At 6,531 feet above sea level, Security Service Field is the highest professional ballpark in the United States. It was built in 1988 on the edge of Colorado Springs, and, in August 2012, it welcomed its six millionth fan through the turnstiles. This feat of fandom was but a dream in 1903, though, when the Sky Sox—then the Sacramento Solons—became a charter member of the Pacific Coast League. In 1961, the Solons became the Islanders and relocated to Honolulu, where the franchise remained until 1988, the year it finally moved to Colorado, and the year Pikes Peak began mysteriously sprouting foul poles. Upon arriving in its new city, the franchise adopted the Sky Sox moniker—a tip of the cap to the Sky Sox of the 1950s, who played in the Western League as an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The modern-day Sky Sox have been the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies since 1993, and in 2011, the team earned the nod as Triple-A Organization of the Year courtesy of Baseball America.
Created specifically for the community of Colorado Springs, BigDogBrag events inspire racers of all fitness levels, from seasoned athletes to those looking to get in shape, to stay "Colorado Fit" while proving that mud is temporary and glory is forever. The organization transforms local venues?such as the 86-acre RAM Off-Road Park?into swampy, obstacle-laden courses. There, muck-faced competitors gallop through canyons, leap across creek beds, and attempt to hurdle obstacles and mud pits keeping their knee-deep competitors captive.
Hosted by the Junior League of Colorado Springs, the Reach Your Peak Run, Walk & Stroll promotes healthy living and enjoying the great outdoors with a community-centered, family-friendly 5K along the Pike's Peak Greenway Trail. Racers gather at 9 a.m. to claim goody bags full of T-shirts and coupons to local businesses before embarking on an invigorating jaunt through stunning Colorado scenery. Participants can choose to run, walk, or jog depending on their fitness level and whether or not they're being chased by an overly friendly bear.
Though some participants choose to run and others to walk, everybody who participates in the Color Dash experiences a transformation. As participants make their way through the 5K Color Dash and UVSplash courses they are subjected to bursts of color; additional events include Zombies by Color Dash, which adds the undead to the equation. Though the color will wash away, the memories will remain forever in the minds of all participants who aren't goldfish. Proceeds from Color Dash events benefit local children's charities and organizations.
On 10 a.m. on the first day of 2013, City Park's Great Lawn will fill with people ready to start the year off not with a resolution, but a commitment—a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. They'll run, walk, or jay-walk through the park and Marconi Drive on the flat, fast course, which it circles back to the Great Lawn where they started. After the race, runners can stick around for a post-race party to celebrate a successful first morning of the New Year.
In more than 30 cities across the nation, other runners will be participating in similar events as part of a movement that aims to stymie the rising rates of obesity and inaction in the United States.