The ElectroDash's organizers score their 5K night runs with the most appropriate soundtrack: electronic dance music. The pulsing beats, which can be heard at runs throughout Canada and the United States, attract runners to tackle the neon-light illuminated course. On the track, a slew of light displays, lasers, fog tunnels, projected images and black lights highlight competitors' eye-dazzling accessories, including neon duds, glow-in-the-dark glasses, and water bottles filled with an excited anglerfish. Though the ElectorDash's main mission is fun, it also champions giving back to the community by donating a portions of the
proceeds to support a local charity.
Pound the Pavement for Parenthood brings awareness?and hope?to people who are struggling with infertility. Its staff coordinates fundraising events across the country, ranging from golf tournaments to 5K and 10K marathons. These events often sponsor specific people or couples who want to add to their families, helping them to pay for methods such as adoption or in vitro fertilization. Since its formation in 2010, the non-profit organization has assisted in bringing more than a dozen babies into the world.
Cotopaxi is an outdoor gear and apparel company, but it's actually much more than that. The natural world is the company's lifeblood, and they show their appreciation by giving back to charities and humanitarian efforts whenever possible. In fact, every piece of Cotopaxi gear is tied to a humanitarian cause in one of the poorest regions of the world. Another way Cotopaxi gives back is a bit less conventional, but quite effective in its own way. It's called the Questival, and it's unlike any other event in the world.
The Cotopaxi Questival packs adventure, zaniness, and music into a 24-hour outdoor race event that benefits charity. Teams must choose from a list of quirky challenges that fall under categories such as hiking, service, camping, eating, and social media-ing; each successfully completed challenge wins cash for charity and humanitarian trips. A panel of judges that includes outdoor experts, environmental advocates, and business innovators is on hand to evaluate each team's performance and award them points based on their accomplishments. The fun doesn't stop when the race is over, though. The Questival culminates in a free concert for everyone, where winners can relax after a long day and recount stories of all the grizzly bears they beat at chess.
Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
In olden days, people showed off their strength by jousting or flexing their mustaches. But at Maverik Man Games, both men and women prove their mettle with less violent feats of strength, such as launching a fellow teammate from a giant slingshot. Designed for individuals as well as teams, the competition encompasses up to 10 challenges, which range from showcasing your basketball-shooting skills to wrestling pigs into a barrel. Along with its land-bound activities, Maverik Man Games includes a variety of aqua-centric events, such as a giant rope swing and human slingshot.
Held over two days, the eccentric decathlon takes about two to three total hours to complete. Participants that place in the top three overall or for each challenge are rewarded with cash and prizes. And, all participants are likewise rewarded at the end of the circuit with tasty food, and live music.
She Runs coordinates ladies-only races across the country, and provides weekend getaways that strike a healthy balance between fitness and relaxation. The organization's events send participants galloping across scenic courses, helping women from all walks of life unite whether or not they sing the bunny song when lacing up their running shoes. More than just a one-time endurance test, She Runs folds relaxing vacations inside retreats that are combined with group fitness classes, lectures from experts, and personalized coaching leading up to race day. A portion of each event's proceeds get poured into She Runs' mission of snuffing out diabetes.