The outing starts with detailed classroom instruction from a veteran driver. Learn the basics off-road before your track tour by van, during which you'll learn how to navigate the concrete sea and brush up on pit road procedures. Finally, you'll suit up in racing gear and helmet for eight laps in an official NASCAR Sprint Cup Car with an instructor onboard to feed you marshmallows while you steer. The 60-foot-wide, three-quarters-of-a-mile loop features a front stretch of 890 feet and back straightaway of 860 feet, with 14-degree banking turns around a D-shaped oval track. Check the schedule for upcoming dates, then call to reserve a spot at the starting line.
Theatre VCU serves up professional-quality productions of beloved shows, passionately acted and staged by VCU students. Veteran TV and movie actor Casey Biggs helms the production of the Tony-winning The Elephant Man, telling the tale of the titular, deformed John Merrick as he struggles to express his sensitive soul despite his frightening appearance and propensity to enthusiastically show off his collection of handmade knives. Beautiful period costumes plunge audiences headfirst into the appearance-obsessed world of 1880s London while live cello accompaniment lends the show a backdrop of haunting melodies. The stage's centerpiece—a 100-pound cathedral that hangs over the action—contrasts with the irregular angles and warped construction of the set, evoking the tension between Merrick's appearance and personality and the crushing terror of living beneath an inexplicably floating stone building.
At Richmond Balance, trainers forge bodies to match the beauty of life-changing events. Their new mommy boot-camp classes help ladies achieve post-pregnancy goals, such as a slimmer stomach or arms that can change stroller tires without a jack. Support remains the common element of these specialized programs—the staff gathers students with similar objectives and capitalizes on a sense of camaraderie. The same method guides the Balanced Buddies system, in which partners share the same personal trainer.
Even outside the communal atmosphere of classes, Richmond Balance prioritizes an intimate, custom approach to health. Its certified trainers will travel to homes for private sessions or supervise clients as they sweat aboard the gym's Precor, Tuff Stuff, and Schwinn equipment. During workouts, guests can occupy their eyes by watching the individual flat-screen televisions on select machines or by counting the exposed bricks on the walls around them.