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.
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.
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.
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.
During the Everybody's Irish 5K St. Patty's Day Run, it doesn't matter whether you've kissed the Blarney Stone, always wondered what a Blarney Stone is, or even grew up on Scottish side of the moon. The friendly morning race invites runners and walkers to start the holiday right with a timed jaunt around uptown's scenic Lake Calhoun. And the event does more than boost Celtic pride?it also benefits Children?s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.
Today's Groupon offers $7 for one-day admission to the Minneapolis Women's Expo, a trade show for women complete with entertainment, exhibitors, prizes, and guest speakers (a $15 value). The weekend affair takes place January 29–31 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.