Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to more than 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams?composed of at least two people?vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race?style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.
The first boxing program of its kind in the country, Rock Steady Boxing unites people with Parkinson's disease through noncontact-boxing fitness programs. Upon diagnosis, doctors often encourage individuals with Parkinson's to start exercising. However, due to noticeable symptoms of the disease such as tremors, balance difficulties, and softened voices, many individuals with Parkinson’s avoid traditional fitness centers. At Rock Steady Boxing, they can exercise safely, surrounded by peers who are also fighting the disease. Four different levels of classes correspond to the severity of symptoms, which could range from people with recent diagnoses to those using wheelchairs and walkers. Certified coaches lead participants through boxing regimens tailored to the individual's abilities and health concerns, and classes teach the fundamentals of boxing through noncontact workouts designed to boost overall fitness and well-being.
After donning absurd costumes and slathering on ample amounts of wet earth, runners at the 5K Disaster Dash take on an exhilarating series of mud-slickened obstacles. Waves of runners are released onto the course every 30 minutes to dance between spare tires, slide down mudslides, and crawl through mud bogs. Climbing walls, rope ladders, and balance beams also await, intimidating runners with treacherous names including Tornado Alley, Crater Climb, and Hail Storm. After making it through the course, runners enjoy a post-race party with beer, food, and music at the Survivor's Saloon.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis, whose volunteers often rush through harsh, dirty conditions of their own to deliver food, clothing, shelter, and comfort to those in need.
Project Home Indy (PHI) provides a long-term residence for young mothers with individual case management and programming designed to help each person transition to self-sufficiency. The residence can house five young women aged 15–19 who are pregnant or parenting young children for up to two years at a time. During their stays, they complete secondary education and engage in courses on parenting and life skills, such as contraception, technology, and economic literacy. Project Home Indy also provides health care for mothers and children including pediatric care, substance-abuse treatment, and mental-health services. Each young mother can determine the amount and intensity of the services she requires from the program, while gathering the tools to support herself and her child.
Great Harvest Food Pantry gathers and prepares food for more than 500 families from the Indianapolis area every month. The volunteer staff members stock an inventory of donated items and purchase additional food from a local food bank. When families arrive seeking food, they can sign in and move through the pantry with a volunteer, selecting the produce and grocery items they need. The volunteers help carry bags and boxes to clients' vehicles and see them off. Teams also conduct food drives and community giveaways around the city, and deliver food to people who cannot leave their homes or are living on the streets. Great Harvest Food Pantry does not turn away any families who request food, and serves people from a variety of economic and linguistic backgrounds.
The John H. Boner Community Center was founded in 1971 with just a card table and two folding chairs in an office on East 10th Street. Since then, the full service, non-profit fitness center has grown, becoming a beloved presence with services designed to help neighbors achieve a better quality of life. Its programs provide tools for growth, including adult day services, financial coaching, and afterschool education. The attached Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center was formed in 2010 to sponsor a range of fitness classes, using goods donated from local organizations. The fitness facility offers free fitness assessments, free group fitness classes, and features a gymnasium, a range of cardiovascular equipment, as well as strength machines and free weights.