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Austin-area races

Staff Writer
Austin 360

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:

2011 races

Deep Eddy Mile. July 23. Compete against your age group and gender in 53 laps across the popular outdoor pool. 327-2260, .

Zilker Relays. Sept. 2. Four-person teams race, jog or stroll around the perimeter of Zilker Park, with free dinner and live music afterward. .

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, .

Silicon Labs Marathon Relay. Sept. 25. A five-person marathon relay in downtown Austin. 499-8025, .

IBM Uptown Classic. Oct. 2. 10K distance challenge benefiting the YMCA of Austin. 286-9247, .

Trek Women's Triathlon. Oct. 2. Half-mile swim, 12-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. 877-221-9665, .

Lake Travis Relay. Oct. 8. A six-person, 12-mile, open-water swimming relay in Lake Travis. 327-2260, .

Livestrong Challenge. Oct. 15-16. Series of cycling, running and walking events benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation. 888-424-2553, .

Tex Robertson Memorial Highland Lakes Challenge. Oct. 19-23. Only swimming stage race in the world; Five races, five lakes, five days. 327-2260, .

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, .

Race for the Cure. Nov. 13. 5K run in downtown Austin benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's Austin affiliate. 473-0900, .

Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot. Nov. 24. Five-mile Thanksgiving Day race starts at Waterloo Park and benefits Caritas of Austin. 479-8805, .

2012 races

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, .

Livestrong Austin Marathon and Half Marathon. Feb. 19. A Boston Marathon qualifier that starts in North Austin and wraps up downtown. 476-7223, .

Statesman Capitol 10,000. March 25. The state's largest annual 10K run raises money for charities. 445-3598, .

ZOOMA Austin Half Marathon and 5K. March 31. Course through Texas pine country. 703-349-8890, .

Austin 10/20. April 15. 10-mile course with 20 stages of live music lining the course. 299-9190, .

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, .

Schlotzsky's 5K Bun Run. April 29. Fundraiser for Austin's Sunshine Camps. or email

The Money Box Cap 2K. May 5. Swim race in Lady Bird Lake benefiting Deep Eddy Pool. 327-2260, .

Congress Avenue Mile. May 19. The world's best milers compete in a mile stretch down Congress Avenue. 472-3254, .

Armadillo Hill Country Classic. May 12. Austin Cycling Association fundraiser. Routes are 14 to 105 miles long. Starts at Liberty Hill High School. or email

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. .

Danskin Women's Triathlon.Check website or call for date, usually in early June. The perfect race for the beginning triathlete. 877-221-9665, .

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, .

Keep Austin Weird 5K. Check website for date, usually in late June. Part of the Keep Austin Weird Festival. or e-mail