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Cap2K and Brain Power-Thon set for Saturday

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 2, 2014

For the first time ever, two LeBlancs will face off in the Howdy Honda Cap2K Open Water Swim.

I’ve done the race nine or 10 times, reveling in every moment spent chugging down Lady Bird Lake, smiling up at blue herons and waving at turtles as I sprint from Red Bud Isle to the Texas Rowing Center near Austin High School.

But this year, it’s a duel.

That other LeBlanc, my husband, the one who recently joined the same swim team I swim on, will leap in alongside me. Will he catch me?

Water temps in Lady Bird Lake are about 70 degrees. I’m ready to go.

Afterward, we’ll be hanging out at the post-race picnic at Eilers Park next to Deep Eddy Pool. Look for us there!

You can still register for the race, which is open to ages 18 and up, at www.cap2k.com. Race starts at 10:30 a.m.; swimmer check-in is from 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

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Also Saturday at Lady Bird Lake - the second annual Brain Power-thon.

A relay team made up of brain cancer survivors will run a collective marathon starting at 8 a.m. at the pedestrian bridge beneath MoPac (Loop 1 Boulevard) near Austin High School.

May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month, and Saturday’s run is the first in a series of Austin events planned to raise awareness about the disease.

A kick-off party is set for 6-9 p.m. May 15 at the Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces, and the Brain Power 5K is scheduled for Sept. 7 at the Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars in Cedar Park.

For more information go to http://www.brainpower5k.com/#!events/c292.