Recreation

Feel like brawling? This Austin fitness studio is here to help

Feel like brawling? This Austin fitness studio is here to help

The Barre Code Austin will host a Halloween-themed pool party on Oct. 28. Photo courtesy Barre Code Austin   Feel like brawling? The Barre Code Austin will host a Halloween-themed Brawl workout – the fitness studio’s signature kickboxing class – poolside at The Austin Motel, 1220 South Congress Avenue, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28. Halloween attire is encouraged...
Austin360 recreation list, Oct. 20-26

Austin360 recreation list, Oct. 20-26

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
How fast are Texas marathon runners? RunRepeat ranks every state

How fast are Texas marathon runners? RunRepeat ranks every state

Runners participate in the Austin Marathon and Half-marathon presented by NXP in 2017. Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN Who’s faster? RunRepeat ranks states according to marathon How does Texas compare to other states when it comes to running marathons? Middle to back of the pack, according to a detailed survey by the company RunRepeat, which collates reviews of running shoes. The company...
What one Austin cycling studio is doing to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

What one Austin cycling studio is doing to help hurricane victims in Puerto Rico

SoulCycle is hosting a Relief Ride to benefit those impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Photo courtesy SoulCycle   An Austin indoor cycling studio is raising money to help people impacted by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. All proceeds from the 1:45 p.m. Saturday Hurricane Maria Relief Ride at the downtown Austin location of SoulCycle, 401 Congress Avenue, will go to the ...
Don’t want a border wall? Austin T-shirt company’s got you covered

Don’t want a border wall? Austin T-shirt company’s got you covered

Jonathan Rebolloso is selling T-shirts that protest construction of a border wall. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman Sometimes, a T-shirt says it all. In the Big Bend region of Texas, where towering canyon walls plunge to the Rio Grande and black bears, big horn sheep and other species now move back and forth between the United States and Mexico unimpeded, some wildlife experts are worried...
These bat-shaped bike racks might be peak Austin

These bat-shaped bike racks might be peak Austin

Visitors to the Austin Convention Center can park their bicycles on bat-shaped bike racks. PAM LEBLANC/American-Statesman   Here in Austin, we love bats. We also love bicycles – and our reputation for weirdness. So it makes perfect sense that downtown cyclists can lock their bikes against bat-shaped racks outside the Austin Convention Center at 500 E. Cesar Chavez Street RELATED...
What could make yoga even better? Baby goats, of course

What could make yoga even better? Baby goats, of course

Baby goats make everything better. They especially make yoga better, because nothing — not rose-colored sunglasses, not cooing nieces and nephews, not even breakfast tacos — compares to the feeling of a month-old, softly bleating baby goat with hooves the size of peanut butter cups climbing on your back while you’re nailing the perfect downward dog. You’ve probably dreamed...
PHOTOS: What could make yoga even better? Baby goats, of course

PHOTOS: What could make yoga even better? Baby goats, of course

You’ve probably dreamed about practicing yoga alongside frolicking pint-sized goats after watching videos shared by goat yoga practitioners around the world. Rachael Phillips of Austin noticed those posts, too. In September, she teamed up with her boyfriend’s mother, Roxie Banker, co-owner of 2 Crazy Goat Ladies in Hamilton, to launch Goga Goat Yoga.
That’s 40 years of support – happy birthday, sports bra!

That’s 40 years of support – happy birthday, sports bra!

Pam LeBlanc runs the Blueberry Festival 10K in South Haven, Michigan, in 2015, wearing a sports bra. Photo by Chris LeBlanc   We’ve come a long way since a woman sewed two jock straps together in 1977 to create the world’s first modern sports bra. We’ve even taken a few steps forward since 1999, when Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey, exposing her black sports...
This Austin running group wants to keep you safe – and it’s free

This Austin running group wants to keep you safe – and it’s free

An Austin police officer on a motorcycle patrols the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail at the MoPac bridge. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN An Austin fitness studio has invited athletes nervous about running alone on downtown trails to join them for a free weekly run. Kathy Redden, owner of Tetra Fitness, decided to offer the coached runs at no cost after a third runner...
Austin cyclist gears up for 1,000-mile No Country for Old Men race

Austin cyclist gears up for 1,000-mile No Country for Old Men race

Andrew Willis placed fifth at the 24 Hour World Championships in November 2016. Family photo   This weekend, while you are curled on the couch watching a football game, Austin endurance cyclist Andrew Willis will be pedaling 1,000 miles across the West Texas desert. Fueled by a steady stream of cookies, doughnuts, brownies, fast-food hamburgers, tater tots and Sour Patch Kids candy...
Heart transplant recipient finishes marathon alongside donor’s father

Heart transplant recipient finishes marathon alongside donor’s father

Shae Miller, right, crosses the finish line of the Chicago Marathon alongside Fred Miller. Brown received the heart of Alyssa Miller, Fred’s daughter, in a transplant in 2013. Photo courtesy Shae Brown Shae Brown, the Shiner woman who had a heart transplant four years ago, crossed the finish line of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon yesterday alongside the father...
Austin360 recreation list, Oct. 13-19

Austin360 recreation list, Oct. 13-19

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
Think you can outrun the zombies? Sign up for a Halloween-themed race

Think you can outrun the zombies? Sign up for a Halloween-themed race

Athletes run under a pumpkin arch at the Haunted Half Marathon. Photo courtesy Haunted Half Do zombies make you run faster? Scared of the dark? Ever run a race dressed in costume? Find out by signing up for one of the Halloween-themed races this month in the Austin area. Haunted Half Marathon, Oct. 15: Those who brave this spooky run through the haunted hills around the cursed waters of Walter E....
Republic Square, in heart of downtown Austin, reopens to the public

Republic Square, in heart of downtown Austin, reopens to the public

By the time the SFC Farmers’ Market opened at 9 a.m. Saturday, shoppers, with kids and pups in tow, already were bustling around the 50 vendor stations. Dozens of local fruit and veggie farmers and other vendors peddling local farm-raised eggs, cheeses and meats were under the cover of white tents dotting both sides of the street. Republic Square, the downtown Austin park at Fourth and Guadalupe...
Site of downtown Austin farmer’s market reopens after more than a year

Site of downtown Austin farmer’s market reopens after more than a year

Republic Square, the downtown Austin park at Fourth and Guadalupe streets that serves at the site for the Saturday SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, has officially reopened to the public. For a over a year, farmers market vendors and market-goers have had to gather around the park’s perimeter and at the U.S. Federal Courthouse steps while the green space itself was closed off to the public...
Bicyclists: Harassed by a motorist? Alert the Close Call Database

Bicyclists: Harassed by a motorist? Alert the Close Call Database

With about 15 years of bicycle commuting experience under my helmet, I’ve had my share of encounters with grumpy drivers, including a guy who raced up next to me before sunrise and yelled that I needed to grow up and get a car. He needed to remember to share the road, but I’ve learned not to argue when I’m on an 18-pound metal frame and the other guy’s driving a 2-ton vehicle...
How did Austin fare on a list of the world’s best street art cities?

How did Austin fare on a list of the world’s best street art cities?

Olivia Henley and Kari Wright celebrate their love near the ‘You’re My Butter Half’ mural on East Martin Luther King Boulevard.   From the “I Love You So Much” mural to the “You’re My Butter Half” artwork and hundreds of paintings in between, our city is wrapped in a colorful layer of street art. RELATED: Take our tour to discover some...
News got you down? Check out these 10 pretty underwater photos

News got you down? Check out these 10 pretty underwater photos

I wish the non-stop barrage of bad news would end. T he hurricanes, the earthquakes and this week’s mass shooting are piling on, coloring every part of the day with a tinge of sadness. Sometimes, I need an escape. For me, that means water – and especially the ocean, where Mother Nature provides a full body hug, and lights up the blue with flashing rays of sunshine...
She received his daughter’s heart — now they’re running a marathon

She received his daughter’s heart — now they’re running a marathon

When Shae Brown runs her first marathon this weekend, she’ll do it alongside the father of the woman whose heart beats inside her chest. Brown, 49, underwent a lifesaving transplant in 2013. A chemotherapy drug dubbed the Red Devil, used to treat the cancer that developed in the muscle surrounding her stomach as a teenager, had progressively weakened her heart. By the time she was 36, she needed...
At Brews for Big Bend, help raise money for national park

At Brews for Big Bend, help raise money for national park

Campers watch the sun set from a remote campsite at Big Bend National Park in January 2017. Photo by Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman I’ve scraped my shins on cactus, watched tarantulas belly crawl over rocks and laughed when a kangaroo rat climbed up my husband’s pants leg at Big Bend National Park. I love the place, and have visited at least 25 times. I want to keep it pristine...
Missing Tom Petty? Tune in to this Petty-themed fitness class

Missing Tom Petty? Tune in to this Petty-themed fitness class

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers perform at the Frank Erwin Center at The University of Texas on May 2, 2017 – Photo by Scott Moore for American-Statesman Missing Tom Petty? I am too. Get your fill of Petty tunes at the special Tom Petty Tribute class at City Surf Fitness tonight. The class is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. To book it, go here. And check out their upcoming...
Got 24 hours? Explore art, nature and culture of sun-bleached El Paso

Got 24 hours? Explore art, nature and culture of sun-bleached El Paso

Twenty-four hours in El Paso? That’s not nearly enough, but a proper day in this sun-bleached, cactus-prickled city of blended cultures can serve up some excellent hiking, funky art, hip accommodations and the best pan dulce this side of the border. Frankly, I can’t wait to go back for more. I booked a room at the hip and trendy Indigo Hotel downtown, once home of the 1960s-era Downtowner...
Is the new Austin marathon course tougher? Austin pros weigh in

Is the new Austin marathon course tougher? Austin pros weigh in

More on that new marathon course, from the pros… Runners participate in the Austin Marathon and Half-marathon presented by NXP Feb. 19. 02/19/17 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN High Five Events, which puts on the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon, sent out a newsletter this morning featuring a review of the new marathon course by two local pros – Erik Stanley and David...
Frightful fun: Get in the Halloween spirit all month long

Frightful fun: Get in the Halloween spirit all month long

It’s finally October, and while Central Texas may not get to experience the stereotypical joys of fall, we can take the full month to celebrate my favorite holiday: Halloween. Think it’s too soon to get your spook on? Think again. Here are some ways you can get in the haunted holiday spirit right now. HIT UP A PUMPKIN PATCH Sure, there are gourds aplenty at your local grocery store, but...
Austin360 recreation list, Oct. 6-12

Austin360 recreation list, Oct. 6-12

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
Fitness after 50: How should we change our exercise routine as we age?

Fitness after 50: How should we change our exercise routine as we age?

I’ve been challenging my body to all sorts of crazy stuff for at least 30 years. But now that I’ve passed the half-century mark, it’s not bouncing back like it once did. My lower back feels the pain of yesterday’s water-skiing session, my left foot aches from rolling it while trail running back in July, and I’m still nursing a knot behind my right knee from a nasty rope...
Austin360 arts list, Sept. 29-Oct. 5

Austin360 arts list, Sept. 29-Oct. 5

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
At Barton Springs U, polish your knowledge of Austin’s favorite pool

At Barton Springs U, polish your knowledge of Austin’s favorite pool

Learn all about Barton Springs at the free, all-day Barton Springs University next Tuesday. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN If you live in Austin, you’re pretty much required to love and appreciate Barton Springs. Not up to snuff on your springs knowledge? Head to Barton Springs Pool next Tuesday to get schooled. And bring your swimsuit, because pool admission will...
Ever read every word on a Dr. Bronner’s soap bottle? This guy’s about to …

Ever read every word on a Dr. Bronner’s soap bottle? This guy’s about to …

Elijah Olson will read the entire label of a Dr. Bronner’s soap bottle at 6 p.m. Friday. Photo by Robbie Searcy Ever read all the fine print on a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap? Don’t worry, we haven’t either. But we’re excited to hear that Austin resident Elijah Olson plans to turn it into poetry when he hosts a reading of the text, in its entirety...
Heidi Cohn takes over as executive director of the Trail Foundation

Heidi Cohn takes over as executive director of the Trail Foundation

Every morning, Heidi Cohn parks her car on the south side of Lady Bird Lake, then crunches along a gravel pathway, catching views of rowers and runners as she walks the last half-mile to her job as executive director of the Trail Foundation. Along the way, she also gets an up-close look at the biggest challenge now facing the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail — ever-increasing usage of...
How to warmup for swimming? Do ‘The Egyptian’ with Rip Essylstyn

How to warmup for swimming? Do ‘The Egyptian’ with Rip Essylstyn

  Rip Esselstyn, author of “The Engine 2 Diet,” demonstrates a move he calls “The Egyptian” before swim practice this week. Five-time Olympic medalist Ian Crocker watches while writing down the morning’s workout. Photo by Pam LeBlanc/Austin American-Statesman Most of us know that warming up before diving head first into a workout helps prevent injury...
Meet the surfers behind Austin’s expanding waves

Meet the surfers behind Austin’s expanding waves

Here in Austin, we know live music, breakfast tacos, hipsters, barbecue and weirdos. And lately, it seems, we know surfing, too. The Central Texas surfing scene traces its roots not to salt water spray and riptides, but to a chain of surrounding lakes. First we water skied on them; today we also wakeboard, wake surf and jet surf there. As the city has grown, its community of transplanted — and...
Is Austin the landlocked surf capital of the world? Some say yes

Is Austin the landlocked surf capital of the world? Some say yes

A three-hour drive from the nearest ocean wave, Austin’s surf scene has arrived. A few weeks ago, some of the country’s best surfers sliced down the face of a wave rolling across a 14-acre, manufactured lagoon east of Austin in an event designed to showcase a California surfboard company. A surf band played. Spectators sipped pineapple and mango smoothies and nibbled raw fish salad called...

Watch Rip Esselstyn warmup for swimming by doing “The Egyptian”

Most of us know that warming up before diving head first into a workout helps prevent injury. That holds true with swimming, and nobody demonstrates a stylish warmup better than former University of Texas swimmer Rip Esselstyn, author of “The Engine 2 Diet.” Esselstyn, one of my teammates on the U.S. Masters Swim team at Western Hills Athletic Club, stands on deck before swim...
Fit City’s picks for active weekend fun

Fit City’s picks for active weekend fun

Runners skip up Congress Avenue during the 2014 Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN) We’re staring down the barrel of a big weekend, fitness fans. And you’ve got some decision making to do, because two big fund-raising races are scheduled for Saturday, along with the first day of a sweet-sounding series of standup paddle boarding classes...
Runner dubbed “The Mad Pooper” terrorizes neighborhood

Runner dubbed “The Mad Pooper” terrorizes neighborhood

A woman dubbed “The Mad Pooper” has been terrorizing a Colorado Springs neighborhood. Photo by Tom McCarthy Jr. for Austin American-Statesman   Add this one to the “runners behaving badly” file. A runner has been terrorizing a neighborhood in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by pooping (yes, pooping) on lawns. Cathy Budde, who lives in a home that has been targeted...
Are McAllen, San Antonio and El Paso really better at exercising than Austin?

Are McAllen, San Antonio and El Paso really better at exercising than Austin?

A runner uses the Boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake to exercise at dawn. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN Apparently, we’re not as fit as we think here in Austin, despite those crowded trails and bustling gyms. The Austin-Round Rock area comes in a disappointing 70th out of 189 U.S. communities in the “Rates of Regular Exercise” report, part of the Gallup-Sharecare...
Students get a week off at Thanksgiving this year – go camping!

Students get a week off at Thanksgiving this year – go camping!

Pam LeBlanc camps in the Texas Hill Country. Photo by Marcy Stellfox News flash, parents. For the first time this year, students in the Austin Independent School District get five entire days off surrounding Thanksgiving. That means they’ll join students from the Rock Rock, Lake Travis, Pflugerville, Leander-Cedar Park and Hays County districts in getting a week-long...
Austin-based Kammok donates proceeds of Texas flag hammock to hurricane relief

Austin-based Kammok donates proceeds of Texas flag hammock to hurricane relief

Proceeds from this Texas flag hammock benefit hurricane relief. Photo courtesy Kammok How could hanging out in a hammock get any better? When the hammock looks like a Texas flag, and proceeds from its purchase benefit Texans who need help in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Austin-based outdoor gear manufacturer Kammok is donating 100 percent of proceeds from its Texas flag hammock to the...
Thinking about adventure racing or trail running? Check out these info sessions

Thinking about adventure racing or trail running? Check out these info sessions

Pam LeBlanc, center, runs through the desert at the Big Bend Ultra. An information session about the upcoming race is set for Tuesday at Whole Earth Provisions. Photo by Chris LeBlanc If you’re thinking about doing any adventure racing or desert trail running, check out these two upcoming information clinics. On Tuesday, Carroll Voss, race director of the Big Bend Ultra, will...
Statesman Cap10K to hand out medals in 2018

Statesman Cap10K to hand out medals in 2018

For the first time ever, finishers of the Statesman Cap10K will get a medal. Nobody runs just for the medal – at least we don’t think they do. But there’s something to be said for holding a hefty medallion in your hand after you’ve crossed the finish line of a race. For the first time in 2018, everyone who finishes the Statesman Capitol 10,000 will get a shiny medal...
Dip a paddle in these Central Texas rivers and lakes

Dip a paddle in these Central Texas rivers and lakes

Nothing lowers my stress level like a twist of blue-green water and the rhythmic swish of a paddle. This summer, I set out on a mission to kayak or canoe as many Central Texas waterways as possible. Before I finished, I’d glided down lazy snaking rivers, frothy rapids, a spring-fed oasis and a limestone-lined ribbon of green. I also flipped a few boats and bashed up my legs, but that’s...
NLand Surf Park launches fall kids clinics

NLand Surf Park launches fall kids clinics

NLand surf guide, Kai Henderson, helps her daughter, Sanoa Henderson, 6, stand up on a surf board as they catch a small entry level wave during the Lost Weekend surf event held at NLand Surf Park on Sept. 3, 2017. (Rodolfo Gonzalez for American-Statesman)   Got any groms in the house? That’s surf-speak for kids, according to the folks at NLand Surf Park, which operates a...
How did Austin fare on list of top running cities?

How did Austin fare on list of top running cities?

Runners make their way along the course of the 2015 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. (Photo by Stephen Spillman for the Austin American-Statesman) Austin makes it to the top 10 of another list – and this time it’s all about running. Active.com compiled a list of the 10 U.S. cities with the most runners per capita, and Austin checked in at number eight. The...
Is new Austin Marathon course easier? Not so fast, runners say

Is new Austin Marathon course easier? Not so fast, runners say

Runners make their way along the course of the 2015 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. Race organizers have unveiled a new route for the 2018 race. Stephen Spillman for the Austin American-Statesman   The rolling hills of Exposition Boulevard are out, along with that long, desolate stretch of Great Northern Boulevard. The east side makes a return appearance, too. But...
Austin360 recreation list, Sept. 15-21

Austin360 recreation list, Sept. 15-21

Markets Barton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square, intersection of South MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) and South Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays at 2323 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-443-0143,bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org. Bastrop Producers Market. Indoor farmers market. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays...
Want a say in Austin’s expanding trail system?

Want a say in Austin’s expanding trail system?

George Cofer hikes a stretch of the Violet Crown Trail that opened in August 2015. Photo by Jay Janner / AAS Want to learn about – and have a say in – new trails that are sprouting across Austin? You’ve got two opportunities this week. City officials and contractors will make a presentation about construction of the next segment of the Violet Crown Trail, which ultimately...
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