Wear white, and be prepared for that shirt to never look the same. That's just about the only rule of the Color Blaze 5K, a technicolor event that's a little different than the standard run. For one, contestants don't have to run at all—in fact, they can mosey, lollygag, skip, crawl, jog, and backflip their way along the course. Rather than determining the best time, the non-competitive race is about the experience itself. At each successive mile, Blaze Zones powder participants in biodegradable—and even edible—colors, creating an army of fleet-footed Jackson Pollocks. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities, and an afterparty welcomes the newly prismatic to dance the day away in their freshly illustrated get-ups.
Medlab's teams of medical professionals quantify and assess important bodily systems at locations throughout a five-state Midwest region. Trained to work with patients of all ages, phlebotomists deftly retrieve blood with minimal discomfort, then process the samples to analyze vital statistics such as cholesterol, glucose levels, and sodium. Wait times that average 10 minutes free up precious time for patients.
A collection of adrenaline-pumping ziplines whoosh through the forest on Markin Farms Zipline Adventures’ 80-acre farm. The multilevel platforms, built high in the trees, connect the course’s ziplines, which pass above bubbling creeks, over ponds, and through time. The scenic course includes challenge areas and ends with a double-zip setup, where two riders race to the finish directly above or below one another, overlooking the sparkling water. The farm also offers specialty zips that glide through the forest after twilight or just as the sun sets.
At Solutions Skincare & Laser Center, husband-and-wife team Craig and Rachelle Hanson fuse medical-grade services with a spa atmosphere to help their clients defeat the aging process. For more than 15 years, the med spa’s aestheticians have helped boost clients' confidence and local mirror sales with a repertoire of skincare services that includes microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and facials.
Dr. Michael Carpenter, DDS and his experienced team of human ivory polishers instill a crystalline twinkle into smiles with general, family, and cosmetic dental services. This comprehensive oral-care session starts with a meticulous standard cleaning of the canine canyons, molar mountains, and incisorly enclaves. Next, a trained specialist plumbs the depths of the oral topography, screening for indications of gum disease and cancer.
The trio of skilled doctors at ProCare Vision Center counts more than 37 years of collective experience in tending eyes. Drs. Davis, Salyer, and Grillot minister to adult and elderly pupils, but specialize in pediatric eye care, assessing the vision loss of youngsters no longer able to see the Tooth Fairy. After the doctors have updated a prescription, the center’s knowledgeable eyewear experts help patients select lenses with anti-reflective coatings or assist them in ordering contacts. The staff also lends advice as clients navigate the center’s frames, which come from designers such as Gucci, Michael Kors, and Kate Spade, answering questions about which spectacles flatter face shapes or complement mustache tattoos.
At Dental Innovations, three experienced dentists boast more than 60 years of combined general dentistry experience, leading the charge with expert oral care and the latest technology. While experienced technicians blast away cavity-inducing tartar and unsightly plaque buildup, fluoride- and paste-flinging denticle polishers restore chompers to a youthful sparkle reminiscent of the days you hid them under pillows.