Doctor's orders: You're to exercise more in 2005! Running is a good option. But frankly, jogging alone looks painfully boring. Perhaps your ideal workout is something more akin to frat-house activities: frequent "beverage" breaks, drinking games, and singing some bawdy songs. If so, you should join the Phoenix Hash House Harriers for their "Diaper Rash & Come Again Run" at Pima Park, 8600 East Thomas in Scottsdale, at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 15. This noncompetitive event features volunteer "hares" who set out a trail for the "harriers" to follow. The objective isn't to break the tape at the finish line, as false trail markings are designed to equalize running abilities. Instead, as the Hash Web site states, the goal of hashing is to "have fun and accidentally get some exercise in the process." Call 602-230-5379 or see www.phoenixhhh.org. -- Douglas Towne
Lost Dutchman run features peace and quiet
Sure, this weekend's Lost Dutchman Marathon doesn't rock as much as that other recent road race in the Valley. But with spectacular scenic views of the Superstition Mountains at sunrise, who needs to be serenaded by local rock acts anyway? Starting atop a dusty foothill at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, January 16, participants will wind their way along the Peralta Trail, and the streets of Apache Junction; and if they finish quickly enough, they can use their time to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Registration for the marathon is $70, the half-marathon is $40, and the 10K run is $25. Call 480-983-1500 or see www.lostdutchmanmarathon.org. -- Benjamin Leatherman
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
Supercross flies high at BOB
While motor sports like NASCAR are treated as a religion in some pockets of the country, others continue to grow in popularity while still flying somewhat under the radar. Such is the case with professional motorcycle racing, a sport teeming with charismatic drivers who engage in the kind of high-flying antics that literally define the term "spectator sport." Get a taste of how it's done on two wheels at the THQ World Supercross GP Series, Saturday, January 15, at Bank One Ballpark, 401 East Jefferson. Qualifying begins at 12:30 p.m., with the main event at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $40 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 480-784-4444, or at all local Yamaha dealers. -- Craig Wallach