Don't be fooled by the hard bodies in the front; this race is for everyone — Photo courtesy of Prison Break Race
There's something about a controlled thrill. Jumping from a plane. Bungee jumping. Killing that spider. (Hey, we all have different versions of a thrill.)
In most races, you're actively running towards the finish line. The Prison Break Race focuses more on what you're running away from than what you're running towards.
Prison Break Race — Photo courtesy of Prison Break Race
You begin in prison for a crime that you didn't commit. You're outfitted with three flags and the motive to complete a 5km to 7.5km race, with obstacles like army climbing under barbed wire or jumping over fire.
Try to escape the prison guards and make it to the finish. If the guards catch you, they take a flag. If they catch you three times, you're punished and sent to the mud hole.
Happily, mud hole photos are some of the best ways to spruce up an Instagram account.
Free men and women are granted a medal, a beer and a T-shirt. (The Prison Break team also promises that the person giving away the swag will be a good-looking woman or handsome man. That's easy to say: everyone is good looking when you're free, exhausted and happy.)
These women are kicking butt at the most important part of the competition Ââ€“ enjoying themselves — Photo courtesy of Prison Break Race
This race is proudly Canadian. The one thing about Torontonians is that they like to celebrate their patriotism in any way that they can (and they like foreigners who are just as celebratory).
Now in its third year, the Prison Break Race has some impressive stats: 16,000 prisoners have been "allowed" to escape in eastern Canadian cities thus far.
The Toronto race is set this year for June 27, 2015, with different race times ranging from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There are pros to both: go early and you can beat the famous Toronto heat. Go later and you can more easily justify your beer drinking.
You can sign up as an individual or as a team of friends willing to trampoline and slide their way to freedom. Luckily, the guards are fairly easy to spot and distinctly uniformed. The police caps verge on cute, but don't trust them: they're more than happy to send you to the mud pit.
This race not only works to balance the effects of barbecues and patio-hopping, but it can also be considered training for Canada Day on July 1. Test your strength, your endurance, your dexterity and your determination.
Most importantly, test the lengths that you will go to for a cold beer. It's an important Canadian skill.
The flag stealers are coming to get you — Photo courtesy of Prison Break Race