Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color––which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly-named Dye Zone—a polychromatic free-for-all, where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.
Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, gray, or another neutral color to give the dyes maximum visibility.
The first stat listed beneath a coach's name at Perfect Performance is his or her specialization. Wide receivers and running backs, tight ends and offensive linemen, speed and combine––each coach boasts a different area of expertise. Which is good news for school-aged athletes, who can choose from a few sports-specific options at the training facility. General speed and strength conditioning classes focus on core strength and stability, acceleration and deceleration mechanics, and agility and quickness. More than 10 programs welcome kids as young as 7 to hone their game.
But no matter on which program young athletes decide, the overarching methodology remains the same. Coaches create goals for each athlete based on a four-step process: evaluation, post-evaluation consultation, training, and post-training evaluation. In this way, they maintain a level of transparency with both student and parents about where athletes stand and how they've progressed.
For more than 12 years, Metro Sports has given amateur and competitive players alike the chance to quench their thirst for the game with other co-ed teammates. Presided over by expert officials, teams play near the National Mall every spring, summer, and fall, making sure to avoid waking the kraken that lives in the reflecting pool.
While softball is an available adult co-ed league, Metro Sports offers more sports as well. Refereed soccer leagues face off during battles of thrilling breakaways and impassioned goaltending year-round, moving to an indoor turf field every winter. Volleyball seasons likewise divide between indoor and outdoor courts. Each metro-accessible game takes place at various locations in northwest D.C..
United Social Sports brings recreational athletes together to socialize and showcase their hand-eye coordination. Free agents or team-sized groups register for the organization’s casual coed leagues dedicated to traditional sports such as softball and volleyball as well as carnival games such as cornhole and skee-ball. Each league hosts 6–8 weekly matches, which culminate in a final tournament and an end-of-season party—much like youth-sports leagues, but with postgame drink specials.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Group soccer lessons
Recommended Age Group: Kids
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
One of my first jobs was a youth soccer coach for 4 to 6-year-olds at an indoor soccer facility. I fell in love with coaching and helping kids get better at the game. That continued when I took on older kids, eventually coaching at the high school and college level, where I am now. Soccer is a unique sport in that there are so many different qualities needed to be a successful player, and I am passionate about helping families unlock the codes to achieve that.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Kids should come ready to play with soccer gear on, their ball, shin guards, a spare T-shirt, and water or a sports drink. We'll be doing a lot of work, most of it with the ball, so they should be ready to run and work hard.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love meeting new families and helping them get the most out of their soccer experience. The kids are always amazing and I like challenging them to become better players and better people.
Merseybank Club is a collective of private coaches who help individuals and groups sharpen sport-specific skills. According to the core beliefs that guide Merseybank, private, personalized coaching is the key to success. Since coaches here often have years of playing experience, they feel honored share the love of the game and to help budding athletes succeed in a sport they feel so connected to. With programs in soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and more, the organization proffers guides for almost every type of athlete.