Obstacle courses force intrepid athletes to think on their feet as they encounter such impediments as tire fields and riddle-slinging bridge trolls. Stay agile with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get one entry in the San Diego Diva Dash, scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 21 (a $60 value).
Stretched across a 3-mile course, the San Diego Diva Dash challenges women older than 12 with strength-, speed-, and agility-testing terrains and obstacles. The day before the race, contestants stop by an expo to nab race packets, beverages, and snacks and hear inspirational speeches from classic video-game characters. On the morning of the race, waves of contestants bolt from the starting line every 15 minutes to explore myriad obstructions between Bonita Cove and Mission Cove, including splashing water, swinging ropes, and winding mazes. After passing the finish line, weary racers can refuel at the after party, surrounded by rows of booths dispensing prizes and a DJ giving shout-outs to deserving achilles tendons. The event supports four local nonprofit organizations, including the YWCA of San Diego and Voices for Children.
Urban Assault Ride
The Urban Assault Ride challenges cyclists to speed from obstacle course to obstacle course across their city during eco-friendly scavenger hunts that benefit local charities. Teams draft a road map to try to thwart the competition and be the first to complete the race, pausing at a series of checkpoints, where they must surmount such active roadblocks as slip 'n' slides, bike jousting, and reciting the Iliad in Pig Latin. The first team to conquer each challenge and cross the finish line is declared the victor, but all participants celebrate their efforts at a lively after-party stocked with snacks, beer, nonalcoholic drinks, and prizes.