Our editors' picks for great sport & fitness activities in Columbus
New Way to Get Around We're ready to roll with the CoGo BikeShare program when it launches this month. Rent one of 10 shared bikes, offered at each of the 30 self-serve stations scattered through Downtown and its neighborhoods, in 30-minute intervals. Purchase a one-day, three-day or annual pass online or at the station-just have Queen's "Bicycle Race" queued up as you head to your next destination.
Family-Friendly Mud Run Lovers of mud crawling and wall scaling, rejoice. No longer must you trek beyond city limits for your fix since the Arnold Survivor Race came to town. The 3-mile course at Lou Berliner Park is spattered with survival-themed obstacles that participants age 9 and up can tackle at their own pace. It's the family-friendly version of similar (and more intense) mud runs. While the risk of hypothermia from freezing temps meant no mud for the inaugural event in March, Arnold Schwarzenegger was doling out starting line high-fives to 1,200 racers brave enough to brace the cold. No doubt he'll be back at next year's March 1 event.
Pre-Game Happy Hour Live music, City Barbeque and baseball? Don't mind if we do. The Clippers pre-game happy hour deals start at 5 p.m. and run until game time in the Right Field Picnic Plaza at Huntington Park before Friday home games. Take in the sounds of some local talent (McGuffey Lane and Big Hole Swiss are on tap this month) with a $2 City Barbeque pulled pork sandwich in one hand and a beer in the other ($2 domestic, $3 premium drafts).Best bends
For kids: Back-to-basics fun is the goal of Yoga on High's kids program with instructors specifically trained to work with youth yogis. A typical class includes a centering activity, some pose practice and a creative project that keeps kids engaged and meets their needs.
For adults: In the year the studio's been open, Thank Yoga has made quite a name for itself through special practices like "yoga and vino" and partnerships with Watershed Distillery and Mission Coffee. It's a great excuse to indulge in a post-workout cocktail or cup of joe.
For meditation: In need of serious relaxation? Head to Village Yoga's Yin class for a super-meditative, 90-minute experience owner Kelli Joyce promises will get your body in sync and force you to settle down.
Place for a Buckeyes Private Party If you can't be in the 'Shoe for a game, the Film Room at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill might just be the next best thing. Authentic fencing and signs from the stadium. Museum-like displays of Ohio State memorabilia. You and up to 31 fellow fanatics will feel right at home watching the game on a 12-foot-wide projection screen and munching on tailgate classics like sliders and rotisserie chicken-engulfed nachos. And keep your eyes peeled-Archie Griffin is a regular.
Salesman Back when Terrelle Pryor was taking snaps, it seemed Jim Tressel was about as good a recruiter as Ohio State was likely to get. Then came Urban Meyer, who's made skipping along college football's cutthroat recruiting trail look easier than going 12-0. His consensus top-three 2013 class was built by crisscrossing the country and luring top players from powerhouse rivals-safety Vonn Bell from Tennessee and receiver James Clark from Florida, to name a few. The Big 10 is in big trouble. To be honest, so is the SEC.
Barre Class You might not be the next Sugar Plum Fairy, but an hour spent dipping plies surely channels your inner ballerina and tightens your body in the meantime. Sure, you can tiptoe to the nearest chain gym for strengthening barre exercises. But why, when instructors and dancers from Columbus' BalletMet, offer their own fitness and flexibility class, Barre and More? Geared toward novices with little or no dance experience and starting around $12 a class, they offer bang-and a kick-butt workout-for your buck. Try it out this summer: Tuesdays Downtown and on Saturdays in Reynoldsburg and Worthington.
Polo LessonsCombine the physicality of hockey with the adrenaline rush of skydiving and you've got polo, says professional player Horace Henriot, who fell in love with the sport for its athletic thrill. This Belgium native started sharing his passion with more than a dozen students (from teens to 40-somethings) at new Play Poloin Gahanna. We love the accessibility of Henriot's lessons. First-timers don't need a pony, equipment or even riding experience (you'll master movements on a wooden horse first) to take an hour-long small-group class (10 lessons for $890).