The Planner: Dec. 27, 2013
I’m kicking off 2014 right, by running halfway across the city in the annual Black Eyed Pea Run. It’s not the only New Year’s Day fitness event planned on the calendar that day. If a 13-miler sounds like too much, you can opt for a 5K run or a hike at a state park. Read on for details:
• This year will mark the 19th anniversary of what’s now known as the Black Eyed Pea Run, a 13-mile (ish) jaunt created by longtime runners Paul and Sheila Carrozza, Joe and Joyce Prusaitis, Gregg Evan, and Paul Seals. The route and name have changed over the years, but the tradition continues. This year’s point-to-point run starts at 9 a.m. at REI, 9901 North Capital of Texas Highway, and finishes at Rogue Running’s new home, Speedshop, at 410 Pressler St. Afterward, enjoy collard greens, black-eyed peas, mimosas and beer. Free.
• Lifetime Fitness will host the Austin incarnation of the national Commitment Day movement with a 5K out-and-back run that starts at the Palmer Events Center circle across from Auditorium Shores. The route is flat and beginner friendly, and participants are encouraged to make a donation to the American Heart Association’s “My Heart. My Life” healthy living initiative when they register. Entry fee is $40 at www.commitmentday.com/austin.
• Dozens of state parks will participate in the national America’s State Parks First Day Hikes. The hikes vary in difficulty and required fitness levels. Among the options? A 4-mile walk through Mother Neff State Park near Moody, north of Austin, or a 3.5-mile uphill hike at the Franklin Mountains. Government Canyon State Natural Area near San Antonio will host a First Day Black-Eyed Pea Kids Run. There is no charge, but park entry fees apply. Bring a camera, binoculars, water and snacks. Find a list of Texas parks participating at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/calendar/first-day-hikes.
Check out these free fitness opportunities that happen before New Year’s Day:
• Fit Austin, 2919 Manchaca Road, is offering a free holiday boot camp at 7 p.m. Monday. The class is designed to burn extra holiday calories, and will feature a variety of cutting-edge exercises and equipment, according to owner Lateef Johnson. For more information call 512-865-9976.
• The Austin Recreation Center, 1301 Shoal Creek Boulevard, will host a Jazzercise open house, including a free 60-minute workout, refreshments and door prizes, at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. Jazzercise combines elements of dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more. For more information, contact Kate Henrichson at 512-656-8752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next week in Austin360
Our movies team shares their top 10 movies from 2013. See if you agree as we head into serious awards season; Academy Award nominations will be announced Jan. 16. We’ll also look ahead to some of January’s big arts events and some new restaurants expected in 2014.