So much for that stereotype.
The Texas Library Association meets in Austin this month, and organizers are planning a lineup of fitness events that feel more badass than bookie.
“This year we decided to Austin-ify it a bit,” says Cate Sweeney, a librarian at Bee Cave Public Library who serves on the Health and Wellness committee of the annual conference.
Actually, and I love this, the group has planned a 5K and downtown walking tour as part of its meeting for quite some time.
But this year, organizers are adding a “Cycle 4 Libraries” event on Tuesday, April 14. Librarians will pedal about 25 miles, touring libraries along the way. They’re also hosting a Barton Springs “polar bear plunge” on Wednesday, April 15. The 5K fun run is set for Thursday, April 16.
Those who participate in all three events will receive T-shirts and medals for “biking, swimming and running their books off” in the TLA “Tri-ology.”
The good news for you non-librarians? You don’t have to be an actual librarian – or even associated with the conference – to participate.
Registration is $35 for the bike ride (if you have your own bike) and includes lunch from Thundercloud Subs. The swim costs $25 and the race is $25.
Participants can register for an individual event or the full “trilogy.” To sign up go here.