For the fourth race on its 2012 tour, the American Drag Racing League returns to Gateway Motorsports Park's 1/8-mile drag strip for the first time since 2010. Piloting dragsters separated into seven all-professional racing classes, from Top Sportsman to Pro Extreme, drivers rocket down the track so quickly that they finish each race younger than when they began. The SuperCar Showdown—a new feature on the 2012 circuit—pits the latest consumer automobiles against one another in no-holds-barred drag race free from the usual handicaps, performance restrictions, and rules against fiddling with rival drivers' preset radio stations. After reopening under the helm of former Indy driver Curtis Francois, Gateway Motorsports Park has stepped up its devotion to motorsports of all kinds, looking beyond the drag strip to fill its amphitheater-style seats with fans of everything from hot rods to world-class stock cars.
PGA Class-A professional and head of instruction Paul Surniak imparts hard-won golf wisdom accrued through 28 years of teaching experience to help his clients hunt birdies and evade mulligans. The six-time winner of the Colorado Long Drive Championship shares his knowledge through individualized lessons, while also utilizing advanced golf technology to develop consistent muscle memory and improve swing mechanics. During semiprivate lessons, Paul can address any aspect of the golf game, including short game, hitting off the tee, and golf-specific fitness. His video analysis and launch-monitor-assessment techniques also unveil whether players are using clubs that accommodate particular motions. In addition to physical guidance, Paul counsels students on the mental and strategic elements of the game, such as making swing adjustments on the fly and correctly answering the riddles of greenside gnomes.
Pikes Peak Athletics founders Anna and George Heidinger are a real power couple: he's worked for years as a strength conditioning and swim trainer, she as a swim club coach and former Olympic Trails qualifier. But their decades of aquatic achievement haven't made them narrowly focused swimmers whose skin starts shriveling on dry land. In small-group and private lessons, they view even the most advanced students not as swimmers but as "people who swim," and, consequently, take a relationship-first approach to instruction.
The Heidingers are aided by a squad of experienced junior and senior coaches, each certified in CPR, first aid, and water safety—and each extensively shadowed by a head instructor and a benevolent water spirit before being turned loose to instruct on their own. Beyond basic lessons and intensive coaching, staff also organize seasonal swim teams, and lead an annual swim camp that helps students hone the four major strokes and other aquatic competition skills using video playback.
With an emphasis on neutralizing real-world threats as quickly and efficiently as possible, Krav Maga teaches students of all ages and fitness levels how to confidently defend themselves in dangerous situations. Instructor Robert Koski formally studied this form of self-defense at the invitation-only Wingate Academy in Israel?the country where the system historically flourished?and he brought that valuable knowledge and experience back to Krav Maga of Southern Colorado. The studio's teachers lead classes for beginners as well as advanced students, guiding attendees through full-body workouts that incorporate relatively simple, yet highly effective striking, grappling, and magical disappearing techniques. In addition to steadily bolstering attendees' strength and stamina over time, Krav Maga practice can also imbue individuals with improved confidence and mental fortitude.
After taking up the game as an adult, real-estate broker Shawn Jardine started Diva Golf to bring women of all ages and abilities together in a golf club that emphasizes fun and fellowship. The club lets members enjoy golf in a pressure-free, socially oriented atmosphere with its weekly Nine and Wine events, during which members test their swing in a nine-hole round before sipping a dulcet vintage, networking with fellow ladies of the links, and trading suspenseful golf-ball rescue stories at the clubhouse. Members also meet for group lessons, practice sessions, and community events such as wine tastings and charity gatherings. With optional events scheduled regularly at both public and private courses, Diva Golf provides members a path to new friends and improved golf skills without having to pose as Scottish socialites.
The world's a big place, and filled with delicious things to eat. At the World Food Festival, organizers take the travel out of culinary adventures, gathering more than 60 international artisans at Cheyenne Mountain Resort for a one-day expo of flavors from around the globe. From the local barbecue experts to international coffee roasters bearing fair-trade Ugandan beans, the artisan exhibitors will expand guests' horizons on subjects ranging from wine-making and tea imports to delicate pastry techniques. After discovering fresh sauces at a cooking demo or taking in a live music or dance performance, attendees can pop over to the Market Bazaar. There, they'll find an international array of non-edible goods include jewelry and fabrics.