Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 117

delay, the Trinity Strand Trail is complete. Linking the Design District and Medical Dis-trict, the 7.8-mile, non-motorized concrete path may one day serve as the backbone of a vibrant urban neighborhood. For now it cuts through a depopulated landscape of ware-houses and office buildings — which isn’t a bad thing. The level of urban grittiness is non-threatening, even pleasant, and the areas along the trail make it look like the epicenter of a coming zombie apocalypse. Nothing in-vigorates a run or bike ride quite like the thought of being chased by the undead. played now by failed, post-college athletes. And while some play for camaraderie — there’s plenty of that — some are out to prove they shouldn’t have been cut from the JV soc-cer squad, and watching them is pretty enter-taining in its own right. Readers’ Pick: Dallas Sports and Social Club 214-265-5652, Best Bike Trail Santa Fe Trail With apologies to the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association and the fine work they do main-taining more than a dozen off-road bike trails in the area, we’re skinny-wheel, city-traveling cyclists here. We prefer our paths to be fast, relatively smooth and reachable by pedaling from our front doors. Relatively lightly used for now, Santa Fe passes from woods and lake into the heart of Old East Dallas, through bar-rios and light industrial neighborhoods into Deep Ellum, where you can pick up Main Street straight across downtown. It’s a com-prehensive slice of the city, with places to stop for beer and chow along the way. (And really, don’t pass up a chance to zip down Main Street, especially on weekends. East to west is gently downhill, so you can easily pace traffic and feel like Kevin Bacon in Quicksilver .) Between White Rock Lake and Deep Ellum, with an extension to Fair Park coming soon, Thanks for nominating us for Best Place to Workout in Dallas! 214.741.1347 SHOPPING/SERVICES Best Running Store RunOn! Several dozen millennia ago, when most of humanity was still chasing prey across the Af-rican savanna, there was no running gear to speak of. That all changed when running transitioned from survival skill to healthful avocation and people realized the beauty of foot coverings that provide arch support and those billowy shorts that stop at the upper thigh. No place in Dallas has mastered the art of selling these and related accessories quite so well as RunOn! Their gait evaluations, per-formed by a consistently knowledgeable staff, are indispensable for selecting the right shoe for all but the most casual runners. The stores are big enough to have an ample selection but not so large as to be overwhelming. RunOn! is also a great hub for connecting with local running groups. 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane and various other locations, 214-821-0909 | Best Thing To Do At Sunset? Playing a Round at Sunset Golf! Open Daylight to Dark, 7 Days a Week CULTURE/PEOPLE | FOOD/DRINK Driving Range & Full Practice Area Regulation 9-Hole Tree-Lined Course Clubhouse with Full Bar | Best Comeback Texas Rangers Three days before Major League Baseball’s July 31 trade deadline, the Rangers were dead. Deader than dead. They were five games below .500 and eight games behind the American League West-leading Houston As-tros. But in the succeeding six weeks, the team went out and got the best pitcher avail-able on the trade market (Cole Hamels) and caught up with the Astros. Despite being be-set by injuries — the team’s best starting pitcher, Yu Darvish, won’t start a game this year — the Rangers have given DFW baseball fans one of the sport’s tastiest delicacies: competitive, tense games throughout the last month of the season. No one saw it coming, but new manager Jeff Banister and his play-ers have made it happen. Readers’ Pick: White Rock Lake 4906 E Main St, Grand Prairie, TX 75050 214-331-8057 | NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC Best Gun Range Eagle Gun Range A few years back, Eagle Gun Range set up a Christmas promotion offering shooters free photos with Santa, who would be “bringing his favorite toys to share in the Christmas photos — his AR-15 and other firearms of choice.” This was two days before the Sandy Hook school shooting. (They canceled Santa.) OK, so unfortunate timing, but that doesn’t mean the idea itself was bad. Why not Santa? People like guns. Even some of use here at the Observer wouldn’t mind a Sig under the tree. And here’s the maddening thing for gun oppo-nents: Professional, safety-conscious ranges like Eagle are the best argument going that government has no business infantilizing hon-est citizens by telling us we can’t have guns. Eagle has a knowledgeable, friendly, well-trained staff and instructors who offer private lessons; an extensive schedule of CHL classes; affordable, high-quality rental guns; and safe, well-maintained shooting lanes in one of the best ventilated ranges in North Texas. Truth be told, we’d rather see the guys like those at Eagle and North Texas’ other quality ranges with guns on their hips than some law en-forcement officers we could name. 491 Valley Ridge Blvd., Lewisville, 972-353-4867, | SPORTS/RECREATION DALLAS OBSERVER Best Intramural League GO Kickball A couple of points: One, GO Kickball’s list of rules fills nine pages, unlike the grade-school game you remember in which the only rule was “aim for the head.” Two, among those rules is a strict ban on booze. No alcohol al-lowed at all. (Also different from school days. It was a tough school.) Despite that, GO Kick-ball in Dallas has grown to cover five sites and 25 different teams each season. It’s that 200-lb. kid we all hated playing against in elemen-tary school, the 11-year-old with the 5 o’clock. This is the same game you grew up playing, "Best Trip Back To The Barre" -Best Of Dallas 2010 Best Dance Troupe Nominee -Best of Dallas 2015 TAKE CLASSES FROM THE BEST! See our 2015-16 season performance calendar and schedules for adults and kids classes online at S eptember 24-30, 2015 Readers’ Pick: DFW Gun Range 1607 W. Mockingbird Lane, 214-630-4866, 5400 E. Mockingbird Suite 207, Dallas 75206 214-821-2066 117

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