Seven extreme athletes and one Royal Marine banded together to design Spartan Races' intense miles-long courses, each strewn with obstacles to test resilience, stamina, and strength. Clad in event T-shirts, runners collect smudges and stains as they clamber across mud pits, slide unscathed under barbed wire, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as three miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
Founder Sarah Rose McGuire dedicates her stable to rescuing and rehabilitating horses that may have been neglected or abused by a former owner. During lessons for children 3–12, both horse and child benefit from gentle interspecies interaction: the rescued horses learn to trust their pint-sized human partners and the children enjoy themselves or overcome their fears of riding or being recruited as a jockey. The 60-minute sessions illuminate the subtleties of equine grooming, tack, and proper riding form, with new riders leashed on a lead line until they demonstrate mounted mastery. An experienced trainer with a class A show pedigree conducts each lesson in a private one-on-one format, though two siblings may take their lessons together.
Helmed by Dr. Diane Arel and Dr. Mandy Garrison, Art of Smiles Dentistry offers a comprehensive range of dental services. From the basic cleaning to cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers, the doctors' combined experience of 26 years and several hours of continuing education ensures meticulous execution of any procedure. Art of Smiles Dentistry also offers treatments that help iron out facial wrinkles, such as Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eyecare has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.
Dr. Martin E. Burger of LASIK Specialists LLC Indiana tallies more than 69,000 successful LASIK procedures on an extensive resume. Fully immersed in the realm of refractive surgery, Dr. Burger belongs to the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Society of Refractive Surgery, and the American Osteopathic Association. Many patients who depend on their sight for their livelihood––including pilots, commercial drivers, and seeing-eye dogs––have sought out Dr. Burger for LASIK procedures, which can completely eradicate the need for glasses or contacts. His practice also encompasses a friendly staff and accompanying LASIK technologies such as premier LASIK, custom ablation, and high-definition vision.