Skydive Warren County is a labor of love for the Stewart family with roots as far back as 1945, when the patriarch purchased 40 acres of land and lived in a house attached to a hangar at Waynesville Airport. Such proximity caused the Stewarts to grow up with an appreciation for aviation that eventually brought them to skydiving. Since 1969, the business has been imbued with their enthusiasm, teaching novices and experts alike how to hone their skills in airborne sports with the help of licensed professionals.
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Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
At the Cincy Nation Mud Run, it’s all about the 513. Racers spend a Saturday bounding through an obstacle-packed course funded by local sponsors and benefiting local charities. The 2.11-mile obstacle course boasts military-style challenges such as cargo nets, log jumps, monkey bars, and mud crawls. The Cincy-centric run also offers parkour-inspired obstacles including two-angled walls, mud trenches, and parallel bars. After crossing the finish line, racers can revel at an after-party that features local vendors, and intrepid diggers can try to pull keys out of a mud pit to win iPods, iPads, and vintage Rolodexes. Ultimately, the race organizers aim to encourage healthy competition amongst the teams, which can be fielded by rival high schools, companies, or lemonade stands.
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Cincinnati Skydiving gives novice jumpers a taste of the open sky via tandem diving. Participants take flight while attached to an instructor and enjoy a 60-second free fall before the parachute opens and they float gently to the ground, taking in the landscape. Cincinnati Skydiving also offers advanced jumpers the chance to take solo leaps; after a four- to six-hour training course, they take to the skies with two accelerated free-fall masters who oversee the plunge.