From its origins in the Uinta Mountains’ Washington Lake, the Provo River descends to Utah Lake. On its way, thousands of years’ worth of the river’s water has carved the nearly 7,000-feet-deep Provo River Canyon. The water carries adventurers as well, bearing expeditions toward the landmark’s geological contours in vessels furnished by Runoff River Adventures.
Owned and operated by its guides, Runoff River Adventures has attracted some of the best river navigators in the business. Each guide has personally traversed more than 200 rivers, whose collective currents criss-cross countries across the world. The aquatic experts wield this experience as they guide kayaking and rafting expeditions down courses that can pass through roiling rapids or stick to calmer areas, such as goldfish bowls. Instructors also helm paddling and rafting courses, which focus on oar work and the art of the lake roll and river roll. Once they have mastered the basics, adventurers can confidently sally forth for self-guided tours in inflatable or non-inflatable kayaks, rafts, and innertubes that function as both flotation devices and very large headbands.
After years of training and diving around the world, owners Colby, Darren, and Tony decided to spread their love of scuba by opening North American Divers. They instruct classes such as Discover Scuba Diving, where be-finned students try breathing underwater for the first time. During Advanced Open Water classes, more experienced divers earn certification across five dives at locales such as Sand Hollow and the California Channel Islands. They also rent out gear such as regulators, oxygen tanks, and wetsuits. Additionally, the trio’s team of in-house certified technicians fixes nearly all makes and models of scuba and snorkeling equipment with a simple twitch of their nose.
In the Chase the Mayor 5K, Provo Mayor John R. Curtis will have a one-minute head start as throngs of citizens pace and roar with anticipation behind the starting line. After these 60 seconds are up, participants burst forth and book it 3.1 miles along University Avenue, hoping to stride past the finish line before the elected head of Provo does. If any entrant does beat his honor, they will win a custom window sticker commemorating the victory, as well as a lifetime pass to swim in any public fountain. Otherwise, the signature Provo City Marathon—a USATF-certified marathon and a Boston Marathon qualifier—sends runners on a rigorous, yet fun jaunt downhill toward postrace festivities. It is these types of exciting flourishes and thrilling stakes that form the principles of Run13’s mission to “make road races an event.” Run13 also organizes several other races, including half marathons, 10Ks, and 5Ks.For each race, the organization designates a charity to donate its proceeds to, often taking suggestions from its fans or the magic 8 ball that presides over all affairs.
The 2012 PGA Utah Golf Pass offers golfers discounted tee times and deals at more than 70 courses throughout the state. By paying the cart fee, pass-wielders enjoy free rounds at seven of the state's premier golf venues, including the red rock-framed fairways of Sand Hollow and the mountainside greens of Birch Creek Golf Course. At dozens of other courses, players enjoy VIP bargains such as percentages off tee times, buy-one, get-one-free deals on greens fees, special discounts for junior golfers, and free admission for infant sand wedges.
Pass holders also receive discounts on range balls, regripping services, and golf merchandise at certain locations. Check the website for a comprehensive list of discounts, all of which remain valid until the end of 2012 or the golf-cart union goes on strike.
Thrill seekers and people looking to be moderately entertained can take the four arcade tokens and also choose any combination of the activities Trafalga has to offer. Aspiring kings and queens of the home-run derby can get 50 swats at the batting cages, and golf-ball haters can punish an orb throughout 18 brutal holes of mini-golf. Trafalga has two courses, one under the stars on the late-night cosmic golf course and the other beneath the glowing waves on the indoor undersea jungle black-light course. A round of five minutes or 25 laps on the go-karts will satisfy speed demons more than 60 inches tall, but shorter adrenaline junkies will have to ride shotgun and have it administered by a taller chaperone. Trafalga has four different XD theater rides to choose from, taking participants through four-dimensional experiences in outer space, under the sea, in the tunnels of a haunted mine, or on the kids' favorite urban flight alongside some jetpack-sporting companions. You can also trade one activity in for 25 tokens to bolster the four free ones and spend some time with the classic arcade machines such as skeeball. Take your adopted family of loving chimpanzees for a day of entertainment at Trafalga Fun Center and enjoy the simple pleasure that beating a relative at skeeball or hitting 50 home runs in a row in front of your date can afford.