Kayak rentals run $25 to $70, and tube rentals range from $8 to $16. The resort also rents out cabins for those who need a longer getaway. Call 480-984-2194. - Niki D' Andrea
Athletes compete in "Splash and Dash"
Naysayers pan Tempe Town Lake as a biohazard, a waste of resources and a hokey tourist attraction. But it seems the Town Lake has found its niche -- as a playground and proving ground for some serious athletes. Take "Splash and Dash," the latest example of the lake's appeal to wanna-be and will-be hard-core triathletes. On Saturday, August 7, and Sunday, August 8, the lake hosts "Splash and Dash," the first in a series of events continuing through October. The Scottsdale Running Company's 1,000-meter swim and 3K run takes place from 7 to 8 a.m. Competitors meet and register at the Rural Road Bridge entrance at ASU's Lot 59. Registration is $20 to $30, depending on membership. Call 480-226-4729 or see www.redrocktriathlon.com.- Joe Watson