The formula for a perfect girl's night out is reinvented at the Pretty Muddy 5K. The staples are there: girlfriends ready to have fun,
Fans of Mario Kart know Rainbow Road as a glow-in-the-dark racecourse in outer space. So do fans of ABC's The Bachelor, only theirs is located on earth and strewn with more celebrities than turtle shells. To them, it's the series of inflatable arches that flashed hypnotically around Juan Pablo and Kat as they hurtled through the Electric Run. Seth Rogen, Carmen Electra, and a pink-wigged Vanessa Hudgens have also been spotted among the global event's hordes of runners and walkers.
Rainbow Road is just one of many "lands" that make up Electric Run's luminescent 5K. Any given Electric Run course contains five to seven of these brightly lit zones, each decorated according to its theme with neon trees, hanging umbrellas, phosphorescent cacti, and cascading fountains. Each land also matches the surroundings with its own soundtrack: upbeat and energizing for the wilder areas, calming and melodic for the surreal ones. Once the sun sets, participants travel through them all at their preferred pace. Everyone arrives at the same final destination, however?a DJ-propelled after party that keeps the night illuminated until the thunderous ka-chunk of the sun's timecard.
Owned and operated by accomplished golfers, Accelerized Golf at Heritage takes a high-tech approach to improving swings and scores. The instructors rely heavily on visuals, especially technology that makes finding flaws and analyzing the golf swing a much simpler process. One of those tools, called Hotlines, uses more than 20 virtual markers to track the different positions of a student's swing. Instead of sending the results to NASA for in-depth analysis, though, the equipment provides instant feedback so tweaks to swing mechanics can be integrated on the spot. Students reap the benefits of Accelerized Golf's accelerated process during single and group lessons, and can retain their improvements by practicing at the facility in between sessions.
Your Fired Creations believes that there is an artist inside everyone. Instead of climbing into a microscopic submarine to find them inside the bloodstream, the staff keep a hearty supply of equipment on hand to coax creative talents out though pottery, painting, and other activities. The studio's friendly instructors, including owner and certified art teacher Ann Marie Alford, provide guidance to keep creativity flowing freely from station to station. Wheel-throwing classes teach visitors how to knead and knuckle spinning clumps of clay into pieces of art, and fused-glass sessions transform tiny panes into colorful patchworks. Clients can also drag brushes through glazes and paints to decorate pottery or create colorful portraits.
For all that South Side Riders does for people?from lessons to trail rides to children's pony parties?it's their horses that benefit the most. The saddle club rescues its horses from less-than-ideal situations across the state and trains them to become gentle, friendly animals that can fulfill the role of a riding companion or a model for saddle fashion shows. The noble steeds carry riders during lessons as well as trail rides, which either follow a path along neighboring streets on the Urban Ride or traverse acres of trails through Boundary Waters park.
At 5-Tool Sports Training Center's 7,000 square-foot, air-conditioned facility, David Collings—a former scholarship player at Andrew College and the University of West Georgia—leads a team of specialized instructors whose collective experience includes minor-league play and collegiate-level coaching. Together the team shapes young baseball players with results-oriented clinics, including a pitching program designed after those used by major-league franchises and the Chinese national team. Other sessions range from summer camps that cover all aspects of the game to position-specific clinics, such as introductory and advanced catching with Mike Day––a four-time College World Series catcher who went on to play with the Montreal Expos.
To keep their skill set sharp, athletes can schedule time in one of four 55-foot hitting cages, two of which boast Iron Mike pitching machines or two dedicated pitching lanes. Private instruction gives kids individualized feedback, and a video-analysis room allows them to see the errors in their swing or the understated chicness of swapping out a cap for a beret.