Usually people coast over the hills of Coffee Mill Ski & Snowboard Resort on terrain covered with fresh powder. But during the Grumpy Muddah 5K, runners tackle the steep slopes on foot instead, and end up covered themselves—in wet mud. That's because the course has obstacles that might challenge participants to carry dirty logs down a hill or slide on their bellies through muddy water. The obstacles tend to be easier to complete with a team (you can register in a group), but those running solo can skip any obstacle that proves too difficult or requires a human pyramid to complete.
The event, which helps raise money for the Wabasha Ambulance Service, culminates in an after party that includes one free beer for each of-age participant, a T-shirt, and a medal, as well as various food options.
Though it advertises itself as the largest no-kill shelter in the Twin Cities, Animal Ark’s homey facility seems more like a relaxing retreat for the more than 1,000 homeless cats, dogs, and rabbits that come through its doors each year. Cats bask in sunlight within feline apartments as dogs lounge atop soft raised beds in their own spacious kennels, sinking teeth into chew toys and treats. Of course, time at Animal Ark isn't all leisure. Canines awaiting their forever homes stretch their legs across a large outdoor play yard, aptly named the Ark Park, where ample trees and greenery mix with park benches where dogs can train their human friends to sit.
Potential owners can also get to know adoptable pets online. The website posts a first-person profile of each available animal that lists its breed, personality, and master’s degrees.
Helmed by Dr. Melissa Millner and registered EMT Nyki Biegel, Welcome to Wellness leads clients through a belly-shrinking low-glycemic diet plan. An initial body-mass analysis measures each participant’s BMI, lean muscle, metabolism potential, and number of unpatriotic cells, then crunches the numbers to determine optimal weight-loss game plans. In a group of no more than 50 students, slenderizers learn healthy recipes that aim to balance blood sugars, and they attend weekly potlucks to mingle and taste new dishes. Tummy trimmers can further stay on their weight-loss track with a recipe book and weekly weigh-ins, and a provided computer camera encourages clients to share questions, concerns, and trivia about Duran Duran songs with personal coaches via Skype. Though not required, meal replacements and snacks are available through Usana healthcare products, and antioxidants are recommended, as they are said to aid in detoxification.