Take care when exercising after dark
Days are getting longer, which means more of us are running, cycling or walking the dog while it’s still dark outside.
I got an email from reader Rene Lozano, shaken by an encounter with someone running across Mansfield Dam at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Lozano was driving at about 65 mph when he spotted a runner on the inside shoulder of RR 620.
“He had no reflectors, no headlamp … nothing,” wrote Lozano, 67. “I was shocked and was so glad I did not hit him.”
Lozano stopped at the Lower Colorado River Authority office near the dam, where he alerted a deputy who headed out, presumably to suggest that the runner modify his route, carry lights or dress in brighter colors.
I see it all the time — folks out exercising, dressed in black and carrying nary a light. But running across the dam in the dark? That adds a whole new degree of scary to the situation.
Please. If you’re out before dawn or after dusk, wear bright, reflective clothing and carry a light.
And runners? Plan your route carefully. Highways packed with speeding vehicles aren’t the safest choice.
AIDS Walk Austin. A 5K walk benefiting AIDS Services of Austin and other local HIV and AIDS educators and research organizations. 1:30 p.m. Sunday. $20 registration fee. Walk begins at Austin City Hall Plaza, 301 W. Cesar Chavez St. 452-9255, www.asaustin.org.
The Austin Challenge. An urban adventure race for teams of two. 2 p.m. Sunday. $50. Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, 79 Rainey St. www.challengenation.com/austin.
Travis Audubon Society monthly event lineup
The Travis Audubon Society’s November schedule includes the following events:
¦ Beginners’ Bird Walk at Richard Moya Park, 8-10 a.m. Nov. 3.
¦ Laguna Gloria with Sam Fason, 8:45-10:45 a.m. Nov. 3
¦ Super Tuesday! at Slaughter Creek Greenbelt at Bauerle Ranch led by Ken Zaslow, 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Nov. 6.
¦ Love Creek Preserve, Nov.10-11.
¦ Monthly Bird Count at Hornsby Bend, 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Nov. 10.
¦ Super Tuesday! at Pedernales Falls State Park led by Terry Banks, 6:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Nov. 13.
¦ “Bird Watching Hotspots in the Austin Area” (talk by Jane Tillman). 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 14. Round Rock REI, 201 University Oaks Blvd., Suite 1100.
¦ Monthly meeting. Dr. Julia Clarke on “The Beginnings of Birds.’ Doors at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15. Meeting begins at 7 p.m. 8001 Mesa Drive.
¦ Hornsby Bend Monthly Bird Walk, 7:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 17.
¦ Tejas Park, Lake Georgetown, 7-11 a.m. Nov. 18.
¦ Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, co-sponsored by TAS and Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., Nov. 18.
¦ Two-hour Tuesday! at Hornsby Bend led by Ken Zaslow, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Nov. 20.
¦ Two-hour Tuesday! at Champion Park led by Dan Callaway, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Nov. 27.
For more information, go to www.travisaudubon.org.