A community presence in Kansas City since 1860, the Greater Kansas City YMCA forwards its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages and backgrounds at its 18 locations. Each bustling outpost proffers members an embarrassment of fitness and entertainment riches, with everything from youth camps and after-school programs to group exercise classes, such as cycling, core training, and Pilates. Clubs and social organizations help members meet like-minded friends, and family activities strengthen bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly.
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Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: High Performance Driving
Pro Tip: Come prepared to learn new driving skills and push yourself on the track
What makes your business stand out?
We are the only organization offering a novice entry, time trial, and wheel-to-wheel racing at every event. Drivers learn with us, and can advance all the way to a Competition license all in one place. In fact, that is our primary objective—teaching drivers how to have the most fun in their cars at whatever level they are comfortable with.
What inspired the owner to start or run this business?
A passion for motorsports.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have parties on Saturday evening at all events.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
It is not uncommon to hear them say "this is the most fun I have every had."
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Watching drivers move up through the system and obtain a Competition license.
Snap Fitness accommodates busy schedules by keeping its well-equipped gym open 24 hours. No matter what the time of day, clients can pop in to burn calories on cardio equipment or to hone their physiques with free weights and weight machines.
There are also dynamic group classes available that include boot camps and Richard Simmons–impersonation lessons. Members can also take advantage of the fitness center's comfortable and breezy workout apparel.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Since 2009, the Kansas City Dirty Duo race has helped parlay mud into money for charity. Stretched across mostly flat terrain inside Kansas Speedway, the race sends teams of two biking and running around a course nearly six miles in length. Mystery obstacles add an extra challenge to each mile, and right before the finish line, there’s a massive 40-foot mud pit where teams can to play gloopy games of Marco Polo before completing the race. Kids as young as five years old can get in on the dirty dashing, too, by joining the one-mile Dirty Duo Jr. race. Once everyone has crossed their respective finish lines, the festivities continue with a post-race celebration featuring music, food, and cold refreshments.