Every year, the comic industry’s icons, publishers, and fans converge on the Kentucky International Convention Center for a day of celebrating the graphic arts. Panel tables are all that stand between attendees and such notables as Tony Moore, illustrator for the first issues of The Walking Dead, and Mark Kidwell, co-creator of the Vietnam-zombie crossover, ’68. Throughout the day, convention spaces swell with fans turned out for contests and showcases and tables strain under the weight of merchandise.
At Advanced Performers, a staff of experienced personal trainers and passionate sports enthusiasts helps athletes perfect their technique, build their bodies for optimum strength and stamina, or capture their feats on the field on film. Fitness experts work alongside individuals or groups of all skill levels, and can focus on athletic conditioning on the college, amateur, or pro level. Video specialists compose highlight reels for proud pee-wee-football parents or college-bound players.
The Glo Run’s 5K fun run event always takes place at night, but it doesn’t seem like it. The course is lined with black lights and lasers, and runners sport glow-in-the-dark gear from t-shirts to sunglasses. On-course DJs add to the festivities, blasting tunes as the untimed participants run, walk, or dance to the finish line. Even more DJs await them there at the glow-in-the-dark after party, which lights up the night better than a raccoon that's swallowed a flashlight.
Running on a treadmill may be a good way to stay in shape, but it doesn't showcase a city's finer points. Jam Active specializes in curating fun, competitive events across cities in the US, Canada, and Europe. The active-lifestyle brand carves exciting race paths past local landmarks and points of interest, often incorporating music and entertainment to keep participants in the zone. Jam Active hosts myriad races, including half-marathons, duathlons, and triathlons.
Though many timed races focus on endurance and speed, The Stampede emphasizes a different element: fun. During its various 5K dashes, participants of all ability levels test their balance and strength by surmounting obstacles and give their minds a workout with puzzles around the city. Many of the races have two courses?one for racers aged 6?13 and one for those 14 and older. At the end of the run, runners head to The Stampede Village to purchase food and drinks or dance along to live music.
On the eve of the Kentucky Derby, celebrants dressed in cocktail attire convene to honor derby tradition in an atmosphere of comfortable elegance. Sequestered away from the crowds of horses milling in the streets outside, guests spend the evening snacking, socializing, and dancing to bands and DJ beats.