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

Calling all runners – Austin needs your blood
 Members of Team Spiridon log a training run. Photo by Rob Hill   Let’s face it. Most runners tend toward the obsessive when it comes to their health. That’s why a local running coach wants
            them to donate whole blood or platelets during a drive he’s calling Blood Runs Deep. “It’s as simple as...

Posted: 3 hours ago

Members of Team Spiridon log a training run. Photo by Rob Hill   Let’s face it. Most runners tend toward the obsessive when it comes to their health. That’s why a local running coach wants them to donate whole blood or platelets during a drive he’s calling Blood Runs Deep. “It’s as simple as...
Paddlers to traverse 21 miles of Lake Austin for Dam That Cancer
 Stand-up paddleboarders, in front left to right, Liz Kelley, Scott Herz and Rob Koenig float past the Pennybacker Bridge during
               the 5th annual Tyler’s Dam That Cancer event in 2014. The event raises money for The Flatwater Foundation, a nonprofit that
               provides access to mental health services for those...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Stand-up paddleboarders, in front left to right, Liz Kelley, Scott Herz and Rob Koenig float past the Pennybacker Bridge during the 5th annual Tyler’s Dam That Cancer event in 2014. The event raises money for The Flatwater Foundation, a nonprofit that provides access to mental health services for those...
Paddleboarders to traverse 21 miles on Lake Austin for Dam that Cancer
 Stand-up paddleboarders, in front left to right, Liz Kelley, Scott Herz and Rob Koenig float past the Pennybacker Bridge during
               the 5th annual Tyler’s Dam That Cancer event in 2014. The event raises money for The Flatwater Foundation, a nonprofit that
               provides access to mental health services for those...

Posted: 14 hours ago

Stand-up paddleboarders, in front left to right, Liz Kelley, Scott Herz and Rob Koenig float past the Pennybacker Bridge during the 5th annual Tyler’s Dam That Cancer event in 2014. The event raises money for The Flatwater Foundation, a nonprofit that provides access to mental health services for those...
Ladies, meet other female cyclists at this event
 Meet other female cyclists at a meet-and-greet Wednesday at Mellow Johnny’s.   Looking for a welcoming group of cycling compadres, ladies? The ATX Sirens, Driveway Sheros will host a team meet-and-greet on June 20, so interested women can socialize with cyclists
            from women’s racing teams from around Austin. The...

Posted: a day ago

Meet other female cyclists at a meet-and-greet Wednesday at Mellow Johnny’s.   Looking for a welcoming group of cycling compadres, ladies? The ATX Sirens, Driveway Sheros will host a team meet-and-greet on June 20, so interested women can socialize with cyclists from women’s racing teams from around Austin. The...
NLand Surf Park pushes reopening to June 26
 Surfer Bree Kleintop, riding with pro surfers from Team Lost Surfboards by Mayhem, rides a wave during an exhibition held
               at NLand Surf Park on Sunday, Sept. 03 2017 at NLand Surf Park. (Rodolfo Gonzalez for Austin American-Statesman)   NLand Surf Park has pushed back its reopening date to June 26. The park closed recently...

Posted: a day ago

Surfer Bree Kleintop, riding with pro surfers from Team Lost Surfboards by Mayhem, rides a wave during an exhibition held at NLand Surf Park on Sunday, Sept. 03 2017 at NLand Surf Park. (Rodolfo Gonzalez for Austin American-Statesman)   NLand Surf Park has pushed back its reopening date to June 26. The park closed recently...
Need some moving meditation? Try this free Tai Chi class at Bull Creek Park
 Catch a free tai chi class at Bull Creek Park every Saturday. Vince Cobalis/Special to the American-Statesman Add this one to the free fitness folder… Ip Sun Tai Chi practitioners meet from 9-10:30 a.m. every Saturday at Bull Creek Park, 
            6701 Lakewood Drive to practice their form of moving meditation. Meet in the small...

Posted: a day ago

Catch a free tai chi class at Bull Creek Park every Saturday. Vince Cobalis/Special to the American-Statesman Add this one to the free fitness folder… Ip Sun Tai Chi practitioners meet from 9-10:30 a.m. every Saturday at Bull Creek Park, 6701 Lakewood Drive to practice their form of moving meditation. Meet in the small...
Fly-fishing in Central Texas is about more than the catch
 I’m gliding along an inlet of Lady Bird Lake aboard an inflatable raft, casting a line toward shore as fly-fishing guide John Erskine maneuvers us around a leggy blue heron. Erskine, an executive at an Austin gaming company, loves to fish — especially fly-fish — and manages to sneak away from his desk job 30 or 40 days a...

Posted: 4 days ago

I’m gliding along an inlet of Lady Bird Lake aboard an inflatable raft, casting a line toward shore as fly-fishing guide John Erskine maneuvers us around a leggy blue heron. Erskine, an executive at an Austin gaming company, loves to fish — especially fly-fish — and manages to sneak away from his desk job 30 or 40 days a...
On International Day of Yoga, do a downward dog with 3,000 people
 The public is invited to attend a free community yoga session Saturday on the lawn of the Texas State Capitol. Expect to see a lot of downward dogs in downtown Austin this Saturday. More than 3,000 people will gather on the lawn of the Texas State Capitol at 5:45 p.m. for 90 minutes of yoga, meditation,
            music and dance on the...

Posted: 6 days ago

The public is invited to attend a free community yoga session Saturday on the lawn of the Texas State Capitol. Expect to see a lot of downward dogs in downtown Austin this Saturday. More than 3,000 people will gather on the lawn of the Texas State Capitol at 5:45 p.m. for 90 minutes of yoga, meditation, music and dance on the...
Calling all adventure dogs: We’re looking for you!
 Heads up, four-legged adventurers: We’re looking for the most adventurous dogs in Central Texas. Would you rather dive into Lake Travis than snooze at your master’s side on the sofa? Scramble up a hilltop than eat a bowl of kibble? Do you dream of a division for dogs at the Tough Mudder or pine for days that start with a ride...

Posted: 7 days ago

Heads up, four-legged adventurers: We’re looking for the most adventurous dogs in Central Texas. Would you rather dive into Lake Travis than snooze at your master’s side on the sofa? Scramble up a hilltop than eat a bowl of kibble? Do you dream of a division for dogs at the Tough Mudder or pine for days that start with a ride...