As one of NASCAR's Home Tracks, Elko Speedway hosts the grassroots feeder races of the Whelen All-American Series. This local racing program, founded in 1982, is the breeding and training floor for future race champions and cereal endorsers. Since its inception, the series has served as a starting point for many of NASCAR's stars, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Greg Biffle, and Clint Bower, who also made up a singing pizza-delivery trio before dropping the musical aspect and focusing on their delivery-speed strengths. Local and regional hopefuls and surefuls challenge drivers from as many as 60 different tracks in two- and three-lane races on the high-banked 3/8-mile paved oval. With four racing divisions, cars range from highly modified Super Late Models with fiberglass frames or aluminum bodies to the Sportsman, which features major engine and suspension modifications, as well as factory-direct Thunder Cars and Power Stocks. Each race concludes with live music for those who miss the hip-shaking of victory dances necessarily absent when winning is exuberantly expressed in victory doughnuts and champagne baths.
The Life Time Turkey Day 5K jump-starts Thanksgiving celebrations with a healthy, full-body feast of exercise, with proceeds benefiting local food organizations. Starting on the world-famous Fremont Street, pavement stompers weave past the historic downtown vistas lining Las Vegas Boulevard, home to myriad celebrities, reality television shows, and retired slot machines. After coasting to a finish beneath the Fremont Street Experience, participants gather for a postrace party, where refreshments, music, and chances to win prizes from sponsors accompany huffs and puffs of accomplishment. Additionally, strollers are permitted during the race but must line up behind individual runners and must not be equipped with nitrous.
At Green Lotus Yoga & Healing Center, instructors facilitate spiritual growth from the inside out. Yoga and mat Pilates classes can improve your strength and balance, while meditation sessions foster relaxation via breathing exercises. Inside intimate treatment rooms, practitioners administer a wide range of holistic healing services, including acupuncture, massage, and reiki. Founders Marcia Appel and Merry Beth Hovey also lead retreats, such as a recent trip to India, where students were able to deepen their studies and sharpen their agility by striking a tree pose atop the spires of the Taj Mahal.