It's a charity race with a back story like none other: bloodthirsty demons have been working in your community's offices, living in its homes, attending its schools. And now they're on the hunt and people are running for their lives. Citizens might be booking it across a field, seemingly far from the chaos, when shapes emerge on the horizon dressed head-to-toe in vampires' telltale black clothes. If you're a citizen, be prepared to run. If you're a vampire?lock in your target.
That's just part of what you might experience on the Vampire 5K, a twilight fun run where participants can register as "citizens" or "vampires" and take off from two separate starting lines. Both camps eventually converge in a chase that finds vamps trying to convert their mortal counterparts to the dark side. Citizens, dressed in white, sport two garlic flags; if the flags are taken before runners cross their finish line, they switch to a black tee and chase citizens. After the race, a moonlit party finds both camps sipping bloody marys during a dance party and award presentation. The race benefits the Mission to Hear Foundation, which provides hearing aids to underprivileged children, adults, and whatever they're calling the age group that comes in between these days.
E-470 Public Highway Authority ensures that drivers traversing the 47-mile beltway on the perimeter of the Denver metropolitan area have a reliable and safe commute. After redeeming this Groupon, customers will be shipped a toll transponder to attach to their cars. Like a bridge troll with an MBA, the authority's EXpressToll system automatically senses the transponder and deducts tolls from a driver's account every time he or she uses a toll road. Registered highwaymen and -women receive a 20% discount on tolls on E-470, leaving hard-earned money in wallets for remodeling doghouses or sending children to clown college. Detail-oriented day-trippers should refer to the online toll calculator for an idea of how much certain distances will cost.
Nominated for ABC 7's Best Ice Cream Shop five years in a row, Gelazzi whips up 34 flavors of gelato fresh every morning, using fresh fruits and dry ingredients carefully culled and imported from Italy. Introduce your flavor receptacles to caramel from Avellino, rich chocolate from Torino, or lemons from Aversa, available by the scoop ($3.75) or in a belgian-waffle bowl ($6.99). Gelazzi's fluffy frozen treats are also made using 2% fresh milk rather than cream, making it less fattening and giving the unique flavors room to dance in your mouth.
The most difficult thing about the supercar driving experiences at Oxotic might be the first thing drivers do: actually choosing a ride. he company keeps its fleet of uber rare $300,000 supercars. Once drivers make their selection, though, it's a straight shot to the open road. Each experience begins with a brief orientation, during which instructors explain how every doodad in the car works so drivers don't hit the wrong button and accidentally shoot silly string from the exhaust pipe. The driving experiences themselves range from five to 100 miles in length, and souvenirs?such as high-def video recordings of rides?keep adrenalin rushes going long after the pistons stop pumping.
For almost 20 years, Colorado Sports Rental has helped visitors and locals alike get their adrenaline pumping in any season with gear in affordable rental packages. In the summer, they lend out recently purchased jet skis, fishing boats, and dirt bikes; the winter months bring new models of skis and snowboards from brands such as Burton, Neversummer, and Salomon, which patrons can rent for a day or all season. To accommodate resort hoppers, the staff can also supply ski racks and Thule boxes for the tops of cars.
John Georgis?a.k.a Banjo Billy?drives an old school bus. It isn't the standard canary-yellow vehicle, though: the roof has been cut off and replaced with wooden fence slats and pitched tin. The seats have been ripped out and replaced with rows of couches, reclining chairs, and leather saddles. A glimmering disco ball hangs from the roof, and a rubber chicken affixed to the grill announces the bus' presence with a playful tone. Even though it resembles a mobile mountain shack, John's vehicle is often filled with guests eager to get a glimpse of Boulder or Denver on one of Banjo Billy's Bus Tours as seen on NPR's "Nickel Tour" series.