Running out of things to do in the city? Bored of the same old bar every Friday? Well, check out these 4 groups that get together for events off the beaten path. You may be delighted to find that, yes, you're not the only one preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Or, maybe you'll just love the novelty (and possible absurdity) of the interests that bring these following Meetup groups together.
Zombie Run Training
Fitness trainingâ¦ to prepare for the zombie apocalypse
Everyone loves zombies, but have you ever thought that being a fleeing victim in one of those horror flicks would actually be a great workout? Zombie Run Training thinks so, hitting upon another way to make fitness funâjust throw in some brain eating, shuffling, undead corpses. The group will teach you zombie evasion techniques and help you prepare for the aftermath of a rabid disease outbreakâ¦or one of two zombie-themed endurance obstacle courses held annually.
No, seriously, prepare for the end of the world
Need another outdoorsy group? How about one that's designed to teach you how to live without electricity and grow your own food? Whether you find it over-the-top or absolutely essential, the Toronto Survivalists group offers workshops that would definitely come in handy during worst-case scenarios: making fire, identifying edible plants, tracking animals, and storing food long-term.
Hash House Harriers
Jog for beer
Running from the undead and learning hunting skills is fun and all, but wouldn't it be great if there was beer at the finish line? Well, you might be interested in joining Hash House Harriers (HHH). With origins in the British game Paper Chase or Hares and Hounds, a typical HHH event involves "hares" members laying a paper-marked trail through the city or wilderness, which the "hounds" group then follows to the finish line. After everyone arrives at the goal, Hashers then head to a bar to socialize and drink lots of beer. Since the group calls themselves "a drinking club with a running problem", HHH is more about camaraderie and humour than speed and cardio. In fact, people of all ages and fitness levels are encouraged. Fun fact: there are over 2,000 HHH chapters all over the world!
Pick Up Artists
Need some suave opening lines? Or just a confidence booster?
This one is a bit of a head-scratcher. With a heading that says "Roundtable of Toronto Chivalry", references to Casanova, the male psyche, and "pretentious females", plus a group picture of women in a car without panties, it's tempting to write off the Toronto Pick Up Artist group as a joke. But judging from some of the messages and comments ("pushing past your comfort zone", "rationalizing why you didn't talk to that girl"), it seems the goal is also about raising your self-esteem and learning to be more social. In any case, it might be fun to crash the party and see what tricks these Casanovas use to get some attention.
You may think these are silly, or you may be screaming for joy inside that finally, you've found people sharing the interests that none of your friends enjoy. The point is, there's another side to social life in Toronto just waiting for you to join!