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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.

10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy
New Kent,
VA
US

Called America's Best New Public Course Under $75 in 2006 by Golf Digest, King Carter’s course of scenic fairways and championship tees challenges ball-smackers of every strength. Up to two golfers can club through King Carter’s par 71 greenery (up to $49 value each), which features up to 6,818 yards of majestic vineyard views. King Carter’s Old World–inspired course design invites golfers with its natural woods, glistening streams, dramatic contours, and sand traps hosting life-size dioramas of The Iliad. Game-day golfers will also receive two small buckets of range balls (a $3 value each) to practice at King Carter’s 20 station tees and short-game area, plus a cart for cruising the fairways. After swinging their way across the well-tended turf, metal-rod-wielders can mend fatigued physiques with a meal fit for a summer camper: chips, a bottle of soda, and a choice of a hot dog, hamburger, or cheeseburger (an $8 value).

10100 Kentland Trail
Providence Forge,
VA
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Jamaican Me Laugh: Features the Second City–trained comedy stylings of Patrick Murray and his puppet accomplice Matilda.

305 East 9 Mile Road
Highland Springs,
VA
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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.

8400 Old Church Road
New Kent,
VA
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The creators of Graffiti Run use the term ?run? very loosely. Less of a race, and more a celebration of the human spirit, the Graffiti Run encourages participants to dash, dance, prance, skip, cartwheel, or walk the course as they douse each other in vibrant hues that span the full spectrum. Each run also donates a portion of proceeds to a local charity, which range from Special Olympics affiliates and scholarship funds to city cleanup and beautification projects.

10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy.
Providence Forge,
VA
US

The Color and Glow Run could just as easily be called the Color and Glow Walk, or the Color and Glow Dance. It?s not important how fast racers finish the 5K course, what?s important is what those runners wear. As long as they sport a white T-shirt, they can enjoy a colorful or glow-in-the-dark makeover at the hands of the race?s volunteer crew.

Colonial Downs
New Kent,
Virginia
US