Compete Against Friends
Have a little bicep battle with friends and land a perfect bullseye at Craft Axe Throwing (431 S. Jefferson Ave., Suite 132A, Springfield, 417-409-2496). Few things get the primal surge of adrenaline flowing quite like flinging an ax at a wooden target, and because you rack up points the closer to the center you get, it’s sure to spur some friendly competition within your group. As you work up a sweat, don’t forget to rehydrate. Craft Axe has a well stocked beer bar to help you cool down—be careful, though. One too many and someone might usurp your champion status.
Compete Against The Clock
Pick a partner and test your limits because it wouldn’t be a competitive night without at least one food-related challenge, right? Stare down almost 10 pounds of pizza at Vito’s Kitchen (307 S. Jefferson Ave., Springfield, 417-569-7555) in the Big Vito Pizza Challenge. The stats: two people, one pizza and 35 minutes. The stakes: if you can eat the entire 26-inch pizza in the allotted time, the $45 pie is free and you can take home two Vito’s T-shirts and bragging rights, of course. That much dough takes a lot of time to prepare, though, so make a reservation at least 24 hours in advance then start your stomach stretching exercises in earnest.