The escaped inmates’ hearts pump hard in their chests as they zig and zag through a forest, evading the grasp of a guard in hot pursuit. Scuttling up the mud-lined slope of a hill, the fugitives holler with frustration as the guard closes in on them, ripping a flag off their belts before retreating back into the trees. Though this adrenaline-filled scene could be from a blockbuster film, it’s a common sight at the many Fugitive 3 Mile Escape Runs held across the country.
Before taking off in their race heat, runners of all ages, dubbed inmates, slip into flag belts festooned with three flags. They leap, roll, crawl, and do-si-do across the course toward their freedom, seeking out the elusive finish line while avoiding the flag-grabbing hands of the race’s resident guards. Water and aid stations throughout the course ensure that inmates remain hydrated and safe, and supportive loved ones can hand nail-file-filled cakes to their favorite inmate from the spectator section. Once safely on the other side of the race, participants revel in their accomplishment at the freedom celebration, where live music, food, and drinks bolster the festive post-run atmosphere.
Anchored alongside County Road 510 just 2 miles from the beach, Liquid Addiction Dive & Surf helps water enthusiasts get their under-sea fix. The family-owned shop stocks equipment from some of the industry's top manufacturers, including Oceanic and Cressi, and repairs visitors' existing gear. It also supplies visitors with scuba instruction and essential diving accessories, such as air for tanks.
At Vero Bowl Lanes & Lounge, bowlers roll strikes and show off their snazziest victory dances at 32 lanes, each outfitted with the latest technology. That includes not only score-keeping screens, but decor that glows in the dark. Bowlers hang out in the futuristic fun center, honing their techniques until 1 a.m. nightly and occasionally refueling at King Pinz Lounge.