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Fit Foodie Weekend set for Sept. 12-14

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

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

Running and healthy eating go hand in hand, and a new Austin event next weekend knits the two together.

The Fit Foodie 5K Race Weekend, set for Sept. 12-14, includes a Friday night tasting, a Saturday morning race, and Sunday morning yoga and boot camp sessions, capped off with a healthy brunch.

The event is hosted by Cooking Light & Health and takes place at Mueller Lake Park, 1311 Philomena Street. It started in 2013 in San Diego, and expanded to Austin and Fairfax, Virginia this year.

“We believe that a fit and healthy lifestyle can co-exist with a love for great epicurean experiences,” race co-producer Michelle Metter said in a press release. “The Fit Foodie Weekend is three days in which you can earn and burn your calories, all while indulging in fabulous tastes along the way.”

The event opens with a pre-race Light Up the Night VIP Cocktail Party on Sept. 12.

Race day kicks off with a stretching session and dance party at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. starts at 8 a.m. Saturday. Alison Sweeney, author and host of “The Biggest Loser,” will kick off the race at 8 a.m.. She’ll also sign copies of her new book, “Scared Scriptless” (Hyperion). A post-race celebration will feature food, Stella Artois beer and Cidre, as well as fitness and culinary demonstrations.

On Sept. 14, guests can attend either a morning yoga session led by Tom Leverett, or a Power Systems Obstacle Course Boot Camp session led by celebrity trainer Patrick Goudeau.

Cost is $45 for the VIP party, $55 for the race, $35 for the Chef’s Experience, $35 for the yoga or bootcamp sessions, or $120 for the entire weekend at www.fitfoodierun.com. Ten percent of ticket sales will benefit City of Hope, which researches treatment for cancer, diabetes and other diseases.