Saunter up to Kiwanis Park Batting Range and use the 20 tokens toward a variety of machines and cages, designed for baseballers of all skill levels. Ten lighted cages and eight cages that contain dual pitching machines provide multifaceted ball-whacking delight. Many machines can heave stitched spheres at speeds ranging from 30–75 m.p.h from 45 feet. Six slow pitch softball machines check larger targets, while a T-ball area is available for youngsters unable to face the wrath of the regular cages. Bats and helmets are available for use, and the only age requirement is that batters be able to hold and swing a bat without assistance (click here for the full list of rules). In between bat-based bashes, swing by the general concession area to snag some refueling soda, candy, or other energy titillating snack.
The trainers at Ultimate Body Boot Camp forage through the workout wilderness to curate a fitness omnibus. They pull from multiple exercise styles—including Pilates, plyometrics, kickboxing, yoga, and core work—to build workouts that combine the benefits of cardio and resistance training. This earned the program a top spot on Arizona Foothills magazine's Best of Our Valley list for 2012.
To keep clients' muscles from hitting the wall, getting bored, or taking off in the dead of night to pursue a career as an anatomy textbook model, coaches change the routine each class and give campers personalized tips to fuel individual journeys. Body-composition tests and nutritional plans augment the sessions, inspiring long-lasting habits for healthy physiques.
Runners start the UV Splash Color Dash in white T-shirts, but by the end, they'll all be wearing the same colorful glow-in-the-dark uniform. As they traverse the 5K course, they'll be gently hit with splashes of UV-colored water. In the nighttime darkness?and under black lights that line the course?the colorful stains will glow, making the cavalcade of runners into a glowing, moving constellation. At the end of the race, each human painting can hang out and replenish in an post-dash celebration.
BADASS Dash?s organizers live in a world of imagination. Where others see cargo nets, they see giant webs to be scaled. School buses become climbing walls and bales of hay turn into tunnels filled with grass and mud. In city after city, they place 30+ of these obstacles along a 7-kilometer course, and invite individuals and teams to compete against each other in elite matches, or beat their personal best in recreational races. Afterward, the organizers throw a celebratory bash filled with bonfires, food, and prizes for top finishers. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the charity Autism Speaks.
What happens when you combine a 5K run with a white t-shirt and thousands of multicolored bubbles? For the answer to that bewildering question, look no further than Bubble Bash 5K, a whimsical event that coats participants in a rainbow of hues as they run toward the finish line. The noncompetitive race isn't timed, meaning there's nothing stopping you from indulging in a blast of foam at various stations throughout the course. And the fun doesn't end at the finish line; at the post-race party, participants can dance to live music and submit their paint-stained shirts to an art critic for approval. The event, which is an offshoot of The Color Dash, donates half of its proceeds to local charities.
The kids are lurking around each turn of the 5-kilometer course, their hands full of Super Soakers, water balloons, and other aquatic artillery. A group of runners comes into view, and suddenly it's like the zipper broke on a rain cloud. The children shower the race participants and help them fight the swelter of the Arizona heat. Those who don’t wish to be “hit” wear bright red and wave a white flag in surrender. The kids—who have been instructed to only aim for the neck down—let these ones pass sans moisture.
The Splash Mob 5K puts this cool, watery twist on the standard race. Not only does it keep participants cool and kids smiling, but it also raises funds for a good cause: the Children First Academy. This Title I school educates approximately 300 students, 68% of which are homeless and 100% of which qualify for free breakfast and lunch.