When visitors step inside Thunder Alley Bowling Center, they only need to listen to know where the owners came up with the name. Bowling balls hurtle down 36 lanes and smatter pins, resulting in an uproar of cheering bowlers and a symphony of rented shoes shuffling across the slick floor. As points tally overhead on a series of screens, bowlers can root for their friends or refuel with burgers, salads, and wings at the Strike Zone Snack Bar. Elsewhere, a pro shop caters to athletes’ equipment needs, and on Fridays and Saturdays, blacklights transform the alley into a glow-in-the-dark wonderland for cosmic bowl. The lanes also come equipped with removable bumpers to accommodate younger bowlers and bowling balls with astigmatism.
Nestled in the cool shadows of Cheyenne Mountain, Cheyenne Shadows Golf Club’s 18-hole course invites clubbers with its scenic layout cleaved through high-desert terrain. Drives knife through the air with a little extra gusto, as the dry desert air—at an elevation of 6,224-feet above sea level—and golf angels conspire to add length to shots. The club’s verdant expanse also encompasses a multifaceted learning center, including a driving range with grass hitting areas, a short-game green flanked by a practice bunker, a putting green, and a three-hole children’s course. The casual dining room of Mulligan’s Grill awaits to quench hunger pangs with a menu of burgers, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and salads.
Eschewing traditional race rules and methods, Dirty Dashers must overcome a slew of mud-slicked obstacles, including mucky climbing hills, crawling pipes, slip 'n slides, and bear hugs from Pigpen. Organizers encourage runners to sign up with friends to foster a fun-loving environment, and along the way, racers fuel up at optional beer- or root-beer-chugging stations. Further demonstrating its commitment to outdoor high jinks, each event's registration fees, donations, water-balloon sales, and shoe donations benefit local charities, such as NM[X]—an arts and athletics youth organization—and the Seattle-based Redeeming Soles charity, which dispenses gently used footwear to those in need.