Challenge Nation pioneered the urban-adventure race with a race season that includes visits to 35 cities across the country. Each scavenger hunt is personalized to the hosting city, exploring its many diverse neighborhoods with a series of clues that would test even the most skilled children's-book detective. The teams—comprised of at least two people—vie for a $300 first-place prize. The Amazing Race–style competition rewards quick wits and wise planning over physical fitness, so the best way to prepare is by doing logic puzzles while eating Funyuns and lounging in a La-Z-Boy. The top 25 teams qualify, the top five receiving free entry, to compete in the national championship, which rewards winning teams with a $5,000 cash prize.
For more than 130 years, the YMCA has worked to facilitate growth for individuals as well as communities by providing social-enrichment programs that promote honesty, respect, and responsibility. YMCA of Greater San Antonio, which features locations throughout the metropolitan area, helps people improve their lives with healthy living programs that offer inclusive training classes as well as lifelong learning classes. Youth development initiatives and childcare services allow children as well as teens to develop positive behaviors while exploring their interests in a safe, supportive environment. The centers also encourage social responsibility by providing opportunities to support local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
The creators of Graffiti Run use the term “run” very loosely. Less of a race, and more a celebration of the human spirit, the Graffiti Run encourages participants to dash, dance, prance, skip, cartwheel, or walk the course as they douse each other in vibrant hues that span the full spectrum. Each run also donates a portion of proceeds to a local charity, which range from Special Olympics affiliates and scholarship funds to city cleanup and beautification projects.
Octane Athletic Performance's team of personal trainers and athletes enact their fitness philosophy with a carefully curated schedule of classes and training sessions. Their integrated approach to fitness, which combines strength, flexibility, endurance, and biomechanics, forms the core of all of their boot-camp and group fitness classes.
Instead of crowning a winner based on time, the judges of the Color Me Loco 5K prefer a more subjective measurement: colorfulness. Along the route, volunteers at eight color zones throw colored cornstarch and water at racers passing by. Donning white attire, 5K participants quickly transform into vibrant works of art as they hustle through colorful checkpoints, such as the Loco Color Car Wash. Color Me Loco encourages entrants to tackle the multi-hued course at their own pace, whether by running, walking, or letting a breeze carry them all three miles.