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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.

2400 E Capitol St NE
Washington,
DC
US

The 88’x184’ Mateflex court inside Benfield Sportscenter is a shape-shifter. One day, it might be a full-size soccer field ready for child or adult leagues. The next, it could be a baseball, field hockey, or lacrosse field. Or maybe it'll be split into several different volleyball and basketball courts, with one corner cordoned off for competitive I-spy tournaments. Whatever the sport, Benfield's staff can set up the indoor arena to meet the athletes' needs. Away from the arena, Benfield Sportscenter encompasses a 1,400-square-foot training area with exercise equipment, as well as a lobby with WiFi and a snack bar.

In addition to open sessions and leagues, the staff teaches a carefully designed child-development program for ages 3 to 5. The curriculum starts with a multi-sport class, then moves on to a tri-sport class, before finally placing kids in single-sport sessions. This encourages children to find their ideal sport, whether it's basketball, baseball, hockey, tennis, or lacrosse.

1031 Benfield Blvd
Millersville,
MD
US

Justin Smith's athletic resume is pretty impresive. He's a three-time NCAA champion, and recipient of 2005's Division III player of the year award. He's a Major League Lacrosse player for the New York Lizards, Chesapeake Bayhawks, and Philadelphia Barrage, with whom he won two world championships. While all these achievements summarize Justin Smith's lacrosse career, they leave out one of the most important parts: teacher. During private and semi-private sessions at Annapolis Lacrosse Lessons, Justin draws on his pro skills to nurture the sport's budding talents. Through a series of intensive drills, he helps students refine their stickwork, master dodging defense, and boost their speed with a host of teaching methods, including using a radar gun or having students study tapes of old road-runner cartoons.

4891 Telsa Drive
Bowie,
MD
US

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.

2471 18th Street Northwest
Washington,
DC
US

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.

PO Box 31322
Alexandria,
VA
US

Established: 2011
Reservations/Appointments: Required
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

Q&A with James Mundia, Director Of Training

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.

PO Box 101585
Arlington,
VA
US