Pam LeBlanc

Fitness & outdoors reporter

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.  Pam rides a bicycle to work, swims on a team and runs with her girlfriends. All her hobbies, from scuba diving to horseback riding and snow skiing, involve bulky gear. She lives in Austin with her husband, who is really good at applying bandages and ice packs.

Latest from Pam LeBlanc

Need a pre-feast calorie burn? Do a turkey trot!
 The annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot takes place Thursday. Runners make their way across the First Street Bridge in this
               2012 file photo by Alberto Martinez AMERICAN-STATESMAN   Before you sit down to a Thanksgiving feast, we recommend some pre-emptive calorie burning. One of the most fun ways to do
            that?...

Posted: 10 hours ago

The annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot takes place Thursday. Runners make their way across the First Street Bridge in this 2012 file photo by Alberto Martinez AMERICAN-STATESMAN   Before you sit down to a Thanksgiving feast, we recommend some pre-emptive calorie burning. One of the most fun ways to do that?...
You don’t have to be a pro to handle these mountain bike trails
 Sometimes my shins (and psyche) just can’t handle the limestone ledges and gnarly terrain that many of Austin’s mountain biking trails dish up. So when I heard that 13 miles of beginner-friendly paths at McKinney Roughs Nature Park were opening to cyclists later this month, I tracked down pro mountain biking pal and REI Outdoor...

Posted: a day ago

Sometimes my shins (and psyche) just can’t handle the limestone ledges and gnarly terrain that many of Austin’s mountain biking trails dish up. So when I heard that 13 miles of beginner-friendly paths at McKinney Roughs Nature Park were opening to cyclists later this month, I tracked down pro mountain biking pal and REI Outdoor...
What’s up with this lemon-lime colored bike?
 Caen Contee, vide president of marketing at LimeBike, poses with one of the dockless bikes at the Austin American-Statesman
               building on Thursday. PAM LeBLANC/Austin American-Statesman What’s up with this lemon-lime flavored bike? It’s one of a fleet of bikes that a company called LimeBike may disperse over Austin...

Posted: 3 days ago

Caen Contee, vide president of marketing at LimeBike, poses with one of the dockless bikes at the Austin American-Statesman building on Thursday. PAM LeBLANC/Austin American-Statesman What’s up with this lemon-lime flavored bike? It’s one of a fleet of bikes that a company called LimeBike may disperse over Austin...
Fit City picks for weekend fun
 The CG Games take place Saturday at Circuit of the Americas. Photo courtesy Camp Gladiator   Looking for something active and outdoors this pre-Thanksgiving weekend? Check out these Fit City picks for muscle-stretching, mind-clearing fun: “Mystic Raven” was recently installed along the Shoal Creek trail. PAM LeBLANC/American-Statesman...

Posted: 3 days ago

The CG Games take place Saturday at Circuit of the Americas. Photo courtesy Camp Gladiator   Looking for something active and outdoors this pre-Thanksgiving weekend? Check out these Fit City picks for muscle-stretching, mind-clearing fun: “Mystic Raven” was recently installed along the Shoal Creek trail. PAM LeBLANC/American-Statesman...
Grant money from ACL Music Fest benefits five Austin parks
 A crowd watches The Head and the Heart perform during the second weekend of the 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival at
               Zilker Park. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   The the last notes faded a month ago and the stages have long since been dismantled, but this week five Austin area parks
            got word they&rsquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

A crowd watches The Head and the Heart perform during the second weekend of the 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN   The the last notes faded a month ago and the stages have long since been dismantled, but this week five Austin area parks got word they&rsquo...
Gold’s Gym offering free boot camps through Dec. 3
 Sharonda Cooper lifts weights at Gold’s Gym in this file photo by Bret Gerbe for American-Statesman Here’s another one for the free fitness files … Gold’s Gym is offering free bootcamps through Dec. 3. To 
            check the schedule, go here.  The following locations will offer the free camps: South Austin...

Posted: 5 days ago

Sharonda Cooper lifts weights at Gold’s Gym in this file photo by Bret Gerbe for American-Statesman Here’s another one for the free fitness files … Gold’s Gym is offering free bootcamps through Dec. 3. To check the schedule, go here.  The following locations will offer the free camps: South Austin...
New bike trails to open at McKinney Roughs, plus free park entry Nov. 24
 Pam LeBlanc checks out a trail at McKinney Roughs Nature Park on Monday, Nov. 13. The trails open to the public on Nov. 24.
               Stephen Spillman for the American-Statesman   McKinney Roughs Nature Park is preparing to open 13 miles of trail to mountain bikers in a few weeks, and I enlisted pro mountain
            bike rider...

Posted: 6 days ago

Pam LeBlanc checks out a trail at McKinney Roughs Nature Park on Monday, Nov. 13. The trails open to the public on Nov. 24. Stephen Spillman for the American-Statesman   McKinney Roughs Nature Park is preparing to open 13 miles of trail to mountain bikers in a few weeks, and I enlisted pro mountain bike rider...
Forget a new car, I just bought a new adventure craft!
 Chris and Pam LeBlanc christen their new canoe in their backyard Sunday evening.   I took the canoe plunge yesterday. In the last year, I’ve discovered how much I love paddling. I kayaked the Llano, Colorado, Pedernales and San Marcos rivers,
            plus Mexican Creek, Lake Travis and Lady Bird Lake. I also canoed for four...

Posted: 7 days ago

Chris and Pam LeBlanc christen their new canoe in their backyard Sunday evening.   I took the canoe plunge yesterday. In the last year, I’ve discovered how much I love paddling. I kayaked the Llano, Colorado, Pedernales and San Marcos rivers, plus Mexican Creek, Lake Travis and Lady Bird Lake. I also canoed for four...
Mother and daughter vow to run 100 5Ks before high school graduation
 A few months ago, Margo Stefka and her daughter Skylar made a pact — one that spans four years and more than 300 miles. If all goes according to plan, the pair will cross the finish line of 100 5K races by the time Skylar, a ninth-grader, graduates from Lago Vista High School in May 2021. To meet that goal, they’ll have to pound...

Posted: 8 days ago

A few months ago, Margo Stefka and her daughter Skylar made a pact — one that spans four years and more than 300 miles. If all goes according to plan, the pair will cross the finish line of 100 5K races by the time Skylar, a ninth-grader, graduates from Lago Vista High School in May 2021. To meet that goal, they’ll have to pound...
Electric bike seller Rocket Electrics opens downtown location
 John and Nicole Zinn pose with an electric cargo bike in front of the newest location of Rocket Electrics in downtown Austin.
               PAM LeBLANC/American-Statesman Last Sunday morning, I had places to go and things to do. But between the Run for the Water, where I needed to arrive with fresh legs at 6:30 a.m., and the Texas Book Festival...

Posted: 11 days ago

John and Nicole Zinn pose with an electric cargo bike in front of the newest location of Rocket Electrics in downtown Austin. PAM LeBLANC/American-Statesman Last Sunday morning, I had places to go and things to do. But between the Run for the Water, where I needed to arrive with fresh legs at 6:30 a.m., and the Texas Book Festival...
Fit City’s picks for a fit, fun weekend
 This year’s Reel Rock film festival features a film titled “Stump,” about one-handed climber Maureen Beck. Photo by Katrin
               Bell If you’re like us, this week’s blast of cool weather made you want to get outside and snag your legs on some brambles. (Or
            maybe it just made you want to get...

Posted: 11 days ago

This year’s Reel Rock film festival features a film titled “Stump,” about one-handed climber Maureen Beck. Photo by Katrin Bell If you’re like us, this week’s blast of cool weather made you want to get outside and snag your legs on some brambles. (Or maybe it just made you want to get...