In the horror films of the 1960s and '70s, zombies were represented as hordes of frightening—albeit sluggish—undead. These days, the typical zombie has a little more spring in his step. During zombie apocalypse–themed tag at Play2Survive, the undead chase after humans who seek shelter at several designated checkpoints. Fortunately, the zombies are only fellow participants, who "infect" the living by tagging them. Meanwhile, racers who retain their humanity must reach a minimum of five checkpoints scattered around the course before crossing the finish line. The first survivors in the team and solo categories to make it back to headquarters receive prizes. The top flesh-eaters among the zombies also get rewards, presumably including a spot as a backup moaner on some pop star's new album.
The touring event is the brainchild of Project TMD, a group of friends who spent their college days scouring California for large-scale role-playing opportunities. Eager to share their passion for fitness and fun with others, the Project TMD crew now stages their own events across the state. The group also does its part to provide local high schools with resources for physical fitness and outdoor play. Project TMD encourages Play2Survive participants to sponsor a local high school of their choice. The school whose sponsors earn the most points receives a portion of the event's proceeds—as does the parks and recreation district hosting the game.
Fans of Mario Kart know Rainbow Road as a glow-in-the-dark racecourse in outer space. So do fans of ABC's The Bachelor, only theirs is located on earth and strewn with more celebrities than turtle shells. To them, it's the series of inflatable arches that flashed hypnotically around Juan Pablo and Kat as they hurtled through the Electric Run. Seth Rogen, Carmen Electra, and a pink-wigged Vanessa Hudgens have also been spotted among the global event's hordes of runners and walkers.
Rainbow Road is just one of many "lands" that make up Electric Run's luminescent 5K. Any given Electric Run course contains five to seven of these brightly lit zones, each decorated according to its theme with neon trees, hanging umbrellas, phosphorescent cacti, and cascading fountains. Each land also matches the surroundings with its own soundtrack: upbeat and energizing for the wilder areas, calming and melodic for the surreal ones. Once the sun sets, participants travel through them all at their preferred pace. Everyone arrives at the same final destination, however?a DJ-propelled afterparty that keeps the night illuminated until the thunderous ka-chunk of the sun's timecard.
Generally, adulthood forces people to give up childish pleasures, robbing them of the joy associated with playing in puddles, unearthing hidden treasure, and being silly in public. Sierra Adventure Sports wants grownups to regress, if only for a day. In service of that goal, the company organizes a variety of novel races that range from city scavenger hunts for the casual adventurer to creative triathlon courses for the ambitious athlete.
The Mad Mud Run, for instance, challenges participants to sprint and frolic through a dirty and deliciously fun outdoor obstacle course littered with manmade obstructions such as cargo nets, hills of hay bales, monkey bars, and slimy mud pits. Extreme Heat Adventure Races combine equal parts triathlon and scavenger hunt to create a 10?12K journey filled with running, river rafting, and mystery challenges that could pit teams against anything from blindfolded puzzles to wall climbs. Most Sierra Adventure Sports events encourage racers
to compete in costumes of all types save for gremlins, which multiply in water and unfairly dominate the timed results.
If the Color Fun Fest 5K were televised, it might have viewers wondering if someone had messed with their TVs' color settings. That's because, at one-kilometer intervals across the race course, staffers shower runners with neon powders, transforming them into a kind of collective stampeding rainbow, which is illuminated by powerful black lights during night waves. But participants won't find a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow?or, for that matter, a podium; the 5K run is noncompetitive and doesn't track times. Instead, they'll step into a lively finish-line festival?with music during the run, vendors, and a DJ-led after party?where colors fly through the air and stopwatches are smashed like pi?atas.
The celebration draws inspiration from Holi, a festival of colors primarily celebrated in India and Nepal. In the communal spirit of that festival, Color Fun Fest 5K helps raise funds for and awareness of local charities, non-profits, and local businesses. The event also encourages family participation, with free admission for kids age 12 and under and a daytime run.
Sports played a vital role in coach Jaws Bulivou's childhood in Fiji, whether he was barreling down the rugby field, hefting heavy weights, or matching wits and muscles with opponents in Judo. After years of coaching volleyball for boys' and girls' clubs, as well as Olympic gold medalists, Bulivou discovered a new passion for fitness through cross-training. Rather than boring bodies with long bouts on the treadmill or marathon phone-book recitations, cross-training regimens keep participants fully engaged with randomized Workouts of the Day that emphasize building functional strength with high-intensity exercises. Today, at Jaws' gym Pasifika Fitness, students train and tone their sinews not only with gymnastics, plyometrics, rowing, and barbell-hoisting, but with a steady, careful attention to their nutrition.
To celebrate Movember, the Sacramento Moustache Run raises money for the American Cancer Society and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer. Racers meet for a 5K run or walk along a mustache-shaped course in River Walk Park as DJs Tamesta and Kittie Lynne blast music to keep runners motivated and to scare any curious fish back into the water (for their own good). After the run, everyone gathers at the Mo for Your Bro party, where of-age participants get a complimentary beer or glass of wine. Post-race, folks can dance to other live musical acts, refuel at any number of food trucks, or tend to their facial tresses with the help of Jimmy's Barber Garage for mustache care, which will be onsite. Proceeds from the after party go to the Active 20-30 Club of Greater Sacramento to benefit children's charities.