Home of the Virginia Derby each summer, Colonial Downs Racetrack upholds the age old Southern tradition of horse racing with a pair of impressive tracks. At 180 feet wide, the Secretariat Turf Course plays host to the derby as well as other summer thoroughbred races. Measuring at 1.25 miles, the outside dirt track is the second largest in the country—dwarfed only by Belmont Park— and plays host the pacers and trotters in the fall harness races. As Virginia's only site for pari-mutuel betting, Colonial Downs attracts droves of racing fans and wandering derby hats throughout the season. Once inside the gates, visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds from the outdoor grandstand or relax in one of Colonial Downs' club and suite seating options, most of which offer dining and betting services, TVs linked to off-track races, and unobstructed birds-eye views of either track outside.
PGA pro Josh McKim had already been in the golf industry for more than a decade when he decided to found Victory Golf & Events in 2012. Through the company, he ties together some seemingly disparate skills—event management, retail sales, and showing others how to golf well enough that galleries start forming as soon as they leave the house. He boasts authorized retailer status for Nike Golf, allowing him to conduct free fittings for purchases of all clubs and order the needed specs directly from the manufacturer. As point man for the event management and planning wing of the firm, he's hosted more than 500 charity and corporate events and helped raise more than $1 million for charities, handling all aspects of the production from venue selection and contracts to marketing and logistics.
As they enter the training circuit at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. Thirty seconds is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.