Equal parts footrace, obstacle course, and mud bath, each RunnerCross course pits participants against up to 15 kilometers of creative and slippery barriers. Runnable as an individual race or as a team relay, heats of 300 runners at a time quickly muddy themselves as they scramble over hay bales, scale rain-slicked hills, and traverse bogs atop a teetering rope bridge. ChronoTrack timing chips in the numbered bibs give runners accurate lap times for settling photo finishes or stacking against past 5Ks, such as George Washington's historic run from a mob of angry cherry farmers.
With multiple performance areas set up throughout Washington Square, this year's Salt Lake City Jazz Festival boasts an impressive lineup of jazzy folk who can do more than just imitate bop—they can actually bebop. Help kick off the festival with the Friday, July 9, tribute to Motown, soul, and funk, featuring Ellis Hall and his band playing the hits of artists such as Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson. Other July 9 performers include the vocal quartet Fifth Avenue, who will woo tapping toes with intricate harmonies and swinging beats. On Saturday, performers such as the Rippingtons, Eddie Daniels, Phat Tiger, and the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra will tickle ears without invading personal space, paving the way for Sunday's performance by Hollywood hotshot Seth MacFarlane, best known as the creator and primary voice actor behind Fox's Family Guy. MacFarlane, a capable singer in his own right, will sing American songbook standards from the likes of Sinatra and Crosby while backed by the Salt Lake City Jazz Orchestra. Check out the entire lineup and descriptions here. If you drop by the festival on Sunday, also take advantage of the free music clinics open to sound makers of all ages and skill levels.
"If you haven’t played it since sixth-grade recess, there’s a good chance we’ve organized it," Beehive Sport and Social Club founder David Marquardt told the Salt Lake Tribune. That isn't an accident: the club aims to keep its focus squarely on fun, friendship, and making schoolchildren jealous by choosing sports that anyone can play. Throughout the year, dodge-ball, kickball, and flag-football teams fight for dominance and prizes in coed leagues, though they're likely to lay any on-field grudges aside during postgame social hours at local pubs. Events and parties tempt competitors from outside the league with the chance to prove their skill in beer pong, whiffle ball, or capture the flag.
This month’s Comedy Showcase invites a trio of jokesters to excavate laughs in The Depot’s urban space. Comic J. Chris Newberg enlivens standard standup with his blend of audience interaction and short songs that bait giggles with a grab bag of controversial topics, from religion to the usefulness of the metric system. Newberg’s edgy humor nabbed him stage time with Dane Cook, on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central. A seasoned DJ and comedian, DJ Cooch sweet-talks microphones with confidence gained from co-hosting MTV’s Rock the Vote with Ashton Kutcher and flying overseas to entertain troops in Iraq, and funny woman Jen Murphy dissects dating and intergender communications. Before the show, host AJ from 97.1 ZHT warms up the stage with only a microphone and a huge electric blanket, as audiences settle into the urban interior of the old Union Pacific Station.
X-Dance, sponsored by Skullcandy, is a four-day celebration of adrenaline in its cinematic form, showcasing incredible film footage of action aficionados as they conquer the elements aboard bikes, boards, and skis. Cypher Vision meticulously documents the wave-wrassling abilities of the world's best surfers with an innovative camera capable of shooting 1,000 frames per second and getting very wet. Other equally kinetic films shine a spotlight on record-breaking free skier Grete Eliassen, speedy snowboarder Jeremy Jones, and motocross stunt specialist Robbie Maddison. Many of these daredevils will be on hand to answer questions after their films are shown. Passholders also get to attend FirstCom's music-licensing panel, which will show aspiring filmmakers how to access FirstCom’s massive catalog of licensed tunes so that their awe-inspiring base-jumping footage can be scored to something more extreme than “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”
Entering their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest “4 Times the Fun” North American tour, the Globetrotters will add a new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet further than the official three-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian. See the arch-nemesis Generals try to keep up as the Harlem hardwood sorcerers evade gravity’s oppressive clutches and court clairvoyants distribute unassailable alley-oops. Youngsters can learn about the benefits of teamwork while laughing along with the jovial jocks as they perform classic routines of unconventional passing and sudden transmutations of water into confetti.