Mud. Mud everywhere. That's what awaits participants in the April Fool’s Challenge. The race stretches across more than four miles of obstacles, forcing runners to scale walls and pass through the frigid waters of Deer Creek. After finishing their muddy trek, runners arrive back at the starting point, Founders Field, home of Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby. Here, they can take a much-needed shower, wind down at the afterparty, and celebrate the fact that they've just done a bit of good—proceeds from the challenge benefit the Pittsburgh Harlequins Youth Rugby Mentoring Program, which uses rugby to teach underprivileged youth accountability, responsibility, and teamwork.
Sorin Achim is a master of robotics. After gaining a degree in electrical engineering from the Romanian Department of Defense, he served as a robotics research engineer at Carnegie Mellon University and received the Allen Newell Award for Research Excellence for his contributions to the design of mobile robots.
With these accomplishments in hand, Achim founded Instant Robotics with one mission—"to translate robotics language into plain English." He teaches adults how to implement robotics into a variety of fields ranging from industry to the military. His advice touches on using medical automated systems in health care, blending robots with artistic media, preventing the robots from taking control, and engaging with robotics as a teaching tool in schools.
For a more hands-on environment, Instant Robotics' summer camps bring robotics lessons to children. In one-week sessions, students can build their own robots or create their own animated films using Legos. The camps conclude with a mini movie festival or a robotic battle for the last can of WD-40.
The Nesbit family has run its namesake bowling alley for more than 65 years, welcoming generations of customers into its friendly environment. Eight lanes of lightly stained wood welcome casual bowlers or committed summer league competition, and the lane's gray alleys accommodate bumpers for novice bowlers or bumper-car drivers gone off course.
The Nesbits also use their business to bring people together for community fundraising events, as well as their annual, hotly contested Nesbit's Lanes Open. The 30-year-old tourney puts combatants through a treacherous gauntlet of qualifiers, match play, and finals as they vie for a cash prize.
Though they welcome clients of all ages into their fitness facility, Fouad “Fred” Jaroudi and his staff at Community Health Center specialize in exercise for ages 35 and older using the second floor’s passive workout machines. Downstairs, younger visitors hook up their music while using more-intensive weight machines, treadmills, and free weights along with a punching bag and speed bag.