A new zombie horde rises, hungry for the packs of humans that flee in a desperate fight to see another day. This isn't a vision of a postapocalyptic future—it happens every fall at the Zombie Run Challenge, an event in which participants dressed as zombies chase down human competitors in a race for both survival and top prizes. After registering, competitors separate into the two factions, each with separate goals. In the course of up to two hours, zombies attempt to turn humans by capturing the flags attached to their belts. The living, in turn, try to complete challenges at four–five checkpoints, taking momentary refuge or healing at outposts scattered throughout the woods. All the while, a group of volunteer mercenaries armed with foam darts hunts down the undead attackers. Before the race begins, the special-effects gurus at Gregory F/X will provide zombie makeup to participants in exchange for a donation—100% of which goes to charity and won't be used to buy the zombies fresh brains at the local deli.
For proof that Carolina Courts is serious about basketball and volleyball, consider this: a professional basketball court is 4,700 square feet, and a regulation volleyball court is roughly 1,500 square feet. Carolina Courts, on the other hand, dedicates 96,000 square feet to both sports. That number is split between the company's Indian Trail and Concord locations. At each address, a talented team of coaches teaches the fundamentals during leagues, camps, and training programs, such as the signature E365 basketball training program for students aged 8–18 or their PEAK volleyball academy. Although most of the training is geared for youngsters, teens, and extratall babies, Carolina Courts also offers leagues and open gyms for adults.
In association with Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Myers Park Wellness Center invites people of all ages and backgrounds into its facility to work out their minds, bodies, and spirits. Exercisers looking to shed a few pounds or simply stay in shape can lift weights, shoot hoops on the basketball court, or sweat side-by-side with their peers during fitness classes that include Pilates, yoga, and spinning. Sessions with a personal trainer guide visitors toward their fitness goals, and massage therapy soothes their muscles after intense workouts. The wellness center also hosts plenty of activities for youngsters, including basketball clinics, golf lessons, and extreme-sports camps.
Designed to not just teach sports but also valuable life lessons in discipline, self-respect, and team work, Brown Athletic Division's coaches lead participants through one-on-one and group training sessions at their facility. Those who already have experience in basketball can do a personal assessment to assess skill level, address goals, and set a program for custom training. Camps and clinics involve a one- to four-day program that gives athletes the chance to participate in high-intensity training while refining skills, such as quickly tying shoes during time-outs.
Helping kids learn the basics of their chosen game and taking their skills to the next level is the main aim at I Got Next Youth Sports Inc. Experienced coaches work with players not only to boost their physical fitness and athletic ability in football and basketball, but also impart the importance of discipline, positivity, and teamwork. After honing their newly gleaned skills, future male and female sports stars can show them off during competitions.
Benchwarmers Sports Complex helps athletes stay off the bench with a wide range of training facilities. Four pitching tunnels transform string bean arms into powerful cannons, while two automated batting cages and three live arm cages allow hurled baseballs to hone swings, instead of inflated puffer fish, which will just hone your fear of seafood restaurants. Elsewhere, its basketball court boasts adjustable rims and a gigantic electronic scoreboard, and its indoor turf fields feature granular rubber infill to support players as they work up a sweat during games of baseball, football, soccer, and lacrosse.