- There's nothing like an orb of paint coming at you 270 feet per second to calm your nerves.
In L.A., it's not unusual to find Drew Carey or Will Smith on the paintball field. But at Paintball Village, one of the most ardent teams is made up of priests. "Sometimes, I do a double take," says Tim Sorge, co-owner of Swings-n-Things Family Fun Park.
The ballpark -- which is also popular with businesses that want to build teamwork -- is modeled after a war-torn village, where teams of up to 60 players compete by shooting balls filled with yellow paint at each other (that oughta inspire corporate camaraderie). Get hit, and you're out. Says Sorge, "It's an absolute rush."
Ask the National Sporting Goods Association, which ranks paintball as the second-fastest-growing action sport (behind martial arts). But are you cut out to play? "The first question we get is, How much does it hurt?" says Sorge. "And we say, 'It hurts enough that you don't want to get hit, but not enough that you want to quit.'" Paintball Village is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Swings-n-Things Family Fun Park, 8501 Stearns Road in Olmsted Township. The rate is $19.99 for two hours and 200 balls; call 440-235-9900. -- Cris Glaser
Celebrate the holiday by running around downtown.
You'd think the last place the special-events manager for the City of Cleveland would want to spend her day off is downtown. But that's where Sheila Corrigan will be on Thanksgiving morning, along with 3,000 other folks gathering for the 23rd annual Turkey Trot. The course begins at the Convention Center and winds through downtown streets; live music, a beer garden, and prizes greet finishers. "The Trot's my favorite," says Corrigan. "I've been running it since '97." The one-mile fun run begins at 8:55 a.m. and the five-mile run starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Cleveland Convention Center, 500 Lakeside Avenue. Registration is $25 the day of the race. Call 216-623-9933 for info. -- Lucy McKernan