Running in Sarasota

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For Sean and Nikki Davis, the thought of missing a workout was unimaginable—that is, until they had kids. Three of them. Following the birth of the third, when their lifestyles had made the 180-degree revolution from active to inactive, they decided they needed to get back in shape. They started simple: exercising on their own at home using bodyweight routines such as lifting the mailman. After friends and neighbors took notice of the Davis' revamped figures, the Davis' started inviting them along for their workouts. When their house couldn't hold any more people, the duo took the leap and opened Davis Training. Today, at their fitness facility, they whip clients from across the fitness spectrum into shape during boot camp, kickboxing, and classes that train patrons for adventure races.

3762 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota,
FL
US

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America has its sights set on obsolescence in the form of a cure. While that would mean shuttering the doors of its 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization, it would also mean relief for sufferers of the fatal illness, which may affect up to 250,000 people across the country. Until that day comes, its work continues. The organization oversees the Coalition for the Cure, which pools the resources and knowledge of 16 researchers across the world. While those researchers work, the organization also raises funds through a network of nationwide events—5Ks, bowling outings, dinners, cocktail parties—and directs the proceeds toward advocacy, education, and more research. A portion also goes to supporting medical, psychological, and social services at major medical facilities throughout the US.

5226 4th St N
St Petersburg,
FL
US

At the Mustache Dache, mustaches aren't just for guys—on-site face painters can adorn women and children with anything from a bushy handlebar to a dainty pencil stache. Once everyone is mustachioed, they're ready for the 5K, just one of many November races put on to benefit Movember, a global men's health charity that fights prostate and testicular cancer. After the race, runners and their supports can attempt to win first prize in the mustache contest by taping caterpillars to their lip.

615 2nd Avenue Northeast
St Petersburg,
FL
US

Fit Body Boot Camp's instructors all over the world share a common goal: to help clients hit their fitness and weight-loss goals with regimented training programs. Trainers lead group workouts that combine cardio with resistance exercises, strength training, and light alligator wrestling. They design the workouts to be as time-effective as possible and vary the routines constantly to avoid workout plateaus that can leave clients feeling uninspired. Trainers empower their students with healthy eating guidelines to keep motivation high outside of class.

During one-on-one sessions, certified personal trainers plan out tailored fitness programs, which clients can take with them to Fit Body Boot Camp’s gyms to continue shaping up on their own.

8100 Park Blvd
Pinellas Park,
FL
US

At Boot Camp With A Cause, classes don't just focus on the physical. Five key elements?mindset, nutrition, supplementation, strength training, and cardio conditioning?inform the programs at the workout haven. This holistic approach helps members adjust their perspective on health as they lose pounds and tone limbs to resemble their favorite Greek statues. The fitness organization also focuses on the community, regularly donating to local charities and holding occasional free Saturday boot camps in which students bring blankets, food, and clothing for those in need.

8100 Park Boulevard
Pinellas Park,
FL
US

The recipe: take 5 miles of mud trails, fill them with more than 25 obstacles, add snow, and serve. The Badass Bash obstacle course is more than a race—it's a battle where competitors learn what they are made of. Across the 5-mile course, participants dash, clamber, and crawl through and over a series of obstacles inspired by firefighter, police, and military training. The favorites are back (Target Practice, Submarine Mines, and Check the Attic, among others), but there's also The Badass Bash's take on holiday cheer: Santa's Sack, Chimney Sweep, Don't Drop the Ornament, and more. But the real kicker is the snow. The event's organizers haul in a bunch of the cold white stuff, adding a chilly but festive note to the high-octane event. While adults are getting their hands dirty, kids 12 and younger can do the same on their own 0.5-mile course, the Kick Butt Kids Elf Bash. After the race, guests can mingle at the after party, which is livened up by free beer and live entertainment.

A portion of the proceeds of The Badass Bash benefits three fire, police, and veterans’ charities. All of the proceeds from the Kick Butt Kids Bash go to Caleb's Crusade, which helps children and families who are battling pediatric cancer.

44570 Bermont Rd
Punta Gorda,
FL
US