For the past five years, the Ontario Reign have dominated opponents as the ECHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets and the 2012 Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings. Formerly the Texas Wildcatters, and before that, the Huntington Blizzard, the Reign rose to existence in 2008. And, rather than naming the team the old-fashioned way of letting a raccoon pick random letters from a bag of Scrabble pieces, the newly spawned organization turned to its fans with a name-the-team contest. That contest kicked off what has been a thriving relationship between the Reign and Ontario hockey fans. In fact, the Reign led the ECHL in attendance during their first three seasons. In 2012 and 2013, the team rewarded its loyal fans with back-to-back Pacific Division championships, and in coming seasons, hopes to be a perennial contender for the Kelly Cup.
Although stealing glimpses at new cars can be fun, test-driving one can be downright thrilling. On each day during Inland Empire Auto Show's Ride & Drive program, car enthusiasts can ecstatically maneuver various vehicles from the show's fleet of shimmering four-wheeled chariots. Visitors can select a two-door Fiat, an open-roofed Jeep, or a Toyota before steering it along a nearby track, analyzing its speed and turning capabilities before returning to the show to partake in varied activities and attempting to see if their houseplants fit in cars’ cup holders.
GolfTEC's thirteen locations in the Los Angeles area, all staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who’ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC’s certified teaching professionals point out your flaws, strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when you’ve executed a perfect stroke or cracked an especially witty golfing joke.
At Fast Lap Indoor Kart Racing, which earned CityVoter's Best Sports and Recreational Activity title in 2009, visiting motorists whirl around a 1,200-foot indoor track designed by former IKF racers. Drivers suit up with protective helmets and neck collars before strapping themselves into Sodi karts, whose gas-powered Honda 200-cubic-centimeter engines and miniature horses power them through 10- to 12-minute races. The indoor facility?s professionally engineered exhaust system ensures safe, clean air for all racers as they wind through the course with up to 11 other competitors. Computerized timing systems accurately record photo finishes, and video helmets and race suits are available to enhance the experience. A slew of celebrity guests have been known to frequent the track, giving visitors a rare opportunity to outwit IndyCar drivers or trade high-speed knock-knock jokes with Hollywood comedians.
Don't be fooled by the beautiful plants and flowers. The botanic gardens have come under siege by hordes of zombies, and scientists require help to contain the virus. To reach safety, participants in the Dead Garden Run: Zombie Apocalypse must run, walk, or crawl through a maze of foliage. Runners can compete individually or in teams, working together to choose the right path at every juncture. The zombies, meanwhile, could be anywhere, ready to snag each runner's flags.
Those why dare can dive back into the melee at any time, celebrating their success at an afterparty with music, food, and various activities to entertain zombies and humans alike. Here, a beer garden serves craft brews, a DJ spins tunes, and a kids-only area entertains the wee ones. And their bravery does not go unrewarded, as proceeds from the event benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the South Coast Botanic Garden and the American Red Cross.
Wherever Johnny Allen goes, you're likely to find the sounds of tennis players hard at work: shuffling feet, the rhythm of an extended baseline rally, maybe even the occasional grunt. But you'll also hear the melodies of upbeat tunes—a staple of all Johnny Allen Tennis instruction that underscores his program's emphasis on fun and positivity as motivational tools. Although playing music during every lesson may be an unorthodox stroke, it's fueled a program that now helps more than 400 students improve at seven locations. Allen's success is evident in the many top junior players and scholarship college athletes who have graduated from his program.