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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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Jason Jones, front, and Stacy Lambdin take a tour of Lady Bird Lake with glowing paddleboards on Aug. 21.

Stars shine and crowds disappear during ‘glow’ paddle

Even after the sun goes down, the surf stays up on Lady Bird Lake.Most folks rent stand-up paddleboards during the day, when it feels like a furnace outside and the river is so thick with canoes, kayaks, sculls, water bikes and swan-shaped paddle boats that it looks like a water-borne ...

Castle Hill Fitness offers yoga and other fitness classes.

Clayton Aynesworth buys Castle Hill Fitness

Castle Hill Fitness has a new owner, but don't worry - the club on Lamar Boulevard is keeping the same employees. "When someone comes in to Castle Hill they are transported to a little slice of that Austin flavor that we all love. They step into a community, a family, ...

Jamie Cleveland heads out on his bike during the 2013 TriRock Austin Triathlon. This year's race is set for Monday.

TriRock Austin Triathlon set for Monday

Are you racing in the TriRock Austin Triathlon this holiday weekend? About 2,000 athletes are registered for the Labor Day race, which features a swim in Lady Bird Lake, and biking and running courses that snake through downtown. Bands will perform along the route, and a finish line festival and ...

Pam LeBlanc celebrates her 50th birthday by jumping in Hawaii.

Send us your jumping photos!

Do you jump for pics? I do it all the time. My husband's good at capturing me at precisely the right moment, so it looks like I either fell from outer space, learned how to levitate or can jump sky high. That shot above? He took it in Hawaii while ...

Justin Spence

Fit Folks: Justin Spence

Justin Spence, 37 My friends think it’s funny that I still do my old high school football workout from 20 years ago — the one where the coaches put us through an intense cardio practice followed by a weight lifting circuit. I’ve changed it to 20 minutes of cardio on ...

Kiplimo Chemirmir is the creator of Kenthaichi, his tri-country blend of deep tissue massage he has mastered for elite runners across the country. Former University of Texas and professional long distance runner Allison Mendez stopped by his north Austin home for a hour-long session.

Kiplimo Chemirmir massages elite runners from Austin and beyond

The occasional muffled ouch escapes Allison Mendez during the hour-and-a-half process known among Austin’s running elite as “getting Kip’d.”Mendez, an Adidas-sponsored distance runner who has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials, is sprawled out on a massage table, while Kiplimo Chemirmir digs his elbows and thumbs into her muscles. It’s ...

Crews will do maintenance work on the hydraulic system of the gates at Longhorn Dam. The trail will be rerouted around the work until Sept. 15.

Trail closure at Longhorn Dam

Heads up, trail users. The Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail is closed to foot and bike traffic where it crosses Longhorn Dam. The closure, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is expected to last until Sept. 15. In the meantime, a southbound lane of Pleasant Valley ...

Pam LeBlanc liked the hemp milk versions of Daily Greens cold-pressed juices, but some flavors were a little too "grassy" for her taste.

Daily Greens: Can Fit City drink her veggies?

Those bottles of Daily Greens cold-pressed juice in my fridge certainly look like water samples from Barton Springs Pool, where I swam this week as the sun rose. Trust me, though. They taste much better - at least some of them. Daily Greens, an Austin-based company founded in 2012 by ...

Next Tuesday's Trailer Food Tuesday will include a free hour-long workout by Camp Gladiator.

Trailer Food Tuesday includes free Camp Gladiator workout

Did you know you can catch a free workout at Trailer Food Tuesdays? On the last Tuesday of each month through October, a bevy of food trucks pulls up to the terrace outside the Long Center for the Performing Arts. You can nibble trailer grub, drink beer, listen to live ...

That's me, before the January 2014 version of the Big Bend Ultra. This year's race moves to Big Bend Ranch State Park, to the west of the national park.

Registration open, changes planned for Big Bend Ultra

Registration is open for one of my favorite events of the year - the Big Bend Ultra. I've scampered through the West Texas desert three times at this race, which in the past has been staged at Big Bend National Park and has included 25K and 50K options. A few ...


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