There's no telling who you'll run into on the simply named Beer Crawl?past events have been attended by stormtroopers, cowboys, and even a brace of rarely spotted Waldos. Thanks to themed costume contests that run the gamut from neon '80s wear to masked superheroes, attendees of all stripes race or meander between trendy area venues. At each one, they enjoy free beer and drink specials as DJs spin popular tunes and supervise games such as Flip Cup or Figure Out What Channel the Game Is On. Participating bars include World of Beer, The Lodge, and MacDinton's, among many others.
Curves trades in competitive rows of workout equipment for a circle of hydraulic resistance machines designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. During 30-minute circuit classes, trainees form a convivial circle as they rotate from machine to machine, timed by a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music. Health-minded toe-tappers can attend eight classes of the new Curves Circuit with Zumba Fitness, which mixes Zumba dance moves with resistance exercises to create a muscle-toning combo that's almost as fun as your Jane Fonda salsercise tapes.
Pretty Muddy's founders designed their 5K obstacle course with a simple goal: to provide a stress-free opportunity for women to cut loose and have a blast in the mud with their friends. Women run or walk at their own pace, encountering low-pressure architectural obstacles along the way that are devoid of hay, splintering plywood, and axe-wielding trolls. The finishers sport post-race looks ranging from mud-drenched to only lightly splattered, depending on their course strategies.
Though the course architects designed obstacles to be fun, Pretty Muddy team members are stationed at each one to provide assistance, and obliging signs point out alternative routes for those who’d rather keep walking. The team often reminds participants that it isn’t about how many obstacles they surmount, but about sucking every drop of fun out of the experience.
At least two aid stations are present on every Pretty Muddy course to keep everyone well hydrated. After they finish, muddy ladies can compete for costume prizes, grab a drink and listen to the music, or free themselves of icky attire at onsite rinsing and changing stations.
A runner goes down, splashing in the wet mud. Bodies race by as he pushes himself off the ground and sprints to keep up. There are only a few more obstacles to go. He dashes through a series of tires. One two, one two. There is the finish line. He puts every last ounce of strength into his sprint and he crosses, a chip recording his time and friends ready to clap him on the back.
MudSlayers challenges runners to complete this feat on a regular basis. It organizes 5K races with more than 30 obstacles including sliding, climbing, and mud. The course is designed to test participants' strength, agility, and balance, but it should also be fun. Participants can go at their own pace, running to get the fastest time or walking up to each new obstacle with nothing driving them but their own endurance. After the race, participants can rinse off sweat and mud splatters in a shower and pose for photos at the finish line. A portion of the proceeds from the event goes to The Youth Alliance.
The Great Bull Run brings the thrill of Pamplona's historic event to cities across the United States. Modeled after the Running of the Bulls, this one-day event enables participants to race live bulls, keeping one step ahead of the charging animals to finally prove that toes are better for running than hooves. While the historic Pamplona event has had few serious injuries in its 102 years of existence, The Great Bull Run staff takes even more precautions to ensure runners stay smiling from beginning to end. Additionally, the bulls are given the full respect they deserve, and are not antagonized or harmed before, during, or after the run.
Following the race, runners and newcomers can gather together for a good old-fashioned food fight. Tomato Royale arms entrants with juicy fruit that they can fling at each other. Additional post-run activities include an after-party, live entertainment, and games as well as food and beverages.
Most 5Ks follow a familiar script: runners wind their way through simple, temporary courses designed out of necessity rather than creativity. Fortunately, The Mud Titan isn't most races, and its course isn't something to simply be endured. More than 30 obstacles await intrepid runners, incorporating climbs, slides, and crawls through mud that pit racers against the very ground they tread on. After challenging their endurance, strength, and threshold for dirty socks, winners of the Elite Waves are awarded with a custom engraved trophy, while those who participated in costumes are judged and awarded accordingly by audience members. Though the run rewards racers with exercise and bragging rights, those aren't the only things at stake; a portion of the proceeds help support The Youth Alliance, a non-profit organization that works with local communities to empower young people.