In our fitness-centered community, there's a race for everyone. Runners, swimmers and cyclists can look forward to events that test their skill and maximize fun. A few of the races in the area include:
Deep Eddy Mile. July 23. Compete against your age group and gender in 53 laps across the popular outdoor pool. 327-2260, www.americanswimmingassociation.com .
Zilker Relays. Sept. 2. Four-person teams race, jog or stroll around the perimeter of Zilker Park, with free dinner and live music afterward. www.zilkerrelays.org .
AVIA Austin Triathlon. Sept. 5. Swimming, biking and running course winds through downtown Austin, with live music and free food, drink and massages at the end. 472-5646, www.theaustintriathlon.com .
Silicon Labs Marathon Relay. Sept. 25. A five-person marathon relay in downtown Austin. 499-8025, www.austinmarathonrelay.com .
IBM Uptown Classic. Oct. 2. 10K distance challenge benefiting the YMCA of Austin. 286-9247, www.uptownclassic.com .
Trek Women's Triathlon. Oct. 2. Half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. 877-221-9665, www.trekwomenstriathlonseries.com/texas.html .
Lake Travis Relay. Oct. 8. A six-person, 12-mile, open-water swimming relay in Lake Travis. 327-2260, www.americanswimmingassociation.com .
Livestrong Challenge. Oct. 15-16. Series of cycling, running and walking events benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation. 888-424-2553, www.livestrongchallenge.org .
Tex Robertson Memorial Highland Lakes Challenge. Oct. 19-23. Only swimming stage race in the world; Five races, five lakes, five days. 327-2260, www.americanswimmingassociation.com .
Dam 5K. Nov. 5. Compete against your age group and gender in an out-and-back race at Mansfield Dam Park in Lake Travis. 327-2260, www.americanswimmingassociation.com .
Race for the Cure. Nov. 13. 5K run in downtown Austin benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's Austin affiliate. 473-0900, www.komenaustin.org .
Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot. Nov. 24. Five-mile Thanksgiving Day race starts at Waterloo Park and benefits Caritas of Austin. 479-8805, www.thundercloud.com .
3M Half Marathon and Relay. Jan. 29. A 13.1-mile urban, mostly downhill road race from Gateway Shopping Center to Waterloo Park. 984-7223, www.3mhalfmarathon.com .
Livestrong Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. Feb. 19. A Boston Marathon qualifier that starts in North Austin and wraps up downtown. 476-7223, www.youraustinmarathon.com .
Statesman Capitol 10,000. March 25. The state's largest annual 10K run raises money for charities. 445-3598, www.cap10k.com .
ZOOMA Austin Half Marathon and 5K. March 31. Course through Texas pine country. 703-349-8890, www.zoomarun.com/austin .
Austin 10/20. April 15. 10-mile course with 20 stages of live music lining the course. 299-9190, www.austin1020.com .
BP MS 150. April 21-22. More than 10,000 cyclists unite for a two-day, 180-mile journey from Houston to Austin. Benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 713-526-8967, www.ms150.org .
Schlotzsky's 5K Bun Run. April 29. Fundraiser for Austin's Sunshine Camps. www.bunrun.com or email email@example.com.
The Money Box Cap 2K. May 5. Swim race in Lady Bird Lake benefiting Deep Eddy Pool. 327-2260, www.cap2k.com .
Congress Avenue Mile. May 19. The world's best milers compete in a mile stretch down Congress Avenue. 472-3254, www.congressavenuemile.com .
Armadillo Hill Country Classic. May 12. Austin Cycling Association fundraiser. Routes are 14 to 105 miles long. Starts at Liberty Hill High School. www.austincycling.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Capital of Texas Triathlon.Check website for date, usually in late May. Multiple participation levels and a chance to qualify for U.S. Triathlon Association championships. www.captextri.com .
Danskin Women's Triathlon.Check website or call for date, usually in early June. The perfect race for the beginning triathlete. 877-221-9665, www.danskintriathlon.net .
Moonlight Margarita Run. Check website or call for date, usually in June. Shotgun start at sunset, followed by a moonlight party with Tex-Mex food, mariachi music and margaritas at the race finish. Rain or shine. 733-3989, www.thetrailfoundation.org .
Keep Austin Weird 5K. Check website for date, usually in late June. Part of the Keep Austin Weird Festival. www.keepaustinweirdfest.com or e-mail email@example.com.