Royal Run

Elvis dons blue suede trainers

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If you hope to win the third annual Elvis Run, then concentrate on the young Elvis wiggling his hips to "Blue Suede Shoes," not the overweight lounge lizard gasping for breath crooning "Love Me Tender." Lay off the fried peanut butter-and-banana sandwiches if you hope to cross the finish line of this 5K race with a respectable time. But if you are a slower runner, then just celebrate the King's legacy with the Elvis impersonators who line the course, and keep in mind that this is a "fun run" that benefits United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Dallas. If you don't win the race, then maybe you'll be a contender for the Elvis look-alike contest. Saturday at Annette Strauss Artist Square, 1800 Leonard St. Registration begins at 7 a.m.; race at 8:30 a.m. Entry is $20 through May 2 or $25 on race day. Register at www.elvisrun.com. --Jay Webb

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Strap In

It's the fine print at the bottom of every death-defying, breathtaking frame of any high-energy new car commercial: Professional Driver. Closed Course. Do Not Attempt. If that sort of warning goads you into risky behavior, we recommend Mazda's performance driving and competitive car-handling challenge event May 3 and May 4 at Texas Motor Speedway. For $39, the first 1,200 area speed demons who register can take a crash course in professional driving from big-name instructors, including Bill Bartlett; John Rutherford Jr., son of Indy 500 winner Johnny Rutherford; and Adam Andretti, nephew of Mario Andretti and cousin of Michael Andretti. After class, they'll clock you and rank you in a national amateur autocross competition. All the while, your family and friends can enjoy Mazda's Rev It Up go-karts and video games. Pre-register at www.MazdaRevItUp.com or call 1-877-311-5771.--Annabelle Massey Helber

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Knuckles for the Needy

With a celebratory tagline of "Let's Get Ready to Rhumba!," boxing gets a vintage makeover this Thursday when the 15th annual FightNight dances (like a butterfly, yo) into the Wyndham Anatole. The Real Estate Council sponsors this event for underprivileged neighborhoods, so--with your help--the only lights getting turned out in Dallas will belong to some poor "glassjaw." At the very least, come have a cigar and stare at special guest Evander Holyfield's ear for the evening. Think of the good cause; plus it's better than staying home and watching Undisputed, Play It to the Bone or Diggstown. The Wyndham Anatole is at 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway. Call 214-692-3600 as reservations are required. Oh, and bring a black tie, ya mugs. --Matt Hursh

 
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