- By Pam LeBlanc American-Statesman Staff
Here at Fit City, we’re constantly trolling the waters (and sifting through press releases) to find the coolest ways to spend these hot summer days.
What’s caught our eye lately? Lots. If you’re into bats, paddling, yoga, beer, swimming or running — and we know you are — read on.
Moonlight Bat Float
Did someone say live music, paddling and Mexican free-tailed bats? The Texas River School hosts a monthly Moonlight Bat Float on Lady Bird Lake. Meet at the Texas Rowing Center, 1541 West Cesar Chavez St., climb into a kayak or canoe and paddle downriver to watch the bats emerge from beneath the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. A musician will paddle along, serenading the group. The next outing is set for Aug. 5. Check-in is at 6:30 p.m., and paddlers launch at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults or $10 for kids. Future floats are scheduled for Sept. 9 and Oct. 7. Make advance reservations at texasriverschool.org.
Pints & Poses
The Hyatt Regency Austin hosts a monthly yoga session, and participants get a coupon for a draft beer at the hotel’s Marker 10 bar afterward. The best news? It’s all free, including parking in the hotel’s garage. The Pints & Poses classes start at 6:30 p.m. in the air-conditioned Texas Ballroom on the hotel’s second floor. For more information, call 512-477-1234 or go to austin.hyatt.com.
Splash ’n Dash
Heads up, multi-sport fans. Pure Austin hosts the next race in its Splash ’n Dash series on July 18. The race — a 750-meter swim plus a 3K run — starts at 6:30 p.m. The races take place the third Tuesday of each month through September at Pure Austin Fitness, 4210 West Braker Lane. Registration is $20 in advance or $25 on site the day of the event. To sign up, go to pureaustin.com.
Hottest Day of the Year Ride
It’s fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk hot, people. Why not just embrace the heat? Bike Austin will host its annual Hottest Day of the Year Ride starting at 2 p.m. Aug. 12. Cyclists will start from three separate locations — one north, one south and one east — with each route stopping at various swimming pools along the way. All three routes will converge at the same yet-to-be-determined spot for a post-ride party with music, cold drinks and door prizes. Registration is $10 for members or $15 for nonmembers in advance (add $5 for day of signup) and includes snacks along the way, mechanical support during the ride and the after-party. Learn more at bikeaustin.org/rides/hottestday.
100th running of Vern’s No Frills 5K
We love inexpensive fitness events, and Vern’s No Frills 5K has been serving up its buck-a-head run (free for students and members of the Georgetown Running Club) since 2009. On Aug. 19, organizers will celebrate the 100th running of the event, which started as a way to encourage people to participate in a fun, casual and professionally organized race. The event was renamed to honor Vern Cantwell, the race’s first starter, who died of a heart attack while cycling with friends. The race takes place at 8 a.m. every third Saturday of the month at Berry Springs Park and Preserve, 1801 County Road 152. Proceeds (yes, even at that price the race has raised money) have funded a log splitter, wildflower seeds, fish pond stocking, trail markers, trail certification, barn maintenance and interpretive sign updating at the park. RSVP by emailing Bill@NoExcusesRunning.com.