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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

Drink Zilker Brewing Co.’s Parks & Rec beer, help Zilker Park
 I do love a beer after a nice bike ride. Or a paddling session, run or swim, on occasion. In case you needed another reason to toss back a cold one, check out the newest release from Zilker Brewing Company — a canned version of its Parks & Rec brew, a limited-edition beer that honors Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary. A portion...

Posted: a day ago

I do love a beer after a nice bike ride. Or a paddling session, run or swim, on occasion. In case you needed another reason to toss back a cold one, check out the newest release from Zilker Brewing Company — a canned version of its Parks & Rec brew, a limited-edition beer that honors Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary. A portion...
On the Mighty 5 Tour, see Utah’s geologic freak show in luxury
 I feel like I’m wandering the set of the original “Star Trek” series. Any moment now, a snaggle-toothed alien could appear from behind a giant, mushroom-shaped rock formation. Heck, a spaceship could land behind one of those bacon-striped canyon walls and it wouldn’t surprise me. I call Utah the geologic freak show...

Posted: 2 days ago

I feel like I’m wandering the set of the original “Star Trek” series. Any moment now, a snaggle-toothed alien could appear from behind a giant, mushroom-shaped rock formation. Heck, a spaceship could land behind one of those bacon-striped canyon walls and it wouldn’t surprise me. I call Utah the geologic freak show...
LSU wins cool-shaped pool contest with new swimming hole
One of the outdoor pools at Louisiana State University is shaped like the letters LSU. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman I get twitchy if I can’t swim or run or bike or hike or move in some way when I’m on the road – and I travel a lot for my job (and fun).

Posted: 3 days ago

One of the outdoor pools at Louisiana State University is shaped like the letters LSU. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman I get twitchy if I can’t swim or run or bike or hike or move in some way when I’m on the road – and I travel a lot for my job (and fun).
Fit Foodie Festival and 5K set for Saturday in Round Rock
The Fit Foodie Festival takes place Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.   Imagine a fitness event that’s all about food, with a 5K run featuring food stations at every mile and a finish line festival with a lineup of local chefs.

Posted: 4 days ago

The Fit Foodie Festival takes place Saturday at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.   Imagine a fitness event that’s all about food, with a 5K run featuring food stations at every mile and a finish line festival with a lineup of local chefs.
Reveille Peak Ranch opens endurance trail
 A few years ago, I found myself grinding up a sandpapery expanse of granite at Reveille Peak Ranch, moaning a little as I hopped on and off my mountain bike to navigate the potentially rib-cracking terrain. Steep, rugged, able to shear the skin right off your kneecap at the slightest provocation, the ranch’s twisty trails have garnered...

Posted: 8 days ago

A few years ago, I found myself grinding up a sandpapery expanse of granite at Reveille Peak Ranch, moaning a little as I hopped on and off my mountain bike to navigate the potentially rib-cracking terrain. Steep, rugged, able to shear the skin right off your kneecap at the slightest provocation, the ranch’s twisty trails have garnered...
Take a hike — and learn about history — in West Texas
 Make some time for the dinosaurs the next time you head to West Texas. Big Bend National Park recently unveiled its new Fossil Discovery Exhibit, and the bronzed, gaping jaws of an ancient toothy alligator have already lured a steady stream of tourists, eager to pose with their head in its grasp, into the open-air shelter. It’s just...

Posted: 10 days ago

Make some time for the dinosaurs the next time you head to West Texas. Big Bend National Park recently unveiled its new Fossil Discovery Exhibit, and the bronzed, gaping jaws of an ancient toothy alligator have already lured a steady stream of tourists, eager to pose with their head in its grasp, into the open-air shelter. It’s just...
On Bike to Work Day, cyclists get free breakfast — and encouragement
 Bike to Work Day ranks high on my list of best days of the year. Stations all over the city handing out free breakfast items and coffee to people who pedal to work? You don’t get much better than that. This year’s event is set for May 19, and more than 40 official locations will participate, along with a smattering of rogue stations...

Posted: 16 days ago

Bike to Work Day ranks high on my list of best days of the year. Stations all over the city handing out free breakfast items and coffee to people who pedal to work? You don’t get much better than that. This year’s event is set for May 19, and more than 40 official locations will participate, along with a smattering of rogue stations...