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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

For a fun day trip, kayak the San Marcos River
  [youtube=] (Drone footage by Chris LeBlanc)   I’ve suddenly become a paddling junkie, with recent trips down the Llano River, the Devils River and the Pedernales River.

Posted: 7 hours ago

  [youtube=] (Drone footage by Chris LeBlanc)   I’ve suddenly become a paddling junkie, with recent trips down the Llano River, the Devils River and the Pedernales River.
Public invited to help determine future of Seaholm intake building
 Want a say in what becomes of the old Seaholm water intake structure? The Austin Parks Foundation and the Trail Foundation are funding a study to help decide what to do with the old art deco building and some surrounding parkland next to the river downtown. They’re working in partnership with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department...

Posted: 9 days ago

Want a say in what becomes of the old Seaholm water intake structure? The Austin Parks Foundation and the Trail Foundation are funding a study to help decide what to do with the old art deco building and some surrounding parkland next to the river downtown. They’re working in partnership with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department...
The Devil made me do it
 The Devils River bashes your shins, blasts you with headwinds and tricks you with reed mazes. And right now, at the top of a washing machine of cascading water called Three Tier Rapid, my knees won’t stop knocking. I’m three days into a four-day paddle trip down this turquoise ribbon of liquid, and the only way home is forward...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Devils River bashes your shins, blasts you with headwinds and tricks you with reed mazes. And right now, at the top of a washing machine of cascading water called Three Tier Rapid, my knees won’t stop knocking. I’m three days into a four-day paddle trip down this turquoise ribbon of liquid, and the only way home is forward...
Bikers get new bridges, drivers get more MoPac
 It just got a whole lot easier to commute by bike from Southwest Austin to downtown. Driving should be better by Thursday morning as well, at least across a specific stretch of South MoPac Boulevard. The string of three bicycle and pedestrian bridges alongside South MoPac where it crosses Loop 360 and Barton Creek opened Wednesday morning...

Posted: 12 days ago

It just got a whole lot easier to commute by bike from Southwest Austin to downtown. Driving should be better by Thursday morning as well, at least across a specific stretch of South MoPac Boulevard. The string of three bicycle and pedestrian bridges alongside South MoPac where it crosses Loop 360 and Barton Creek opened Wednesday morning...
Bike bridges open, linking South Austin to Zilker Park
 It just got a whole lot easier to commute by bike from Southwest Austin to downtown. Driving should be better by Thursday morning as well, at least across a specific stretch of South MoPac Boulevard. The string of three bicycle and pedestrian bridges alongside South MoPac where it crosses Loop 360 and Barton Creek opened Wednesday morning ...

Posted: 12 days ago

It just got a whole lot easier to commute by bike from Southwest Austin to downtown. Driving should be better by Thursday morning as well, at least across a specific stretch of South MoPac Boulevard. The string of three bicycle and pedestrian bridges alongside South MoPac where it crosses Loop 360 and Barton Creek opened Wednesday morning ...
What’s it like to rappel down a 38-story high-rise in downtown Austin?
 I really do feel like Wonder Woman up here, creeping down the shimmery skin of a 38-story high-rise building in downtown Austin. Except, of course, for my legs, which are shaking so badly I could probably hitch them up to a generator and power an entire city full of lights for 24 hours. I glance over my shoulder, without looking...

Posted: 12 days ago

I really do feel like Wonder Woman up here, creeping down the shimmery skin of a 38-story high-rise building in downtown Austin. Except, of course, for my legs, which are shaking so badly I could probably hitch them up to a generator and power an entire city full of lights for 24 hours. I glance over my shoulder, without looking...
New bike and pedestrian bridge over Barton Creek opens
It just got a whole lot easier to commute by bike from southwest Austin to downtown. The bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Loop 360 and Barton Creek opened this week, and I took an 8-mile detour just so I roll along the new, ultra smooth stretch of concrete.

Posted: 13 days ago

It just got a whole lot easier to commute by bike from southwest Austin to downtown. The bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Loop 360 and Barton Creek opened this week, and I took an 8-mile detour just so I roll along the new, ultra smooth stretch of concrete.
Bike Austin: Charges against driver who hit four cyclists not harsh enough
(Laura Skelding / 2014 American-Statesman) The relatively minor charges filed against the driver of a car that crashed into a group of cyclists over the weekend send the wrong message, according to officials with a non-profit organization that promotes cycling.

Posted: 14 days ago

(Laura Skelding / 2014 American-Statesman) The relatively minor charges filed against the driver of a car that crashed into a group of cyclists over the weekend send the wrong message, according to officials with a non-profit organization that promotes cycling.
For a glimpse of the East Texas bayou, book a trip on the Ivory Bill
 A 10-minute ride from a downtown marina, a curtain of green pulls back, showcasing the Neches River. A snowy egret, its yellow feet as bright as crayons, flaps overhead, leading the Ivory Bill pontoon boat toward Ten Mile Bayou. All around, the swampy surroundings echo with the call of birds. A blue heron perches on a tree. Turtles plop into...

Posted: 17 days ago

A 10-minute ride from a downtown marina, a curtain of green pulls back, showcasing the Neches River. A snowy egret, its yellow feet as bright as crayons, flaps overhead, leading the Ivory Bill pontoon boat toward Ten Mile Bayou. All around, the swampy surroundings echo with the call of birds. A blue heron perches on a tree. Turtles plop into...