Running in Windsor

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It takes motivation to run a 5K, and there are few things as inspiring than a horde of brain-slurping zombies on your tail. In the pulse-pumping scareathon of Undead Unleashed, contestants run across a series of harrowing obstacles as decayed-looking antagonists descend on them like personal trainers, except with rigor mortis. Equipped with three precious flags, participants ages 14 and older must make it through the course without getting them jacked by the flag-stealing zombies. Anyone who makes it across Malden Park's scenic, yet harrowing real estate with any flags intact is a winner and gets to capture their victory in a photo as a "survivor." Those who lose all their flags can still finish, but get a photo op as "zombie meat." The race also makes it easy to show how much heart you've got while keeping it inside your chest: proceeds from the fun run benefit local charities.

4300 Machette Rd.
Windsor,
ON
CA

During Race & Seek, an extra phone battery in your pocket could easily be worth thousands of dollars. The urban scavenger hunt sends teams of 2?10 out into city streets in search of 14 clues, which they must capture via photo or video with their smart phones. The first-prize winners haul in some serious bounty: $500 and free entry into the Grand Championship, where $5,000 waits at the finish line.

But a slew of physical and mental challenges stand in the way of that money. Harder and harder clues come in via text and email, and as participants decipher them, they must navigate the city largely on foot?no cars, bikes, taxis, or griffins are allowed?with the aid of GPS and a city map.

2208 Cass Avenue
Detroit,
MI
US

The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

41 West 11 Mile Road
Madison Heights,
MI
US

Nothing makes a kid feel stronger than putting on a cape and pretending to be a superhero for a few hours. The Super Run gives kids and adults alike the opportunity to find that strength inside themselves without being bitten by a mutated spider. Instead, they do it by organizing superhero-themed 1K and 5K races to raise money for other nonprofits. At these races, runners dress up in their best superhero garb and fly to the finish line where games and entertainment await. Ahead of time, the Super Run picks a site, manages volunteers, and prepares the logistics to put on the events. In the past, they've held races that benefit a variety of groups including the American Association for Cancer Research, Savvy Cyber Kids, and Children's Hospital of Michigan.

34029 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia,
MI
US

Try City Fitness welcomes exercisers to challenge themselves and meet their fitness goals with indoor and outdoor exercises. Programs offered include boot-camp fitness, yoga, and indoor cycling. Nutrition seminars and personal-training sessions are also available.

37980 Ann Arbor Rd
Livonia,
MI
US

When the starting gun sounds for the ColorFoam5k, participants zoom off toward the finish line. But they'll encounter some interesting checkpoints?colorful ones?along the way. At various points, runners plow through walls of eco-friendly foamy soap suds and jets of colorful water sprayed from the sidelines. The goal here isn't to set any land-speed records, as the race is untimed, which puts the emphasis on having maximum fun and community rather than on competing. But there is another greater purpose to the event: a portion of proceeds benefit local charities.

191 North Old Woodward Avenue
Birmingham,
MI
US