Today's busy world makes it hard to find time for old-fashioned good deeds, such as rescuing a lost kitten or helping a child safely drive a school bus. Do your part with this Groupon.
$35 for the Charity Chase 5K Mud Run (Up to $74.20 Value)
Starting from the rolling woodlands of Abersham Park, racers run in waves that start every half-hour from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Over a 5-kilometer course, competitors romp across a slick racetrack peppered with 20 challenging, messy obstacles. They'll dash up hills, crawl through a creek, navigate a hay maze, and decode a memo from the Pentagon, all while slipping and sliding in torrents of fresh mud. The first two waves are competitive races with cash prizes of up to $2,000, and the rest are purely recreational; Groupon customers may choose any available race slot. The community-friendly afternoon benefits Support US Armed Forces, a group that helps military members, veterans, and their families. Check the event page for full details.
Though the Charity Chase offers discounted entry for military members, this Groupon still represents the best deal available.
After graduating from college, two North Carolina natives started Charity Chase as an entertaining way to give back to their community. Envisioning an activity that would draw all sorts of people together, they put their energies into cultivating an abundant natural resource: mud. After testing their physical and mental fortitude at dirt-carved racecourses throughout the area, runners sprint across the finish line to find lively after parties. Crowds swap battle stories to the rousing tunes of live musicians, and costume contests grade the creative garb of contestants, spectators, and mud beasts disturbed from their subterranean homes by the ruckus. Benefiting groups include an assortment of charities and school organizations, depending on the event.