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Spring fitness calendar packed with runs, rides and more

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

You noticed it last time you headed outside, didn't you? That warm, spring-has-arrived feeling that makes you want to hop on a bike, jump in a lake or lace up your sneakers.

A slew of fitness events has arrived right along with the warm air. Here are some of the highlights:

¦ LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour, 9 a.m. March 24, www.lbj100 bicycletour.org. Zip for 10 to 85 miles along smooth ranch-to-market roads and bucolic country lanes in and around the LBJ Ranch west of Johnson City. Stick around afterward for a tour of historical ranch landmarks let by Luci Baines Johnson.

¦ Manzano Mile, 9 a.m. March 24, www.manzanomile.com. Join host and Olympian Leo Manzano in individual-mile and mile-relay track events at the Texas School for the Deaf, 1101 S. Congress Ave.

¦ Rosedale Ride, 8:30 a.m. March 24, http://rosedaleride.blogspot.com. Pedal routes of 20, 43 or 63 miles (or 2 miles for kids) start from Samsung Austin Semiconductor, 12100 Samsung Boulevard. Benefits Rosedale School, the only Austin public school for children with multiple disabilities.

¦ Statesman Capitol 10,000, 9 a.m. March 25, www.statesman.com/cap10k. Grab a costume and join Texas' largest 10K run, which weaves through downtown, heralding the coming spring.

¦ Spokes 'n Spurs, 8:30 a.m. March 31, www.spiritreins.org. Choose a cycling route between 6 and 62 miles on a ride that benefits Spirit Reins!, a nonprofit that uses horses to improve the emotional and behavioral health of children. Really motivated? Stick around for the optional 5K or 10K run that follows the ride.

¦ Jailbreak, 9 a.m. March 31, www.runthejailbreak.com. Conquer mud slides, hay mountains, water crossings and more while dodging water cannons and staying a step ahead of the sheriff during this adventure run at Walter E. Long Park, 9809 Farm to Market 969. Benefits the RunTex Foundation.

¦ Texas Independence Relay, 6 a.m. March 31-April 1, www.texasindependencerelay.com. Teams of seven to 11 run 203 miles from Bastrop to the San Jacinto Monument. Benefits the Friends of The Lost Pines State Parks and Austin Track Club.

¦ Zooma Half Marathon, 7:30 a.m. March 31, www.zooma run.com. A hilly women's half marathon and 5K race starting at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort & Spa, 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road in Bastrop.

¦ Austin 10/20, 8 a.m. April 15, http://austin1020.com. A new 10-mile foot race based at The Domain with 20 stages featuring live rock ‘n' roll music along the course. Party follows.

¦ BP MS 150, 6:45 a.m. April 21-22, www.houstonms150.com. Thousands of cyclists ride 180 miles from Houston to Austin in a two-day ride that benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

¦ Shape Diva Dash, 8 a.m. April 21, www.divadash.com. A women-only obstacle adventure run along 3 miles of road and trail at Walter E. Long Park, 6614 Blue Bluff Road.

¦ Dash of the Titans, 9 a.m. April 28, www.dashofthetitans.com. A 5K adventure run featuring mud and obstacles at Rocky Hill Ranch, 578 Highway 153. Party follows. Benefits the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

¦ The Texas Round Up, 8 a.m. April 28, www.texasround up.org. Timed or untimed 5K run and family mile starting at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 N. Congress Avenue.

¦ Red Poppy Ride, 8 a.m. April 28, www.redpoppyride.org. Choose from cycling routes of 14 to 100 miles starting at the Georgetown High School Annex. Benefits the Sertoma scholarship program for Georgetown Independent School District, the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center and the City of Georgetown Bicycle Patrol Unit.

¦ Hill Country Ride for AIDS, April 28, www.hillcountry ride.org. Bike between 13 and 100 miles starting at the Reunion Ranch west of Georgetown. Benefits 10 nonprofit organizations that support the thousands of Central Texans living with HIV/AIDS.

¦ The Mighty San Gabriel, 9 a.m. April 28, www.toocool racing.com. Teams of two run, bike, paddle, and face team challenges and obstacles in this sprint adventure race in and around Russell Park at Lake Georgetown. Canoes provided. Party follows.

¦ Run to the Sun, April 28-29, www.runtothesunrelay.com. Grab a team of eight for this 90-mile, overnight run that starts at Enchanted Rock State Park and finishes with a party at Laguna Gloria in Austin. Benefits Beyond Batten.

¦ Schlotzsky's Bun Run, 7 a.m. April 29, www.bunrun.com. A 5K and 10K race that starts and finishes at Auditorium Shores, 600 W. Riverside Drive. Benefits Austin Sunshine Camps.

¦ Money Box Cap 2K, 10:30 a.m. May 5, www.American SwimmingAssociation.com. Swim from Red Bud Isle to the Texas Rowing Center dock in Lady Bird Lake. Picnic lunch with live music follows. Benefits prostate cancer prevention, education and assistance programs.

¦ Tour de Cure, May 5, http://tour.diabetes.org. Cycle 14 to 100 miles starting from the Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Lane. Benefits the American Diabetes Association.

¦ Shiner Greater Austin to Shiner Pedal, 7 a.m. May 5, www.shiner.com/shinergasp. Pedal 100 miles from Austin to the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner. Starts at Met Center 10, 7551 Metro Center Drive. Party and free brewery tours at the finish. Benefits United Way.

¦ The Rookie Triathlon, 8 a.m. May 6, www.therookietri.com. A short, beginner-friendly triathlon at Walter E. Long Park, 6614 Blue Bluff Road.

¦ Armadillo Hill Country Classic Ride, 7 a.m. May 12, http://armadilloclassic.net. Choose from cycling routes between 15 and 105 miles that depart Liberty Hill High School, 13125 W. Texas 29, and wander the Hill Country and the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Benefits the Austin Cycling Association.

Contact Pam LeBlanc at 445-3994