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Pam LeBlanc
Riley McCarty, left, with his mother Shannon.

Riley McCarty, 15

I am entering my sophomore year at Anderson High School and like to run track and play on the football team at school. When I turned 14, I started doing obstacle races with my mom. They are really fun and you get very muddy when you do them. We load up my mom’s car with my friends and do the race and then drive back all muddy in the car. We just did the Spartan Race in May and it was the longest one we’ve done. It was 9 miles over a mountain and we ran almost the whole way. The parts that are most fun are when you swim through the mud and can get through a really hard obstacle. We even did the Zombie Run last year — zombies chase you through the course and try to get you. I want to do an even longer race soon. It’s a fun way to get exercise and challenge yourself while having fun.

We’re looking for Central Texans who keep fit with interesting activities. Tell us — in 100 words or fewer — about yours. If you have a photograph, include that as well. Send your name, age and contact information to Pam LeBlanc, Austin American-Statesman, 305 S. Congress Ave., Austin TX 78704 or e-mail it to