At Runners Roost, the staff members don’t just outfit athletes with shoes in the right sizes—they make sure the footwear matches each wearer’s individual needs with a thorough gait-and-arch analysis. As discussed during an interview with Colorado and Company, the staff records video of clients’ feet as they jog on a treadmill, then examines still frames to assess whether the shoes are offering proper support. With this method, customers can find the ideal footwear from brands such as New Balance, Saucony, and Nike for both women and men.
Channeling wisdom collected over the company’s 35 years in business, the pros at Runners Roost’s numerous Colorado locations also outfit athletes with accessories and sweat-wicking apparel perfect for triathlons over hot coals. In addition to supporting feet, Runners Roost has supported the local community throughout the years by sponsoring high-school cross-country and track meets, marathons, and other events.
A rainbow of paint showers Dynamic Paintball's 8 acres, where players weave between bunkers. Year round, these simulated battlefields host games of intense Capture the Flag, during which participants must dodge acrylic salvos, hide behind wooden structures, and race across grassy fields. To keep things fun yet safe, Dynamic Paintball's staffers supervise all games and matches up players based on skill level. They also set up paintball battles for bachelor parties and birthdays.
Away from the technicolor warzone, a shaded staging area lets groups strategize and grab bites to eat. Players can also head over to Dynamic Paintball's proshop, where staffers repair damaged gear and recommend new paintball guns from the likes of Tippmann.
Game-Set-Match, Inc. caters to tennis players with speedy racket-stringing services alongside a sizable inventory of court-friendly apparel, equipment, and accessories. United States Racquet Stringers Association–certified stringers thread frames with a wide assortment of single-filament, multifilament, and blended strings. Every racket revitalization is finished within 24 hours, letting players return to lobbing volleys, aces, and misdirected pigeons in no time. Meanwhile, the tennis center's shelves abound with gear from brand names such as Babolat, Dunlop, and Adidas. Stock courtside armories or a canine birthday party with an armful of Wilson Grand Slam tennis balls ($7.99 for a three-pack), or don a Nike hat or visor to block the sun's angry glare from your serving motion ($15–$20). Court connoisseurs can also apply this Groupon toward a higher-value item, cutting the cost of a durable Prince EX03 tennis racket ($199.99) or a fashionable Whak Sak tennis backpack ($79.99).
The 80 acres of playing fields at Paintball Adventures stay open throughout the year, inviting players to decorate their opponents’ forest- and snow-camouflage suits with daubs of color. Eight areas spread out across the facility, each offering a varied selection of terrain, obstacles, and structures. In the wooded fields, players dart between trees and forts to keep from being spotted by the rival team. The scenario fields host a series of fortresses, which participants defend against enemies intent on stealing flags and adding them to their grandmother's victory quilt. Speedball fields house inflatable obstacles and outfits players with high-pressure air fills and equipment rental. The staff also chronographs paintball markers for free to preserve the safety of games.
Manned by a staff of well-equipped veteran fly-fishing experts, Rocky Mountain Flyfishing Guides offers both full-day and half-day fly-fishing trips. Guides lead anglers of all levels, from beginner to advanced, for a chance at the grand slam: rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, brown trout, and brook trout, all viewed and fished in a single trip. The mountainous landscapes, seen from the South Platte River, Clear Creek Canyon, Blue River, and Bear Creek, surround fishermen in dramatic scenery, including towering pine trees, giant red rocks, and bright-blue skies. In addition to guided trips, the staff also leads classes for all experience levels, including courses designed for women and families, on the South Platte River.