The fashion aficionados at Sportie LA San Diego stock exclusive sneakers and threads in rare and hard to find styles and colors from brands such as Adidas, Clarks, Asics, Fila, Lacoste, Puma, and Sperry Top Sider. Their cache of cool clothes extends to items such as select track jackets, old-school flat-bill hats, and retro wear such as fedoras and suspenders that keep shoelaces from dragging.
Many 5K races try to drum up enthusiasm with costume contests, obstacles, and other bells and whistles. But not the After Dark Dash. As its official website states, the race promises, ?No fads. No gimmicks. Just you, the pavement, and the city lights.? Yes, this race is all business?at least, until the race ends, when runners are treated to beverages, fresh eats, and music at a local hangout.
The race series takes over four US cities?San Diego, Sacramento, Boise, and Denver?and uses the simplicity of the city lights as a backdrop for each meditative jaunt. Courses zigzag through some of the hippest neighborhoods and historic districts in town, presenting runners with the chance to simultaneously explore new areas and the limits of their tender Achilles tendons.
Ordinary folks can ride beside Olympians at Chula Vista BMX. The facility's outdoor track, part of the USA Olympic Training Center, is designed for and open to beginners and Olympians alike. Operated by pro Tyler Brown, the track hosts weekly races where riders soar over dirt jumps and other adrenaline-pumping obstacles.
To prepare novices for their first contest, Tyler leads weekly clinics that focus on BMX fundamentals, such as pedaling and pumping over jumps. He also instructs sessions for advanced bikers, which hone in on more technical skills like race strategy and how to dismantle training-wings during airborne tricks. Rental bikes and helmets are available to all visitors, who must wear long sleeves, long pants, and closed toe shoes.