The tough-as-nails ladies in the Mad Rollin' Dolls roller-derby league wow audiences with equal parts strength, speed, and glitter. Since their first season in 2005, skaters and MRD volunteers alike have donated their blood, sweat, and tears to the sport that promotes female athleticism and team spirit in a fun, competitive atmosphere. During the 30-minute bouts, fans cheer and sneer as the jammers attempt to lap the opposing team for points, and the blockers clear the way for their mates while putting the hurt on those who try to stop them. The season's schedule culminates in a championship match, in which the two mightiest teams battle for the title and a lifetime supply of solid-gold mouth guards.
Since the team is committed to supporting their community, a portion of the proceeds from each Mad Rollin' Dolls bout goes to various charities, which in the past have included Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, Alliance for Animals, and Badger Childhood Cancer Network.
All of Badgerland Bowling Centers' six locations have a lot in common. At each location, groups hurtle colorful balls down slick, glossy lanes, refueling at an onsite restaurant between matches. All of the alleys host birthday, work, and fundraising parties and tournaments such as the Badgerland Bowling 300 Club—which has doled out more than $35,000 in cash prizes since 2002—and the Badgerland Open, which welcomed 113 competitors in 2011, one of whom snagged a grand prize of $500 and 1,000 bragging rights.
But like sextuplets working undercover for the CIA, each center also maintains a unique identity. At Badger Bowl in Madison, live musicfloods the lanes on weekends, and dancers jump and jive on West Coast Swing nights on Wednesday. Nearby at Dream Lanes, laser and disco lights slice through fog amid thundering music during Ultra Bowling every Friday and Saturday evening.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in kinesiology exercise science, ACE-certified trainer and Fit Fun Bootcamps founder Dustin Maher designed MamaTone Fitness to help moms vanquish weight gain after childbirth. Inspired by his own mother—who cooked his siblings and him healthful meals but rarely had enough time to exercise—Maher strives to imbue his clients with the motivation to do both. Whether training new moms, moms-to-be, dads who had moms, or curiously fast sons whose moms found them in the middle of a Kansas corn field climbing out of a spaceship, his group classes and boot camps immerse participants in a full-body workout with moral support from neighboring exercisers.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 1,800 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Just outside the capitol city, Madison Magazine brings fine dining into the fresh air at Aldo Leopold Nature Center with the Signature Taste Guests can dive into sausages, cheeses, and beers from such diners as Brat und Brau, Lumani's Sausages, Holland's Family Cheese, and Next Door Brewing Co. And for dessert, visitors can enjoy Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier, Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery, and ice cream from Sassy Cow Creamery. All the while, Grammy-nominated blues outfit Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo break hearts with howling vocals and precision fretwork.
Dressed in an array of colorful costumes, Haunted Hustle participants speed through the crisp fall air, encountering residential roads, tree-canopied scenic routes, and more than enough hills. Participants are encouraged to be creative in their attire as they trot through and around Middleton on routes ranging from 6.2 to 26.2 miles, allowing spectators to see such unusual sights as a vampire being chased by the Fonz.
Marathoners looking to qualify for the Boston Marathon can and probably should fly solo, and those participating for leisure can jog in similarly costumed groups. The 10K Stroller Derby, meanwhile, invites parents to push strollers with their kids or hidden jetpacks in tow. After passing such local sights as Pheasant Branch Conservancy and Capitol View Road, runners return to downtown Middleton to cross the finish line, claim their participant medal, and sip a cold beer in a heated tent, waiting for cash prizes to be awarded for the Best Costume contest.