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The inspiring trainers with MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Fun sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment ideal for both beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use your instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Since the pass sets a five-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimen by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

3115 Penn Avenue North
Minneapolis,
MN
US

The Mud Games, an exceptionally muddy merger of obstacles and distance, challenges participants of all ages and fitness levels to eschew traditional races in favor of a down-and-dirty good time. At the start of each heat, 200 runners hurl themselves into 3.1- or 1.5-mile courses strewn with sloppy bogs, rope webs, walls, and a mud slide. To keep racers on even terms, the organizers have sprinkled in a handful of mystery obstacles, which may include anything from waist-high water trenches to nephews who need help with their algebra homework. Prizes are awarded for the top three male and female finishers.

But the race isn't just for the sake of getting dirty. It was also started for charitable reasons: the majority of the proceeds go to the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, with additional funding given to the Minnesota Heat youth basketball association. Interested runners can register as individuals or teams, and friends and family are encouraged to come out as spectators and cheer them on.

Metro Gun Club
Blaine,
MN
US

Twin Cities Jogging Tours invites explorers to tighten their laces and hit the pavement on a variety of different adventures around Minneapolis and St. Paul. Devised for those who have grown tired of seeing landmarks through the windows of a bus or spaceship, guides map out treks around the Twin Cities that range from three to six miles. On each, groups lope past world-renowned attractions, historic monuments, and picturesque views of the region's waterways and skylines. Participants can choose from TCJT's pre-designed tours, or they can carve out their own route. Either way, they're sure to see the cities from a different angle while also exemplifying the area's active culture.

Peavey Plaza
Minneapolis,
MN
US

During Race & Seek, an extra phone battery in your pocket could easily be worth thousands of dollars. The urban scavenger hunt sends teams of 2?10 out into city streets in search of 14 clues, which they must capture via photo or video with their smart phones. The first-prize winners haul in some serious bounty: $500 and free entry into the Grand Championship, where $5,000 waits at the finish line.

But a slew of physical and mental challenges stand in the way of that money. Harder and harder clues come in via text and email, and as participants decipher them, they must navigate the city largely on foot?no cars, bikes, taxis, or griffins are allowed?with the aid of GPS and a city map.

600 North 1st Avenue
Minneapolis,
MN
US

On Valentine's Day weekend, more than a dozen cities across the world band together to support the Children's Tumor Foundation during Cupid's Undie Run. Whether they live in sunny Australia or the chilly American Midwest, participants strip down to their underwear for an approximately 1.5-mile race, propelled toward the finish line by a charitable spirit and the fear that Cupid will reprimand non-runners with poison-ivy-tipped arrows. Runners have a chance to win MP3 players, free drinks, and romantic getaways, and 100% of funds raised benefit the Children's Tumor Foundation.

10 S 5th St
Minneapolis,
MN
US

Nonprofit and nonpartisan, Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF) celebrates members of the armed services by providing cash grants to soldiers currently deployed in combat zones as well as to the families of those who have been killed in combat. To date, the organization has provided over $9 million in grants to more than 14,500 recipients. MMAF also holds events throughout the year, including an annual Say Thanks Day that lets members of the community run races to demonstrate their support.

Fort Snelling
Minneapolis,
MN
US