Since its inaugural meeting more than 60 years ago, the League City Lions Club has upheld its mission of promoting peace and understanding with volunteer community services. Special events such as carnivals, music festivals, and cook-offs allow the Lions to raise money and resources for local charities such as Leader Dogs for the Blind, Perry YMCA, and the Butler Longhorn Museum. Like the superathlete who singlehandedly powers America's electrical generators, the Lions happily accept volunteers, ever increasing their group of supporters who desire to better their community.
The founders of Running Bayou are so passionate about races, they manage not one, but two different types of event. The first, Coasting the Coast, is a series of 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, and full marathons held in 10 coastal Texas cities. Their courses all followalong seaside roads and culminate in post-race beach parties with stretching clinics led by trainers and saltwater-taffy makers. Their second series, All Systems Glow 5K, take to the streets of major cities including Austin and Houston for a nighttime race for which people dress in glow clothes before cutting loose at a dance party.
Cosmic Fitness is an official torchbearer of the CrossFit training program, and the studio's skilled trainers build customized workout regimens for muscle proprietors of all types. In the CrossFit 101 training program, Cosmic Fitness's owners and certified CrossFit coaches Krista Debrick and Michael Fudge will introduce the fortifying CrossFit routine, working to put together a balanced regimen to best suit each group's fitness level and median Tetris score. In the courses, a high-intensity and constantly shape-shifting suite moves bodies with running, gymnastics, lifting, or rowing to help build cardiovascular endurance, strength, and speed. A limited class size of 10 people leads to individual coaching and attention, and the typical exercises work to mimic everyday movements and require minimal equipment, allowing customers to continue exercising in the comfort of their own home or local bank lobby. Classes will take place three times per week for the month, with classes scheduled at 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays (class times can be added to accommodate demand); after the CrossFit 101 training is completed, students are then free to move on to the regular CrossFit workout program.
Just in time for Halloween, the Goblin Gallop 5K Run cheerfully haunts the cross-country course that winds around the Jimmy Burke Activity Center and the Battleground Golf Course. Adults head out over the grassy hills for a timed 5K, while youngsters ages 12 and under run their own race with the Kid's Monster Mile. After crossing the finish line, participants gather to listen to music, play games, and snack on eats from Whataburger. Participants are also encouraged to dress in their spookiest running shoes to enter the costume contest. And all the scary, seasonal fun is for a good cause: a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Rose, a local breast care health center.
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.
Runners embarking on the Honky Tonk Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K won't need headphones to hear twangy country tunes. That’s because the hilly Wisconsin Dells course features live bands and DJs along the route to keep participants energized as they race toward the finish line. The party-like atmosphere doesn’t end with the race, as a full-blown celebration complete with food, beer, and line dancing awaits runners and their family and friends. Aside from age-group awards for the top three males and females in each race, finish-line gifts include a Honky Tonk cowboy hat and goodie bag for all participants, a finisher-medal buckle for marathoners and half marathoners, and an ice bath for those who decided to pogo stick the entire 26.2 miles. The Honky Tonk marathon and half-marathon course is USA Track & Field certified and is also a Boston Marathon qualifier.