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We’re off to the (Zilker) races!

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 5, 2014

Team Statesman captain and lickety-split runner Mercedes Orten just dropped off my race number for tonight’s Zilker Relays.

Are you in?

Teams of four will race a cumulative 10 miles around Zilker Park, handing off a Nuun canister with a timing chip taped inside it. The kids’ relay starts at 6 p.m.; adults start at 6:30.

Afterward, we’ll be enjoying a trifecta of awesomeness: Music, beer and food from Taco Deli.

Parking is limited, so ride a bike or carpool if you can. For more details, go to

And look for photos on the Fit City page on Facebook when the race is over.

That’s not all that’s on tap this weekend …

  • The Frozen Hot Chocolate 10K and 5K is scheduled for Saturday at the Circuit of the America, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard. The 5K starts at 7:45 a.m., the 10K at 8:10 a.m. and the walk at 8:20 a.m. Besides the usual water stations, the course will include chocolate stations, and finishers get to fill mugs with chocolate slush and nibble fondue. For more information go to
  • Balanced Fitness is offering a 30-minute, donation-based workout at Lady Bird Lake at 7 p.m. Saturday. The class, presented by the Fitness Menu Method, is for all skill levels. For more information and to RSVP, email
  • The Brain Power 5K takes place at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars in Cedar Park. Proceeds support brain cancer research. For more information or to register go to