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Zooma, Zumbathon, Chase the Chief and Diva Dash

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 9, 2014

Another busy weekend on tap, fitness fiends. Here are some highlights:

  • Zooma Texas Half Marathon - Hands down, Zooma Texas is the most challenging half marathon around. I’ve done it four times, but keep going back for more hills, more pine trees and more panting. After the race, participants can enjoy a fitness expo and party with wine, massages, shopping and music. My favorite part (besides the burn, that is)? The finishers’ medal. This year’s comes with a removeable boot charm that can be worn on a necklace or bracelet. The 13.1-mile race starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by a 10K at 7:35 a.m. and a 5K at 7:40 a.m. Entry fee is $120 for the half, $90 for the 10K or $65 for the 5K. Packet pickup is 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Texas Running Company, 1011 West Fifth Street in Austin, or 2-8 p.m. Friday at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, 575 Lost Pines Road west of Bastrop. For more information go to www.zoomarun.com.
  • Chase the Chief - Runners who beat or tie Police Chief Wayne Nero in this 5K dash through Georgetown’s parks get special prizes. This year’s event includes multiple age groups, an obstacle course, a Tot Trot and a community health fair. Run starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13 at the gazebo in San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow Street. Entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Proceeds will be used to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices in Georgetown schools. Sponsored by the Georgetown Health Foundation and the Georgetown Police Department. For more information or to register go to www.georgetowncouncilpta.org/ctc.php.
  • Zumbathon: Dancing to a Different Beat - A fitness instructor who has a daughter with autism will host a two-hour Zumba party with door prizes and refreshments from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Clay Madsen Recreation Center, 1600 Gattis School Road in Round Rock. Proceeds will benefit the Autism Society of Greater Austin, which provides information and referrals, support, education and advocacy for families in Central Texas. Tickets are $15 in advance at http://zumbathonforautismawareness.eventbrite.com or $20 at the door; donations accepted.
  • Diva Dash - Expect to see lots of tutus, glitter and other bling at the Diva Dash, a 3-mile test of speed, agility, endurance, balance and strength. The event, sponsored by Shape Magazine, takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Walter E. Long Park, 6614 Blue Bluff Road. Entry fee is $75. For more information or to register go to http://divadash.com/city/austin/.