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Austin's a fit city. There's no doubt about it. Journey along with Pamela LeBlanc as she explores all that's out there for the fitness-minded.

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Texas Running Company celebrates new murals with party

Texas Running Company to celebrate murals with party

Artists have wrapped up work on some cool new murals inside the Texas Running Company store. Now store owners want to celebrate.

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Statesman Cap10K drops kids' race, adds start waves

Statesman Cap10K drops kids' race, adds start waves

Changes are in store for next year's Statesman Capitol 10,000. The long-time 10K race, which will mark its 38th running in 2015, is dropping the CapKids Run and creating staggered starting waves in the main race.

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Food writer, fitness writer swap worlds

What happens when a food writer and fitness writer swap worlds?

Food writer Addie Broyles and I have been delving into each other's worlds lately. Last Thursday night, Addie and I sliced and diced together, whipping up a batch of bison/beef burgers and a slew of sauteed vegetables for dinner in my kitchen.

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Fit Folks: Kathy DeLaunay

Kathy DeLaunay, 60 For many years I was in a leadership role at a major airline where long hours and extensive travel seemed to keep me from exercising.

Free-solo climber Alex Honnold to speak in Austin

Free-solo climber Alex Honnold to speak in Austin

For fun, Alex Honnold scales huge sheer rock walls - and I do mean huge - without ropes or safety harnesses.

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David Baxter ready for 1,000-mile Canadian bike race

David Baxter ready for 1,000-mile Canadian bike race

David Baxter’s definition of a long ride differs from most. Next week, the 45-year-old Austin computer programmer (he'll be 46 tomorrow) will set off on a 1,000-mile endurance bicycle race in the mountains of British Columbia.

Checking off the Central Texas swimming pool bucket list

Checking off the Central Texas swimming pool bucket list

It all started with a diving board. My 5-year-old daughter, Kona, took her first tentative plunge into the deep end of a swimming pool during a May visit to Houston and became completely hooked on the walk-bounce-splash rhythm that a diving board provides.

Meeting Monday to discuss future of Auditorium Shores

Meeting Monday to discuss future of Auditorium Shores

Want a say in how Auditorium Shores is developed over the next 20 years? The public is invited to participate in a community feedback session to help plan Town Lake Metropolitan Park along Lady Bird Lake.

Mud, gravel cover parts of new Southern Walnut Creek Trail

Mud, gravel cover parts of new Southern Walnut Creek Trail

That beautiful new bike trail I wrote about in Monday's paper? Parts of it are now slathered in gravel and mud, thanks to recent heavy rains.

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LeBlanc: Southern Walnut Creek Trail provides miles of pedaling bliss

LeBlanc: Southern Walnut Creek Trail provides miles of pedaling bliss

Bicyclists, prepare to be wowed.A sparkling new ribbon of pathway has opened in Austin, and it serves up nearly 10 miles of separated-from-the-road pedaling bliss between Govalle Park and Walter E.

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Austin360 recreation calendar, July 18 - July 24

Austin360 recreation calendar, July 18 - July 24

Markets & bazaarsBarton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square Mall, intersection of South Loop 1 and South Capital of Texas Highway.

Naturally Fit Games set for July 26

Naturally Fit Games coming July 26

Some of the buffest bodies in Austin will be on display July 26 at the 2014 Naturally Fit Games. The one-day event at the Austin Convention Center will feature weightlifting, powerlifting, body building and figure competitions, as well as a model search, CrossFit, fitness demonstrations, a car show and a kid's zone.

Ski Shores now offers water sports lessons

Ski Shores now offering water sports lessons

Always wanted to know how to waterski, surf or wakeboard?Ski Shores Cafe on Lake Austin now offers watersports lessons along with the burgers and live music.

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National Dance Day set for July 26

National Dance Day set for July 26

Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School will host classes for the fifth annual National Dance Day on July 26.

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Fit Folks: Grant Shipman

Grant Shipman, 32 I have a secret to share: I don’t worry about staying fit, I just play. I honestly forget the last time I “exercised.

Electric bicycle puts extra oomph in every pedal stroke

LeBlanc: Electric bicycle puts extra oomph in every pedal stroke

This feels like cheating. I’m zooming up Lamar Boulevard like a Tour de France champion, hardly breaking a sweat on a route that, most summer days, leaves me panting and exhausted.

Will trail's temporary barricades ever go away?

Will trail's temporary barricades ever go away?

Two years after a motorist jumped the curb on Cesar Chavez Street, killing a man and injuring a woman on the Butler Hike and Bike Trail, a temporary barricade still separates the road from the trail.

Yogic chanter Krishna Das to perform Monday

Yogic chanter Krishna Das to perform Monday

Krishna Das will bring his brand of yogic call-and-response chanting, set to instrumental music, to Central Presbyterian Church on Monday.

Trail closures along Lamar Boulevard

Trail detour along North Lamar Boulevard

Heads up, bicycle commuters. A pedestrian and bicycle detour is now in place along the Lamar Boulevard between 15th and 28th streets, while crews work to stabilize the banks of Shoal Creek and do some trail work.

Austin360 recreation calendar, July 11 - July 17

Austin360 recreation calendar, July 11 - July 17

Markets & bazaarsBarton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square Mall, intersection of South Loop 1 and South Capital of Texas Highway.

Win free Tour de France book

Win a free Tour de France book

Bicycles are rolling across France this month, and that means now's a good time to give away a spanking new copy of "Étape: 20 Great Stages from the Modern Tour de France.

Matt Laessig competes on 'American Ninja Warrior'

Matt Laessig competes on 'American Ninja Warrior'

***UPDATE*** The episode will air July 14, not July 21. **** Tune in July 14 to watch an Austin man tackle what’s been dubbed the world’s toughest obstacle course at the regional finals of “American Ninja Warrior.

Flex appeal: Ladies of Lifting build confidence along with muscle

Flex appeal: Ladies of Lifting build confidence along with muscle

Weights clang, rock music blasts and the Ladies of Lifting hoist barbells loaded with plates nearly as big as manhole covers.

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Fit Folks: Briley Lauren Bell

Briley Lauren Bell, 10 I am an Austin Fit Kid that is 10 years old. I get straight A’s and love being fit and healthy.

Dippig a toe in at Secret Beach

Dipping a toe in at Secret Beach

It's against a city ordinance to swim in the stretch of the Colorado River that Secret Beach abuts. Officially you shouldn't swim there.

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Austin360 recreation calendar, July 4 - July 10

Austin360 recreation calendar, July 4 - July 10

Markets & bazaarsBarton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square Mall, intersection of South Loop 1 and South Capital of Texas Highway.

Austin athletes head to Transplant Games

Austin athletes head to Transplant Games

When Lemuel Bradshaw dives off the starting blocks in a 500-meter swim race next week, he’ll be showing everyone who watches that life doesn’t have to slow down for people who have had organ transplants.

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Free fitness books!

Free fitness books!

It's time to clear off my desk. I'm getting rid of a bunch (brand new) fitness books. If you want one, post here, letting me know which one you want and why you deserve it.

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Multi-modal commute takes some of the sweat out of biking to work

Multi-modal commute takes some of the sweat out of biking to work

This all would have gone so much more smoothly if a pedal hadn’t fallen off my bicycle. And if I’d read the bus schedule more carefully.

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Fit Folks: Lee Simmons

Lee Simmons, 39 I run to stay fit. Running has helped me stay balanced physically and mentally. On the best day of my life, I ran with my dad on a beach.

Popsicle Run set for July 4 in Kyle

Popsicle Run set for July 4 in Kyle

Because, really, who doesn't love frozen juice on a stick? The first-ever Popsicle Run is set for July 4 in the Plum Creek neighborhood in Kyle.

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Lost weight? Health researcher wants to interview you

A health educator is looking for people who have lost weight to interview for a research article. Lynsey Romo, a University of Texas alum and assistant professor of health communication at North Carolina State University, wants to interview people who used to be obese or overweight but are now a normal weight, based on body mass index.

Austin360 recreation calendar, June 27- July 3

Austin360 recreation calendar, June 27- July 3

Markets & bazaarsBarton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square Mall, intersection of South Loop 1 and South Capital of Texas Highway.

Dharma Yoga offers LGBT yoga workshop

Dharma Yoga offers LGBT yoga workshop

I love that there's a fitness class for everyone in Austin. This weekend, Dharma Yoga East Side will host an all-level yoga workshop specifically for the lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender community.

Win free entry into Saturday's Keep Austin Weird 5K

Win free entry into Saturday's Keep Austin Weird 5K

Midway through the Keep Austin Weird 5K last year, I sprinted toward a suds-slickened sheet of plastic, launched myself into the air and skidded on my belly, getting sprayed with a water hose as I swept down the runway.

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Woman bikes from Tuscaloosa to Austin to highlight dependence on cars

Woman bikes from Tuscaloosa to Austin to highlight dependence on cars

Eight years ago, Julie Black sold her Jeep Wrangler to defray the cost of graduate school in Alabama.

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Fit Folks: Kevin Carollo

Kevin Carollo, 29 I am 29 years old and a police officer with the University of Texas Police Department.

Faith Pinnow's 'Running in Austin' captures local scene

http://youtu.be/wqhHqkiBs_8 Faith Pinnow perfectly captures the spirit of the Austin running community in a video she made for a school project.

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Austin360 recreation calendar, June 20-26

Austin360 recreation calendar, June 20-26

Markets & bazaarsBarton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square Mall, intersection of South Loop 1 and South Capital of Texas Highway.

It pays - in peaches - to ride a bike

It pays - in peaches - to ride a bike

Add this one to the "things you'd never notice from your car" file. The other day, while pedaling west from the Austin American-Statesman along the Lance Armstrong Bikeway, I rode past a row of peach trees laden with fruit.

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Riley McCarty, 15I am entering my sophomore year at Anderson High School and like to run track and play on the football team at school.

Endurance athletes turn to rehydration IVs for a competitive edge

Endurance athletes turn to rehydration IVs for a competitive edge

You’ve just crossed the finish line of an Ironman triathlon or finished a four-hour training ride under the beating Texas sun.

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Guest post: RuffTail Runners want Austin Pets Alive! to stay on Lamar Beach

Guest post: RuffTail Runners want Austin Pets Alive! to stay on Lamar Beach

And today, a guest post from Rob Hill, who coaches Team Spiridon running group and helped create the RuffTail Runners program that allows the public to borrow pets from the Austin Pets Alive!

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Austin360 recreation calendar, June 12-19

Austin360 recreation calendar, June 12-19

Markets & bazaarsBarton Creek Farmers Markets. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Parking lot of Barton Creek Square Mall, intersection of South Loop 1 and South Capital of Texas Highway.

More bike parking needed at Capitol

More bike parking needed at Capitol

What’s up with the lack of bike racks at the Texas Capitol? I pedaled to the big pink granite dome this morning to speak to the Capitol Rotary Club about fitness.

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Austin ranks 14th in latest fittest city list

Austin ranks 14th in latest fittest city list

We beat out Chicago, but just barely. Austin ranks 14th on the American College of Sports Medicine's "Health and Community Fitness Status of the 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas.

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No boat needed at area’s newest cable ski and wakeboard lake

No boat needed at area’s newest cable ski and wakeboard lake

Turns out boats are optional in the wakeboard world. All you really need is a private lake outfitted with a motorized cable system to tow you through smooth water.

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Fit Folks: Joanna Wright

Joanna Wright, 28 My name is Joanna, and I’m an aerialist and teacher at Sky Candy, East Austin’s Aerial and Circus Arts Studio.

YappoPalooza on June 14 benefits sea turtle recovery

YappoPalooza on June 14 benefits sea turtle recovery

Boiled shrimp, craft beer, live music and a rousing game of washers - all within toe-dipping distance of the chilly San Marcos River, and all to help endangered sea turtles.

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New camping license plates benefit Texas State Parks

New camping license plates benefit Texas State Parks

I'm pretty fond of the horny toad license plates on my car, but the new camping-themed ones have me wondering if it's time to change things up.

Pam LeBlanc

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.