time Indy, more than 8,500 square feet of indoor climbing space host 4,000 different holds, giving the walls the colorful appearance of the bench where giants dispose of unwanted chewing gum. The climbing routes are changed regularly by meticulous and experienced climbers, granting regulars new challenges every week. Kids can join in the fun and learn the ropes with coaching during weekly club meetings; private lessons help more mature scalers brush up on skills.
For this 5K race, a normally tame park or other venue is transformed into Mean Streets, an urban-themed obstacle course. In the Construction Zone, participants navigate over and under traffic barriers of different heights followed by a dive into a trash-filled dumpster. After bypassing the dumpster zone, runners test their stamina as cat burglars, scrambling through first-floor windows and trespassing through backyards. They barely touch ground before scaling upward once again on the Time-to-Climb portion of the course, which features a Jason Bourne-esque run across the rooftops. Finally, contestants climb out a window and onto the fire escape, swinging across an 8-foot ladder to reach the finish.
The pits of slime could be anywhere. They potentially wait behind all 30 obstacles along the SlimeAthalon Charity Obstacle Race. Runners need not worry, however—the slime is nontoxic and hypoallergenic. More importantly, it's a lighthearted way to break up the 5K race, which challenges participants of all levels to navigate suspended tunnels and crawl under hurdles. Ample rewards await finishers, including complimentary beers and an after-party. Of course, all of the slime and celebration is for a good cause. The event raises funds for local charities such as Cure for Cancers.
Though it's an airy indoor facility, The Crag Indoor Rock Climbing gym gleans its name from the jagged outdoor cliffs that climbing enthusiasts often strive to summit. Designed by a respected indoor rock-wall builder, The Crag safely recreates the excitement of inching up a punishing rock formation. However, not every wall at the facility is so challenging. It's frequently populated by skilled youth climbers and kids as young as 8. The younger climbers at The Crag often become adept through joining the youth climbing team, or by attending the gym's skill-building summer camp, where campers learn to scale walls by practicing belaying, top roping, and stealing Batman's utility belt. The facility's designer also kept adults and seasoned practitioners in mind by creating more than 100 routes that range in difficulty from beginner to more advanced.
When autumn falls, Killbuck Trails transforms into a weekend haven for crisp thrills and nostalgic family fun. The one-mile hayride rambles over dirt trails as parents recount the autumnal activities of their childhood, recreated in amusements such as the mini maze, face-in-the-hole, and the rotary-dial-telephone station. Groupon customers can head to the vast pumpkin patch and pick out two 10-pound spheres to take home, or hunt for the elusive giant pumpkin for an additional $0.50 per pound. A $20 credit grants access to rides and activities including bounce houses, apple launching, sledgehammer-fueled pumpkin destruction, and quietly listening to the Smashing Pumpkins on headphones.
White River Zip Line believes that the best view is a bird's-eye view. So its team of adventurers send people sailing over woods and farmland on ziplines that crisscross over Sugar Fork Creek. The arena contains a total of seven zip lines and three sky bridges to help people traverse the whole canopy on a course that reaches 75 feet high and stretches more than a mile. Three of the park's ziplines will be dual racing lines so friends can go head-to-head and finally settle who screams the loudest.