To raise funds for youth ice hockey leagues in northern Colorado, NCYH Power Play celebrates another great American pastime: running. Hosted at the NoCo Ice Center, the third-annual USA Track & Field-sanctioned event lets loose runners of all ages and ability levels in the 5- and 10-kilometer distances. Launching from the starting line early in the morning, racers beat a path through areas such as the Highland Meadows neighborhood, Highland Meadows Golf Course, and the backyard of the local high school's beleaguered principal. Back at NoCo Ice Center, a beer garden welcomes returning runners with chilled brews, water, and snacks.
Qdoba Events Center hosts a range of sporting facilities all while maintaining both winter and summer climates in its 55,000-square-foot building. The indoor turf field provides a venue for soccer, lacrosse, and football. Alternately, the indoor ice rink facilitates hockey games for adults, children, and lonely Zambonis after everyone leaves for the night. Pickup games and leagues are available for athletes of all stripes, and guests can book the facility for parties complete with access to facilities and food from the on-site kitchen.
Orchards Athletic Club packs skilled personal trainers, dozens of weekly fitness classes, racquetball courts, a heated swimming pool, and a steam room into its modern 30,000-square-foot space. Fitness seekers can mold svelte physiques with group classes including Zumba, spinning, aerobics, and BodyFlow sessions, which meld Pilates, yoga, and tai chi. Dive into the 25-meter four-lane lap pool, heated to a soothing 84–86 degrees, for a solo swim, or partake in a joint-friendly strength- and endurance-building AquaPower class along with buoyant peers. During the two personal-training sessions, experienced trainers shower clients with personal attention and help them to reach fitness goals, from losing weight to digging up the treadmill buried under the backyard deck. Orchards Athletic Club conveniently keeps its doors unlocked seven days a week.
The Fort Collins Club helps members feel comfortable in their own bodies by turning flabby flesh turtlenecks into slim, tailored skin suits. During the Club's daily group fitness, spinning, and yoga and Pilates mat classes, instructors guide guests on en masse exercise expeditions ranging from heart-pumping stepping exercises to muscle-toning asana sequences. Independent body-tenders can blaze their own calorie-strewn trails on the hardwood floors of hand, racquet, and basketball courts or the 35 feet of wall-crawling terrain on the indoor climbing wall. Family membership holders can also drop their tender progeny off in the Kids' Club so that they don’t gum up the finely tuned machinery with their oversized lollipops and welding torches.
The Centennial Village opens a window to the past with living-history demonstrations that re-create American life as it was 100 years ago. As visitors stroll through the 7-acre grounds, they can explore more than two dozen historic structures, including grand homes, a courthouse, and a blacksmith’s shop. Time-swept denizens share tales of their daily lives that provide unique insight into turn-of-the-century struggles. A vast farm area and historic gardens fill the town with lush greenery and a working merry-go-round helps distract visitors from the hourly recalibration of the park’s time machine.
Fueling the flames of a five-decade rivalry, the CSU Rams will lock horns with the Air Force Falcons in a game that will have fans on their feet, fevers running high, and backboards trembling with fear. Senior forwards Andy Ogide and Travis Franklin lead the charge inside for the Rams, whose early-season successes include a championship title in the 2010 Cancun Governor's Cup Tournament, victories over Ole Miss and Southern Miss, and conquest of gravitational force. Meanwhile, the newly renovated Moby Arena positions foam-fingered hoop aficionados for fine views of the new million-dollar video scoreboard, stat boards, and concourse screens.
Lifelong daredevil and American Gladiators champion Kyler Storm created X-Treme Challenge as a safe place for families, friends, and clusters of rambunctious youth to romp around in a rowdy battle of brawn. X-Treme Challenge creates competitions and games customized to participants' skill levels, ages, and interests. X-Treme Challenge offers sessions for young kids (ages 4–5), grade schoolers (6–12), and teens (13–17), as well as adults' nights for everyone over the age of 18.