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Pam LeBlanc

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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. She also writes a monthly car review with Pete Szilagyi called Pete 'n Pam.

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.

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Artists work on one of three new murals at Texas Running Company, 1011 West Fifth Street. The store will host an art show and happy hour on Friday to celebrate the work.

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. An art show and happy hour is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at the shop, 1011 West Fifth Street, No. 110. Admission to the Where Urban ...

Friends Hayleigh Dicianna, left, and Halie Dominque, right, raise their hands in triumph after completing the 2014 Cap10K.

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. Race organizers say they want to focus resources on enhancing the main race. Small ...

Last week food writer Addie Broyles and fitness writer Pam LeBlanc cooked together. This morning they went water skiing.

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. We had a blast, and realized that our ...

Kathy DeLaunay and her granddaughter, Sydney Nava.

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. I retired in 2005. Now I do Jazzercise three or four times a week and run 15 to 20 miles a week, ...

Free-solo climber Alex Honnnold will speak about risk as part of the North Face speaker series on Aug. 23 at the Paramount Stateside 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. He hangs hundreds of feet off the ground, rapidly scaling bluffs that make my legs quiver just standing on the ground. The 28-year-old free-solo climber will talk about risk, ...

David Baxter, shown here in a 1,200-kilometer bike ride in British Columbia, will race 1,000 miles starting next week.

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. He’s raising money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in support of his twin ...

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. Information gathered at the meeting will be used in a report that will be ...

Heavy rains last week swept mud and gravel over the 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. "We went on Saturday and were horrified to see the damage after the rains," emailed Tela Mange. "Parts of the trail are subject evidently ...

Lisa Reed Davis goes for a test ride on the new Southern Walnut Creek Trail.

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. Long Metropolitan Park.The 7.3-mile paved Southern Walnut Creek Trail dips, curves and weaves along Boggy Creek and Walnut Creek, ...

Athletes compete at the Naturally Fit Games in Austin. This year's event is 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 ...


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