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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
US
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
US
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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Led by more than 1,000 wellness experts at locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee, the more than 30,000 members of Prairie Life Fitness have discovered why the company slogan is "Fitness for the Entire Family." The certified trainers and instructors cater to exercisers of various ages and abilities, all within an upscale, welcoming atmosphere. Kids take advantage of engaging childcare activities and youth programs, including swimming lessons, martial arts, and story time. Meanwhile, parents can workout on the latest equipment, including stationary cycles and Pilates machines. Guests can also relax with amenities such as massage therapy, tanning beds, and a whirlpool powered by wholesale bags of Pop Rocks.
13655 S Alden St
Olathe,
KS
US
On June 8, runners converge on Union Hill and the Martini Corner Entertainment District for a four-mile relay race through the streets of Kansas City. Divided into teams of four, each competitor carries a baton in their hand or mouth as they dash through a one-mile portion of the route before handing the stick off to the next teammate. Those who chart the best times will be recognized with post-race awards for the fastest men's, women's, co-ed, and corporate teams. After the race, the lure of live music emanates from nearby bars Velvet Dog and Martini Corner, where a post-race party welcomes runners to replenish with included drinks and socialize with fellow runners. Proceeds from the race will benefit Ozanam Guild, a 65-year-old institution that provides care and support for children and families in need. Since opening its doors in 1948, Ozanam Guild has helped more than 7,000 troubled children secure a better future through therapeutic care and academic assistance.
400 East 31st Street
Kansas City,
MO
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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.
400 Speedway Boulevard
Kansas City,
KS
US
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