By STEPHANIE MISSOURI
Valentine’s Day is a funny time of year.
For those in relationships, Feb. 14 is a time when men battle to fulfill long-established romantic ideals for their loved ones.
For those who know love, have been well acquainted with loneliness and always seem to be somewhere in between the two, Valentine’s Day garners more spite than spirited celebration.
A perfect way to savor being single might be “I Love You but I’ve Chosen Cocktails: An Anti-Valentine’s Tasting” at Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.
The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 12, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Copper Hall foyer.
Mixologist Aaron DeFeo will serve “the perfect antidote to pre-Valentine’s anxiety” featuring “three amazing original cocktails guaranteed to make you forget about any amorous misadventures.”
Tickets cost $15 and attendees will receive discounts toward future tastings. See details at hotelcongress.com.
Valentine Four Miler
Conversely, if you’d prefer to spend your time focusing on physical fitness while keeping an eye out for someone to spend a future V-Day with, perhaps “A Fine Valentine Four Miler” is more your speed.
The Feb. 12 run starts at 4 p.m. from Main Gate Square, on University Avenue between Euclid and Tyndall avenues.
The entrance fee of $25 provides an opportunity to run the four miles as an individual. For no extra charge, University of Arizona business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi will pair you with a blind-date running partner.
Other running options and more information can be found at azroadrunners.org.
Any woman could salve her V-Day woes by relaxing at the Dove Mountain Ritz-Carlton’s Ignite lounge, sampling goodies such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, Mexican hot chocolate and coconut-chocolate ganache cake.
Ignite will offer this chocolate goodness Feb. 12-14 for $12 per person.
All pertinent information, along with an extended listing of delicacies offered, can be found at ritzcarlton.com.
Boycott bike ride
Men usually try to avoid an evening of chocolate-dipped this-and-that on Valentine’s Day. Tucson Sport Bikes recognizes this by offering a “Valentine’s Day Boycott Ride” to Arivaca.
“Instead of buying candy and flowers for your significant other, wax and polish your bike,” reads a posting by host Brian Baldwin.
Riders will meet on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. at a Shell station on West Ajo Way, and take a pre-determined route. After eating lunch, participants can head home at their own convenience. They’re encouraged to go at their own pace, as the road can be tricky.
For details on enjoying an adrenaline-filled Valentine’s Day, visit tucsonsb.com.
Keep options open
Regardless of how you decide to celebrate, remember to keep your heart and mind open.
You never know when you’ll find love sitting right in front of you, running beside you or soundly outdoing you on an afternoon ride.