Endurance sports junkies, meet Thea.com.
The website, which launched recently in Austin, helps match people who like biking, running and triathlon with group rides, runs and races. It also includes listings for trainers who specialize in preparing athletes for long, grueling adventures.
The site lists hundreds of upcoming amateur and professional events, and it’s easy to filter by type of event, location, skill level, race date and more. Best of all, it’s free to search the site or list an event there.
Dennis Lastochkin and Efim Gendler created Thea after realizing the need for a single place to search a wide array of listings. When Lastochkin, a 34-year-old competitive cyclist, first got into biking, he rode with a friend once a week. When that friend moved away, he found himself without a training partner. He knew a lot of group rides existed but didn’t know how to find information about them.
The site launched a few months ago. Lastochkin says he hopes to expand it across the state and into Colorado, California and other points west in coming months. He also plans to integrate it with Strava, an online site and mobile app where runners and cyclists track and compare their athletic activity.
The free events listings don’t spawn revenue, but the company makes money through its listings of trainers and paid bike tours. Lastochkin compares the site to Meetup.com, if it had more filters to search results, or Airbnb for bike tours.
“If you go to Thea, we have about 143 group rides in Austin — some weekly rides, some once a month, and some one-time rides. You can find out which fit you based on location, speed, distance, route selection, if it’s hilly or not and what fits your schedules,” says Lastochkin, a self-employed computer programmer. “Having that kind of database really helps draw more people into the sport.”
The website creators also work with bicycle shops, running stores, clubs and organizations to set up their own listings. Both Bike Austin and Violet Crown Sports Association already team with Thea.
“It’s all those things in one place, and they’re all connected,” Lastochkin says.
There’s still time to Trot
The best way to assuage the guilt from the gut-busting turkey feast you’re about to pack away? A 5-mile run through the streets of Austin.
Registration is still open for the 2016 ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, the largest 5-mile race in Texas.
The timed 5-mile race starts at 9 a.m. Nov. 24 at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. The untimed 5-mile run starts 10 minutes later, followed by a 1-mile run/walk. Children can participate in the Kids K at 8:15 a.m.
Online registration is $30 for the untimed 5-mile, $35 for the timed 5-mile, $25 for the 1-mile walk and $10 for the Stepping Stone School Kids K. Prices increase by $5 on Thanksgiving Day. To register go to thundercloud.com. Proceeds benefit Caritas of Austin.
Dream of seeing your artwork on the annual Turkey Trot T-shirt? You’re too late for this year — Rebecca Vick of Bastrop already took that honor. But next year’s contest has already begun. Deadline to submit a design is Nov. 28. The winner gets gift certificates for 365 sub sandwiches and his or her artwork on more than 20,000 T-shirts. For more information, go to thundercloud.com/turkey-trot/art-contest.
Elf on the run
Don your emerald-colored tunic and red-and-white striped socks and prepare to channel your inner elf at the Elf Pub Run and Film, set for Dec. 6.
Participants will meet at 6 p.m. at Stateside at the Paramount, 719 Congress Ave. From there, they’ll dash through downtown Austin, stopping for a beer at Whole Foods Market before returning to the theater for more refreshments and a costume contest. The movie “Elf” will screen at 7:45 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for the film, run, beer and a special gift, or $10 for the film only. For more information, go to tickets.austintheatre.org.