Everything about Hard Water Sports is designed to get people outdoors. First, there's all the equipment: tons of gear is available for rent, whether guests are looking to canoe to camp sites or set up a warm, dry tent on a snowy field. The staff also leads adventurers out on guided expeditions down the roaring Kettle River from May through September, during which water levels can vary widely, making rapids even more vigorous and thrilling for rafters and otter-people.
The only thing crazier than running the 5k ThrillSeeker Stunt Run would be running the 5k ThrillSeeker Stunt Run backward. The 3.1-mile course includes such Hollywood-stunt-producer-designed obstacles as the Jugglernaught, where runners dodge giant foam bowling pins; the Punch Wall, which tries to knock participants off a 6-inch-wide ledge into a pool of water; and the Pole Vault, which launches racers over a stunt-pad canyon and down a 12-foot slide. Dressed as everything from Oompa-Loompas to marathon runners, runners don't just have a great time?they also help do good in the community through the organization's charitable donations.
Eden Guides is in the business of life-changing experiences. Its team of outdoor enthusiasts takes people on voyages and expeditions up mountains, under coral reef ecosystems, and to locations in need of humanitarian aid. Recent trips have offered a chance to safari on the Serengeti and view the migration of more than 500,000 gazelle and zebra or scale two of Mexico’s highest peaks, the volcanoes El Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl. Closer to home, courses on outdoor skills, led by guides with certifications from the American Mountain Guides Association and as wilderness EMTs and first responders. Leave-no-trace, backcountry cuisine, and intro to backpacking classes all ensure that hikers and climbers know how to survive in the wild without needing to barter with the local bears.
What better way to experience Minnesota's forests than from in the canopy? Sand Creek Adventures sends explorers soaring through the trees. Zip down a line 100 feet over the water. High ropes course, as well as team elements such as leap of faith, giant ladder, giant swing and, low ropes elements for team building.
Usually people coast over the hills of Coffee Mill Ski & Snowboard Resort on terrain covered with fresh powder. But during the Grumpy Muddah 5K, runners tackle the steep slopes on foot instead, and end up covered themselves?in wet mud. That's because the course has obstacles that might challenge participants to carry dirty logs down a hill or slide on their bellies through muddy water. The obstacles tend to be easier to complete with a team (you can register in a group), but those running solo can skip any obstacle that proves too difficult or requires a human pyramid to complete.
The event, which helps raise money for the Wabasha Ambulance Service, culminates in an after party that includes one free beer for each of-age participant, a T-shirt, and a medal, as well as various food options.
In Life Time Fitness's LifePower Yoga programs, yogis certified in an array of yoga styles impart students of all levels with strength, flexibility, balance, and focus. Prospective posers can drop in on any class on the schedule, where a varied menu of methods helps students balance the yoga's strengthening and slimming physical benefits along with its meditative, relaxing, and mat-appreciation qualities. An introductory class acquaints incoming limbs with basic poses and the proper way to align them with a suite of breathing techniques. Instructors will help you find pose modifications to accommodate injuries, muscle stiffness or other special needs.