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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

Why did Fit City declare 2017 her Year of Adventure? Tune in to Grit and Dirt podcast
 Kathryn Taylor, left, and Bethany Rugledge, right, have launched a podcast and blog called Grit and Dirt. Fit City is the
               featured guest Monday. Photo contributed by Kathryn Taylor It takes grit to do worthwhile stuff. But how do you get started? Sometimes you need a little background dirt to help you
            reach goals...

Posted: 22 hours ago

Kathryn Taylor, left, and Bethany Rugledge, right, have launched a podcast and blog called Grit and Dirt. Fit City is the featured guest Monday. Photo contributed by Kathryn Taylor It takes grit to do worthwhile stuff. But how do you get started? Sometimes you need a little background dirt to help you reach goals...
Austin runners Macsas and Brooks set new Wonderland Trail record – by 2 hours
 Allison Macsas, left, and Mallory Brooks, right, set a new women’s record for an unsupported trail run around Mount Rainier.
               Photo by Gabe Steger Two Austin runners set a new women’s time record on the 93-mile Wonderland Trail today, cutting nearly 2 hours off the previous
            record set in 2012. Allison...

Posted: a day ago

Allison Macsas, left, and Mallory Brooks, right, set a new women’s record for an unsupported trail run around Mount Rainier. Photo by Gabe Steger Two Austin runners set a new women’s time record on the 93-mile Wonderland Trail today, cutting nearly 2 hours off the previous record set in 2012. Allison...
Austin runners hope to set record on Wonderland Trail in Washington
 The Wonderland Trail circumnavigates Mount Rainier in Washington, and most people who see it carry loaded backpacks, sleep in tents and stop periodically to snap photos or soak their feet in streams. Not Allison Macsas or Mallory Brooks. The two Austin runners hope to set a new women’s time record as they cover the 93-mile trail without...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Wonderland Trail circumnavigates Mount Rainier in Washington, and most people who see it carry loaded backpacks, sleep in tents and stop periodically to snap photos or soak their feet in streams. Not Allison Macsas or Mallory Brooks. The two Austin runners hope to set a new women’s time record as they cover the 93-mile trail without...
Forget nightclubs – toss hatchets instead at Austin’s newest club
 Urban Axes, a competitive hatchet-throwing venue, will open Sept. 15 in Austin. Photo courtesy Urban Axes Austin   The end-over-end whirl of an axe soaring through the air, followed by a heavy thunk as it embeds in a slab of wood. Guests get one-on-one instruction from a coach. Photo courtesy Urban Axes Austin Nothing provides the satisfaction...

Posted: 6 days ago

Urban Axes, a competitive hatchet-throwing venue, will open Sept. 15 in Austin. Photo courtesy Urban Axes Austin   The end-over-end whirl of an axe soaring through the air, followed by a heavy thunk as it embeds in a slab of wood. Guests get one-on-one instruction from a coach. Photo courtesy Urban Axes Austin Nothing provides the satisfaction...
Terlingua Adventure Beer Company blends Big Bend, brew and dreams
 The way Tony Drewry sees it, a beer castle will rise in the desert. It will house a modern history of Texas beer, via a collection of cans and memorabilia. And it will lure adventure seekers, especially those with a background in the beer industry, from all corners of the state. They will gather in the Big Bend region to paddle, hike and...

Posted: 7 days ago

The way Tony Drewry sees it, a beer castle will rise in the desert. It will house a modern history of Texas beer, via a collection of cans and memorabilia. And it will lure adventure seekers, especially those with a background in the beer industry, from all corners of the state. They will gather in the Big Bend region to paddle, hike and...
Water Ski Nationals under way at San Marcos River Ranch
 Bailey Austin will compete at this week’s Goode Water Ski National Championships at San Marcos River Ranch. Photo courtesy
               Phillip Fields Photography   The best water skiers in the world are competing in Central Texas this week, at the 75th annual Goode Water Ski National Championships
            outside of San...

Posted: 8 days ago

Bailey Austin will compete at this week’s Goode Water Ski National Championships at San Marcos River Ranch. Photo courtesy Phillip Fields Photography   The best water skiers in the world are competing in Central Texas this week, at the 75th annual Goode Water Ski National Championships outside of San...
Zilker Relays kicks off fall running season on Sept. 8
 Pam LeBlanc, Jody Seaborn, Mercedes Orten and Chris Thibert jump before the 2014 Zilker Relays. Photo by Chris LeBlanc Fall must be coming after all. The Zilker Relays traditionally kicks off the fall racing season in Austin, and this year’s race is set for Friday, Sept.
            8. Teams of four run a cumulative 10-mile race around...

Posted: 9 days ago

Pam LeBlanc, Jody Seaborn, Mercedes Orten and Chris Thibert jump before the 2014 Zilker Relays. Photo by Chris LeBlanc Fall must be coming after all. The Zilker Relays traditionally kicks off the fall racing season in Austin, and this year’s race is set for Friday, Sept. 8. Teams of four run a cumulative 10-mile race around...
More pics of Laurie Allen at Jack’s Generic Triathlon
 Andrea Fisher, left, and an unidentified friend, right, carry Laurie Allen toward the water during Jack’s Generic Triathlon
               on Sunday. Photo by Carrie Barrett   You can see the happiness in Laurie Allen’s eyes in these photos from Jack’s Generic Triathlon last weekend. Laurie Allen gets settled in the...

Posted: 9 days ago

Andrea Fisher, left, and an unidentified friend, right, carry Laurie Allen toward the water during Jack’s Generic Triathlon on Sunday. Photo by Carrie Barrett   You can see the happiness in Laurie Allen’s eyes in these photos from Jack’s Generic Triathlon last weekend. Laurie Allen gets settled in the...
Laurie Allen, paralyzed in 2015 fall, finishes Jack’s Generic Tri
 Laurie Allen returned to triathlon Sunday, competing in the Jack’s Generic Triathlon. Photo courtesy Andrea Fisher Triathlete Laurie Allen returned to her beloved sport of triathlon Sunday, completing a modified version of Jack’s Generic
            Triathlon just two and a half years after she was paralyzed in a fall. Allen finished...

Posted: 9 days ago

Laurie Allen returned to triathlon Sunday, competing in the Jack’s Generic Triathlon. Photo courtesy Andrea Fisher Triathlete Laurie Allen returned to her beloved sport of triathlon Sunday, completing a modified version of Jack’s Generic Triathlon just two and a half years after she was paralyzed in a fall. Allen finished...
What’s it like to bike to work in the rain? Watch here
 I looked like someone aimed a fire hose at me when I got to work this morning: Water dripping down my legs, hair plastered
            to my head beneath my helmet, clothes sopping wet. Water is covering the Shoal Creek hike-and-bike trail at 34th Street this morning. Pam LeBlanc Still, I couldn’t stop smiling. RELATED: Storms keep...

Posted: 10 days ago

I looked like someone aimed a fire hose at me when I got to work this morning: Water dripping down my legs, hair plastered to my head beneath my helmet, clothes sopping wet. Water is covering the Shoal Creek hike-and-bike trail at 34th Street this morning. Pam LeBlanc Still, I couldn’t stop smiling. RELATED: Storms keep...
Like running and free beer? Join East Side Beer Runners
 The East Side Beer Runners meet every Wednesday for a quality workout, followed by a free beer. Photo courtesy Jon Pafk   What’s better than a free workout? A free workout plus a free beer, of course. At least that’s the philosophy of Jon Pafk, who launched the East Side Beer Runners about a year ago. The group meets at 6...

Posted: 10 days ago

The East Side Beer Runners meet every Wednesday for a quality workout, followed by a free beer. Photo courtesy Jon Pafk   What’s better than a free workout? A free workout plus a free beer, of course. At least that’s the philosophy of Jon Pafk, who launched the East Side Beer Runners about a year ago. The group meets at 6...