The USRA Half Marathon Series spans 25 cities, where locals unite to test their competitive spirit in distance road races suited for runners of all physical endurances. Runners can choose from a half marathon or a 5K. Once they cross the finish line, racers in multiple age categories can snag awards for a job well done, regardless of whether they ran individually, as part of corporate teams, or to fundraise for a sanctioned charity program. Postrace activities also include live entertainment at a finish line party.
At Northwest Athletic Club, patrons can train for almost any type of physical challenge. Those who want to become a tennis champion can reserve one of five indoor tennis courts for practice rain or shine. Those who want to dunk a basketball or just shoot a layup while yelling "dunk" can head to the facility's full-size basketball court.
Of course, the club has a vast fitness floor for those who just want to work out, as well as a studio that hosts Zumba dance parties, spinning sessions, yoga classes, and more.
Leading an athletic lifestyle doesn't just improve one's health or make full-length mirrors feel better about what they're reflecting. It has the power to influence others to do the same, boosting the spirits and extending the lifespans of entire towns; and that what drives Cause 2 Compete. Committed to social and environmental awareness, the athletic-event company partners with communities to deliver charity races that enhance communal relationships and aid environmental causes. With their array of fun runs, including the Dawn of the Dunes course, Twisted Turkey Trail race, and We Run This Town series, Cause 2 Compete brings athletes together for scenic marathons that help enrich their locales.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Slip ‘n’ slides. Mud pits. Tire runs. A tarzan swing. Regardless of whether you choose the 1.5- or 3.5-mile route, the Muddy Patriot has one goal in mind: to get you dirty. With adrenaline pumping and live music from The Bronk Bros. filling the air, racers aged 13 and older take on the Muddy Patriot obstacle course, which is made, like a pig’s-dream montage, almost entirely of mud.
Though it may technically be considered a competition, Muddy Patriot’s founder, Chris Bushart, intended it to be fun, first and foremost. As a veteran of the United States Navy, Bushart’s time spent traversing the globe made him realize how much he loved his country and how much he wanted to give back. The Muddy Patriot not only brings excitement to Michiganders for a day, but also supports local businesses and children’s charities such as Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center.
Northwest Indiana's first marathon launches from Freedom Park on April 27, 2014. Taking place entirely over scenic country roads, the Crossroads Marathon passes by Cedar Lake, Lake Dale, and at least one camouflaged bigfoot. The course is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and is open to everyone?walkers included?as long as they can sustain a 15-minute mile pace.