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Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color??which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly-named Dye Zone?a polychromatic free-for-all, where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.

Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, gray, or another neutral color to give the dyes maximum visibility.

2400 E Capitol St NE
Washington,
DC
US

United Social Sports brings recreational athletes together to socialize and showcase their hand-eye coordination. Free agents or team-sized groups register for the organization’s casual coed leagues dedicated to traditional sports such as softball and volleyball as well as carnival games such as cornhole and skee-ball. Each league hosts 6–8 weekly matches, which culminate in a final tournament and an end-of-season party—much like youth-sports leagues, but with postgame drink specials.

4723 Elm Street
Bethesda,
MD
US

Gui Melendez, a soccer instructor with more than 14 years of experience as a head coach of traveling and high school soccer teams, enjoys coaching soccer because it combines his love of teaching, working with children, and soccer. Along with fellow coach Oscar Caceres, Gui channels his soccer expertise and zeal into programs at Stars and Stripes Soccer Academy. Designed for girls and boys alike, the academy includes camps, clinics, and lessons for youth, middle school, and high school players of all skill levels. Through drills and scrimmages, Gui and Oscar's sessions cover the fundamentals any great soccer player should know, such as dribbling and placing a bullseye on the ref's back when he isn't looking.

9302 Adelaide Drive
Bethesda,
MD
US

Spanning 18,000 square feet of turf-covered courts and batting cages, Raider's Edge hones bat-swinging skills with practice areas and instruction for individuals and groups. Baseball- and softball-pitching machines spit endless volleys of spheres, their speeds adjustable to accommodate both little leaguers and six-armed spider-men. The two spacious turf courts can also accommodate practice for soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey, and dual pitching lanes allow pitchers to perfect their craft side by side. Weekly exercise and softball practice programs focus on skills such as hitting, fielding, and pitching, and young players put their skills into practice as part of Raider’s Edge’s Red Raider softball teams.

8345 Beechcraft Ave
Gaithersburg,
MD
US

They’re a common food in several Latin countries, including Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, but empanadas are made a bit differently in Argentina. “We have an edge because we actually bake them,” Nicolás Ibarzabal, co-owner of 5411, told the Decider in 2009. ”Here in Chicago there are a couple of places that offer empanadas, but they’re pretty much all deep-fried. We like to think of ourselves as the new healthy frontier of empanadas.”

Along with pals and fellow Buenos Aires natives Mariano Lanfranconi and Andrés Arlia, Ibarzabal makes the flaky baked treats in nearly a dozen varieties. You’ll find traditional hand-cut beef empanadas as well as Americanized versions including barbecue chicken, which Ibarzabal admits is one of his favorites despite chuckles from his Argentine friends. The trio started 5411—a mash-up of Argentina’s country code, 54, and Buenos Aires’s city code, 11—in 2009 as a catering company before rolling out a food truck and finally opening a shop in Lakeview. That shop makes deliveries by the dozen, and the same pale-blue food truck—perhaps the catalyst for 5411’s success—still takes to the streets daily, urging office dwellers to emerge from their cubicles and horses to escape from their buggies.

18031 Central Park Circle
Boyds,
MD
US

Established: 2011

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes

Handicap Accessible: No

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Group soccer lessons

Recommended Age Group: Kids

Q&A with James Mundia, Director Of Training

When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?

One of my first jobs was a youth soccer coach for 4 to 6-year-olds at an indoor soccer facility. I fell in love with coaching and helping kids get better at the game. That continued when I took on older kids, eventually coaching at the high school and college level, where I am now. Soccer is a unique sport in that there are so many different qualities needed to be a successful player, and I am passionate about helping families unlock the codes to achieve that.

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

Kids should come ready to play with soccer gear on, their ball, shin guards, a spare T-shirt, and water or a sports drink. We'll be doing a lot of work, most of it with the ball, so they should be ready to run and work hard.

What?s your favorite part of your job?

I love meeting new families and helping them get the most out of their soccer experience. The kids are always amazing and I like challenging them to become better players and better people.

PO Box 101585
Arlington,
VA
US