Like a ninja star thrown into a westerly wind, Universal Kempo Karate worked its way east from its first Hawaii location, founded in 1966. It arrived in Colorado Springs in 1980, expanding quickly to multiple locations. The instructors honor the programs that were passed down to them, teaching kids physical fitness combined with mental discipline and expanding into combat techniques as they become adults. Students engage calories in battle, burning them in cardio-focused kickboxing classes that eliminate moves with a risk of injury.
Color Me Rad is back and better than ever with its 2015 tour, staging 5K races that transform runners into mobile rainbows by launching cheerful barrages of colored cornstarch and a whole new GEL color. Each color station along the racetrack flings a new pigment at passersby, who wear white shirts to enhance the chromatic onslaught's costuming effects. Brilliant neon-blue, green, purple, and yellow clouds dapple participants along the way, and the race concludes with a prismatic finish-line finale as sprinters chuck colors at each other in celebration. The race's noncompetitive credo shifts the emphasis from speed to silliness, and a portion of its proceeds go to local charities.
Upon registration, each runner collects a Color Me Rad T-shirt and a pair of RAD knee-high socks, sponsor gifts, and a race bib. Also, new for 2015, all runners will receive access to free professional digital photo downloads. Though they don't receive a gift packet, runners who are 7 years old and younger can sprint for free, provided they have a waiver signed by a guardian and won't give in to demands for gold from confused leprechauns.
Laser tag and paintball are fun, but
one doesn't let you actually see when you've hit an opponent and the other never matches your nail color. The projectiles at Dart Warz - Colorado Springs make a softer, yet equally visual impact?they're foam darts fired from a plastic Nerf gun. In the indoor arena, dubstep music gets heartbeats racing as players duck behind color-trimmed black blocks and try to out-dart their opponents. On weekend evenings, the lights turn low for glow-in-the-dark games and players who want to engage in weekly competition can sign up for a league team.
Capsules do all the work at Aquarius Tanning Salon & High Tech Spa, where high-tech equipment takes the place of spa technicians. Clients step into tanning beds outfitted with Wolff lamps to turn their skin a bronzer hue, or lay down inside of the slim capsule to boost their metabolism and burn calories. Aquarius's other booths hydrate the skin, soften fine lines and wrinkles, and mist UV-free spray tans.
There's strength in numbers at Colorado Springs Dentistry. For one, All Smiles Dental Group's team consists of general and cosmetic dentists, as well as four board-certified specialists. Woodland Park Dental Group boasts a dentist, orthodontist, endodontist, and oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The Woodmen Dental Group has a team of cosmetic and general dentists, two orthodontists, and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. South Springs Dental Group hosts a general dentist, oral surgeon, and endodontist for complex work. Finally, Colorado Dental Group's team features three dentists and a host of hygienists with flexible hours.
Combined, these medical professionals can cover most areas of dental care. They administer regular exams, perform orthodontic and periodontal work, and make over smiles with cosmetic implants or ultrathin Lumineers. The dentists and specialists also work alongside several hygienists, many of whom are working during most business hours.
Snow-capped peaks peer over Springs Ranch Golf Course, adding a scenic backdrop to a 7,107-yard layout that reflects the player-friendly design philosophy of course architect Richard M. Phelps. In a gesture of sympathy for golfers who crush seemingly perfect drives only to find their ball in the angry grip of a well-concealed bird watcher, Richard placed hazards in plainly visible locations with few to no blind spots. However, transparency doesn't always transfer to success on the course—Springs Ranch packs plenty of hazard-ridden holes that demand precise shots, including the 404-yard, par-4 third hole, where golfers must avoid a pond off of the tee and clear a waste bunker with their approach shot or a perfectly timed kick. Along with two ponds and a gauntlet of bunkers, tall grasses line the fairways, tempering aggressive play and adding an authentic, Scottish feel to the links-style layout.
Springs Ranch also offers a driving range, lessons, and clinics taught by resident aces. After a day at the links, golfers can revive muscles weary from bench-pressing golf carts with a burger, bratwurst, or platter of fish 'n' chips at the Springs Ranch Bar and Grill.
Course at a Glance:
* 18-hole, par-72 course
* Length of 7,107 yards from the farthest tees
* Course rating of 72.9 from the farthest tees
* Slope rating of 136 from the farthest tees
* Five tee options