Fall calendar includes swimming, yoga, running, adventure races and more
Summer training pays off at fall events
You spent the summer hiking, paddling or cycling in melt-the-asphalt heat. Now comes fall (we hope), when all that hot-weather training pays off.
We scanned the Central Texas calendar and picked some highlights to get you moving outdoors, where you belong. Here's what we found:
Austin Outlaw Dash, Oct. 1. Break out of an old-time jail front and tackle 12 obstacles during this 5k Wild West-themed adventure race at the Travis County Exposition Center. Texas barbecue and beer at the finish, plus a cowboy hat and sheriff's badge for participants. Registration: $60. www.muddyoutlaw.com.
The IBM Uptown Classic 10K, Oct. 2. Fall running season has arrived, and this race kicks off the Austin Fit Magazine's Distance Challenge, a series of five foot races culminating with the LiveStrong Austin Marathon and Half Marathon next February. Registration: $35. www.uptownclassic.com.
Lake Travis Relay, Oct. 8. Teams of six swimmers, along with a few gutsy solo athletes, will race 12 miles around Lake Travis, starting and finishing at Carlos 'n Charlie's, 5973 Hiline Road. Registration: $50 per swimmer ($75 after Tuesday). www.laketravisrelay.com.
Austin Yoga Festival, Oct. 8-9. Celebrate all styles of yoga at the first Austin Yoga Festival at Fiesta Gardens, 2102 Jesse E. Segovia Street. More than 30 yoga instructors will lead an array of classes on four stages, plus talks by ayurvedic and wellness experts, singing, chanting and dancing. Passes $25 for one day or $45 for both. www.austinyogafestival.com.
See Jane Run Half Marathon and 5K, Oct. 9. Did someone say champagne and chocolates at the finish? The focus is on women at this inaugural race at Mueller Lake Park. (Men can participate but don't qualify for awards.) Registration $95 for half, $55 for 5K and $20 for kids. www.seejanerun.com.
Team LiveStrong Challenge Austin, Oct. 15-16. Run 5K through downtown Austin on Saturday or cycle 20, 45, 65 or 90 miles through the Hill Country on Sunday in this mega-event spawned by Austin's Tour de France cycling champion, Lance Armstrong. Registration $35 for 5K; $50 for bike ride (plus minimum fundraising of $250 for cyclists). www.livestrong.org.
Austin Stiletto Stampede for the Cure, Oct. 22. Real women run in high-heeled shoes, apparently. This 100-yard dash features four race heats — one for survivors, another for competitive runners, a third for moms and dads, and a fourth for dogs and their owners. Registration: $40. www.StilettoStampede.org.
Komen Austin Race for the Cure, Nov. 13. Join the sea of pink and run or walk 5K for breast health. After two years at the Domain shopping center, the race moves back to downtown Austin this year. Registration: $30. www.komenaustin.org.
ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot, Nov. 24. This 5-mile run (or 1-mile walk or kids' 1K) lessens the guilt of a Thanksgiving feast. The course starts on the South First Street Bridge, wraps north through downtown and finishes on Riverside Drive in front of the Long Center. Registration: $23. www.thundercloud.com.