At the Color My Spirit Run, colored powder rains down on participants as they jog toward the finish line, brightening their clothes. The event is more than a run, though—participants also dance to live music, and kids frolic in a bounce house.
When rock-climbing couple Christy and Scott Thrift got engaged, Christy was dangling off the side of Stone Mountain. The same adventurous spirit that elevated their engagement informs their married life, which they spend running their wilderness guiding service, Thrifty Adventures. While some of the duo’s trips require previous outdoor experience, most welcome all participants, and range from ice climbing adventures to rock climbing and backpacking trips. Along the way, Scott and Christy teach safety basics, climbing techniques, and strategies for preserving natural surroundings, such as refraining from nibbling on the mountain.
Breaking away from a pack of speeding racehorses or breaking a bucking bronco may be the first guesses a casual onlooker would consider when pondering the origins of the name Break-Away Farm. But the name actually refers to the farm’s owners—Mark and Mary Lou Greenwall, formerly of Cleveland Park Stables—who, in 2005, decided to break off the beaten path and start their own equestrian business. Members of USEF, UPHA, and ASAC, the husband-and-wife team oversees the day-to-day operation of their 16-acre homestead, which is complete with a climate-controlled indoor facility and an outdoor arena. The well-appointed grounds set the stage for safe horseback-riding lessons for students of all ability levels, comprised of training regimens tailored to each rider.
FTF Fitness and Self Defense's team of 13 instructors know that most people are fighting something. That something might be a vicious bully, persistent weight gain, or a less tangible entity such as fatigue or non-Euclidian geometry. No matter what it is, they're confident they can help. Their diverse knowledge of fighting techniques stretches around the world, from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to Krav Maga, a self-defense system developed for the Israeli armed forces. In addition to earning belts and certifications in numerous forms of martial arts, the teachers possess years of real-world experience that they use to help others cultivate strength, discipline, and confidence. These goals also inform the studio's Krav Maga classes, which reveal simple self-protection techniques that can be applied if a person is approached by a lone assailant or a nunchuck-wielding octopus.
In addition to imparting defense strategies to students aged 4 and older, the team teaches SPARology, a training program that blends muay thai, boxing, and wrestling into a fun-and-functional workout. Classes and one-on-one training take place in a gym equipped with full-size heavy bags, Lifeline power jumpers, kettlebells, battling ropes, and monkey bars.
Lunar Mini Golf's two 18-hole indoor courses whisks putters away to a black-lit labyrinth sculpted through a phosphorescent dreamscape of vibrant murals and neon obstacles. Tiny neon walls frame the pitch-black corridors of each hole, which gives the impression that patrons are rolling orbs across the rayless expanse of the cosmos or through their neighbors' radioactive crawlspaces. Clubbers clad in white will shine like gleaming apparitions as they read tricky breaks and keep the yips at bay, and Lunar Mini Golf offers glowing necklaces for clients to wear to capitalize on the visually mesmerizing lure of the black lights. Catering to large groups, Lunar Mini Golf also features a complimentary party zone available upon request for birthdays, corporate gatherings, and ceremonies unveiling new neon eyebrow tattoos.
Formerly known as Mountainview Driving Range, Resurrection Golf Center sharpens the long and short games of Charlotte-area golf enthusiasts with its ample greens and even ampler pro shop. Guests can wipe the dimpled smiles off of an unlimited supply of wise-cracking white spheres by blasting into the firmament above a lush, tree-lined driving range. Dedicated areas for short game and putting can help full-time swingers shave strokes off their next for-keeps game.