The professional auto jockeys at Springport Motor Speedway educate and oversee heart-pumping racing experiences as drivers burn rubber in authentic stock cars around a 3/8-mile-long asphalt track with 18-degree embankments. Auto adventures begin with a drivers' meeting and introduction to the chief instructor, where pupils absorb a comprehensive overview of safety, techniques, and what to do when you have an itch under your helmet. After slipping into a five-point racing harness alongside a practiced motorist, passengers ride along for four laps while gleaning tips to prepare to execute speedway solos. Drivers swap seats for a second set of laps, during which whip handlers follow the lead car and pick up speed across 8 oval orbits before setting out singularly for 10 rotations around the track. During a total of 35 revolutions, clients are privy to a two-way radio that spouts guidance from coaches during solo jaunts.
The 18-hole layout of Briar Ridge Golf Course incorporates six large lakes along a serpentine path that's at times becomes surrounded by dense woods and open fields. While many of the fairways are slender, there's typically plenty of open space where tee shots can settle without getting wet or luring golfers into a psychedelic rabbit hole. During rounds, golfers confront green-side bunkers and large, undulant greens, not to mention those water hazards that can spell trouble throughout the course.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,695 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.1 from the back tees * Course slope of 125 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
A 5k mud run chock full of 20-plus messy obstacles to climb, crawl, and wade through is challenging enough. As Michigan Zombie Run?s name suggests, however, this particular event plops an extra impediment between racers and the finish line. Divided into running and crawling ghouls, each zombie?made extra frightening by professional makeup ?attempts to steal flags from the belts of human participants. If those mere mortals cross the finish line with at least one flag on their person, they remain human; otherwise, they?re cursed to being extras on The Walking Dead for all eternity. Either fate is up to you ? Michigan Zombie Run lets every participant choose whether they want to be humans or zombies.
Since 1928, the Flint Institute of the Arts (FIA) has chronicled the cultural history of the city and today continues to influence its rebirth. In that time, the museum has been designated as a National Treasure by the President's Committee on the Arts in 2002 and received the Governor's Award for Arts and Cultural Organization in 2007. As a world-class cultural institution, the FIA draws over 120,000 visitors a year to an array of exhibitions, film screening, lectures, educational outreach programs, and family events that enlighten art lovers and celebrate Flint's diversity. Within the FIA's 150,000 square feet of space, stunning gallleries of over 8,000 objects, including sculptures, paintings, and artifacts, tell the story of Flint's past and future. Its libraries and art school prepare the next generation of artists. The FIA also features a video gallery, a cafe and gift shop, a great hall for large events, and a theater for films and lectures.
Not even the cold of winter can stop the friendly warfare inside CRU Paintball: two of its fields are located indoors, sheltered inside a 50,000-square-foot warehouse. There, bright lights illuminate the obstacles peppered throughout the grounds and the green turf cushions.
The full-sized tournament field welcomes competitive play, whereas the recreational field, which is larger than the tournament field, is perfect for practice. Nonplayers, meanwhile, relax in the parents' lounge with soda and snacks, or browse the equipment in the proshop. The eight sprawling outdoor acres are available for play year-round.