Runners and walkers clad in white Blacklight Run T-shirts gather and prepare for the starting bell. Once it sounds, they take off to run a simple 5K route, but by end, they?ll hardly recognize themselves. That?s because along the way they will pass glow zones, where watchers douse them in a nontoxic neon powder that glows under the black lights and changes their clothes into artwork. Once they cross the finish line, they attend the Blacklight Run After Party, complete with DJ-spun tunes and another color throw every 15 minutes as photographers snap shots.
Throngs of excited runners crouch along the starting line, all dressed in pristine white T-shirts. As the Color in Motion 5K begins, the sea of bodies sets off along the course, where handfuls of purple-, blue-, and yellow-colored powder start flying in from the sidelines. The safe concoction of cornstarch and dye sprinkles onto faces, shirts, shorts, and skin, dressing runners in a technicolor haze. Teams or individuals make their way through the 5K course, and finish the race wearing a pallet of washable and biodegradable paint. Each race partners and benefits local charities, with racers running individually, in teams, or sponsored by their favorite Crayola color.
Here are the sounds you'll hear at a typical marathon: huff, puff, wheeze, snort, repeat. Here are the sounds you'll hear at the Hit and Run 5K: sploosh, boing, splat, whoopee, and other onomatopoeias that haven't yet been invented. Less like a race and more like running through a living cartoon, the Hit and Run 5K's obstacle course of inflatable onslaughts has been known to "make ninjas cry."
Dodging, ducking, leaping, and balancing across a wet-and-rubbery battlefield, contestants face formidable foes such as the giant spinning balls of the Duck or Dive, the unreliable puffy poles of the Wobble Walk, the flying wet menaces at the Whacking Wall, and the Bouncy Bridge, which is kind of like London's Tower Bridge if it were any fun. All contestants receive their own spiffy T-shirts and matching headbands?a fetching ensemble that instantly deflates roving dodge balls?along with a hearty packet of deals from the race's sponsors.
The surf culture of the 1960s lives on at Cowabunga Bay. A wood-paneled station wagon, bright floral beach umbrellas, and a 1967 Volkswagen bus parked alongside the lazy river all showcase the water park's vintage aesthetic. The 35,000-square-foot wave pool even features a backdrop inspired by drive-in theaters, allowing visitors to debate the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey while swells roll into shore.
Despite its sunny vintage trappings, Cowabunga Bay boasts thoroughly modern attractions. The Zuma Zooma slide, for instance, drops riders from a launch capsule 73 feet above the ground and sends them flying around a 360-degree horizontal loop before they splash into a pool. The Point Panic slide provides a different sort of thrilling experience, as visitors twist and turn within a pitch-black slide illuminated by occasional bursts of color. A separate section of smaller slides and splash pools welcomes younger guests, and casual snack shops and cafes serve pizza, nachos, and classic pineapple whip.
Currently the reigning champions of the United Football League, the Locomotives plan on maintaining their title with their 2010 roster, starting with a rematch against their championship rivals, the Florida Tuskers. Win or lose, football fans will get the full UFL experience, including a fan festival from 5 p.m. to kick-off, interactive inflatables, a cheerleading performance, and a live concert by Yellow Brick Road. Cheer on the Locos as the UFL enters its exciting second season with today's side deal.
For 18 years, the valiant knights, crafty knaves, gracious ladies, and bawdy wenches of Clark County Parks and Recreation have whisked festival-goers back to Renaissance times. A three-day schedule melds historical reenactments, jousting tournaments, and pageantry with the wares of more 200 vendors peddling handcrafted treasures and leather-bound everything. The entertainment guide lists must-see performances, including colorfully costumed minstrels and musicians, daring knife- or fire-jugglers, fearless jousters on decorated warhorses, and scurvy pirates and their talkative parrot companions. In the vendors area, browse gold and silver jewelry, sparkling stained glass, authentic costumes, heady perfumes, handmade pottery, and battle-ready swords and armor. Food vendors sate appetites with meat pies, bangers and mash, and other traditional Renaissance fare. Re-entry is prohibited to prevent knights from fetching modern technology to settle old scores, thus altering history forever.