Since 2009, the Kansas City Dirty Duo race has helped parlay mud into money for charity. Stretched across mostly flat terrain inside Kansas Speedway, the race sends teams of two biking and running around a course nearly six miles in length. Mystery obstacles add an extra challenge to each mile, and right before the finish line, there’s a massive 40-foot mud pit where teams can to play gloopy games of Marco Polo before completing the race. Kids as young as five years old can get in on the dirty dashing, too, by joining the one-mile Dirty Duo Jr. race. Once everyone has crossed their respective finish lines, the festivities continue with a post-race celebration featuring music, food, and cold refreshments.
When Tracey Passantino's sister became a victim of domestic violence, Passantino was spurred to action?first, of course, to support her sister and nieces, but then to advocate for any families affected by domestic violence. Partnering with women's racecar-driver organization Race4Girls, the organization Race4 Domestic Violence Prevention has raised funds and awareness with events ranging from VIP receptions with pro drivers to an annual 5K
As night falls, participants in the noncompetitive Rave Run pull on neon T-shirts, don glow-in-the dark glasses, and stuff their pockets with glow sticks. Spectators look on as the throng of illuminated runners, which includes kids and adults, make their way through a 5-kilometer course that winds through city streets.
The event culminates with an after party, where a DJ spin tunes and powerful lasers cast out beams that illuminate wide smiles and the secret locations of any lost arks in the vicinity. Fog machines and CO2 jets help create a high-adrenaline atmosphere as attendees dance with their glow-in-the-dark compatriots. All the fun is for a good cause; The Rave Run partners with a local charity in each participating city.
During a race, many runners relish that moment when they come upon the volunteer handing out cups of water from the side of the course. For the Drenched 5K, there's no waiting for that fleeting relief?the entire course is equipped with watery obstacles such as sprinklers and oversized slip 'n' slides. The fun continues at the after-party, where participants can unwind on water slides and in foam stations. During a giant water fight, runners lob water balloons at each other to cover up any embarrassing dry spots they might have left. Even spectators can buy tickets to the post-race festivities, with proceeds from their purchases and race registrations going toward Kansas City?area charities.
The course itself carries on that fun vibe, too. Winding through city streets and local parks, the 5K route is dotted with hydration stations that dole out hot chocolate. Holiday music, a giant Santa inflatable, and snow blowers help to set
At Fig Fitness, a staff of passionate, knowledgeable trainers motivates clients of all body types to burn fat and build muscle through strength, cardio, and resistance workouts. Rather than resting on weight machines and ellipticals, tight-knit classes gather in a simple, spartan gym space to tackle a functional-movement regimen of barbell hoisting, pull-ups, and working in 19th-century steel mills. Students train target areas with expert-led classes such as balance-building yoga sessions, or resistance and cardio conditioning kettle box courses.