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

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: a day 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: 3 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: 4 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...
Adventure Girls inject excitement into everyday life
 Six women clamber over a cluster of elephant-size boulders to a knob of rock, then peer over the edge into glinting water 18 feet below. Together, they admire the view, acknowledge their fears, voice a few words of encouragement and count — one, two, three! — before taking a flying leap into Lake Travis. They hit the water, the...

Posted: 8 days ago

Six women clamber over a cluster of elephant-size boulders to a knob of rock, then peer over the edge into glinting water 18 feet below. Together, they admire the view, acknowledge their fears, voice a few words of encouragement and count — one, two, three! — before taking a flying leap into Lake Travis. They hit the water, the...
In Atlanta, ditch the car and head to the BeltLine to explore the city
 Along a bustling strip of the Atlanta BeltLine, 20-year-old twins Rachel and Autumn Read, dressed in fishnet stockings and denim, photograph each other against an old warehouse covered in murals. The women moved to the city four months ago to launch careers in modeling, acting, standup comedy and circus performance. They frequent this urban...

Posted: 9 days ago

Along a bustling strip of the Atlanta BeltLine, 20-year-old twins Rachel and Autumn Read, dressed in fishnet stockings and denim, photograph each other against an old warehouse covered in murals. The women moved to the city four months ago to launch careers in modeling, acting, standup comedy and circus performance. They frequent this urban...
Fabulous after 60? Fit folks needed for Austin 60 Strong calendar
 Two local physician networks are looking for fit folks tohighlight in their Austin 60 Strong calendar.   Know a senior who’d look good in a calendar? Two local physician networks are looking for a dozen fit and inspirational Central Texas residents, ages 60 to 69, to feature
            in the 2019 Austin 60 Strong calendar. Contestants...

Posted: 10 days ago

Two local physician networks are looking for fit folks tohighlight in their Austin 60 Strong calendar.   Know a senior who’d look good in a calendar? Two local physician networks are looking for a dozen fit and inspirational Central Texas residents, ages 60 to 69, to feature in the 2019 Austin 60 Strong calendar. Contestants...
Logjams, man-sized gar and hallucinations: Texas Water Safari kicks off Saturday
 Team Dirty Dogs lowers their five-person canoe over Cummings Dam on the San Marcos River on Sunday. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman Once they negotiate the boat-bashing chaos of the start in San Marcos, they’ll face the first rapids. Then will come a twisting stretch of river, a mud-slickened portage or two, a dam, more rapids, more...

Posted: 12 days ago

Team Dirty Dogs lowers their five-person canoe over Cummings Dam on the San Marcos River on Sunday. Pam LeBlanc/American-Statesman Once they negotiate the boat-bashing chaos of the start in San Marcos, they’ll face the first rapids. Then will come a twisting stretch of river, a mud-slickened portage or two, a dam, more rapids, more...
Looking for a slow, boozy run? Try the Fun Stop 5K & Festival
 Love the idea of a running race but don’t really want to go fast? Think it would be more fun to consume adult beverages and glide down a Slip ’N Slide along the way? You can do all that at the 2018 Fun Stop 5K & Fest, set for June 23. Organizers proudly point out that it likely could rank as the slowest 5K you’ll ever run...

Posted: 15 days ago

Love the idea of a running race but don’t really want to go fast? Think it would be more fun to consume adult beverages and glide down a Slip ’N Slide along the way? You can do all that at the 2018 Fun Stop 5K & Fest, set for June 23. Organizers proudly point out that it likely could rank as the slowest 5K you’ll ever run...
Celebrate Global Running Day at this free social run on June 6
 Celebrate Global Running Day with a free community run that starts and finishes at the Austin American-Statesman (File photo/American-Statesman)   Lace up your running shoes, people. To celebrate Global Running Day on June 6, the Statesman Capitol 10K, Austin Marathon and 3M Half Marathon staffs are organizing
            a free social...

Posted: 16 days ago

Celebrate Global Running Day with a free community run that starts and finishes at the Austin American-Statesman (File photo/American-Statesman)   Lace up your running shoes, people. To celebrate Global Running Day on June 6, the Statesman Capitol 10K, Austin Marathon and 3M Half Marathon staffs are organizing a free social...