Running events and more things to do
Sometimes city pavement just doesn’t cut it. You have to run through nature.
Saturday, you can dash past rows of rutabaga, tomato cages and fields of flowers at the Spring Picnic and 5K Garden Gallop at Johnson’s Backyard Garden.
The 5K run/walk, organized by Rogue Running, starts at 11 a.m. A kids run is also planned, and prizes will be given to random race participants.
Bring a picnic lunch, a blanket and drinks, and hang out afterward to hear live music by Doug Moreland and Bottom Dollar String Band. Frank Hot Dogs and Cold Beer will sell food from their trailer.
The 200-acre organic farm is located at 4008 River Road in Garfield, about 10 miles east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
Tickets are $10 and include entrance to the 5k Garden Gallop. Kids younger than 12 are free. Tickets are available at jbgorganic.com. Call 512-386-5273 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
— Pam LeBlanc
Tackle obstacles, get filthy at Dirty Girl Mud Run
For those who never grew tired of sloshing through mucky puddles, we present the Dirty Girl Mud Run.
Participants in the women’s only, untimed event will swoosh down muddy slides, scamper across rope nets, leap over flaming pits and dodge tire-size swinging balls as they make their way through the 5K course at Flat Creek Crossing Ranch in Johnson City on April 2.
And don’t worry. After you’ve tackled obstacles with names like Utopian Tubes, Dirty Dancing, Get a Grip and Hot Mess, you can spend some time at a foam machine. Organizers will have plenty of soap on hand at the finish line, too. (Just pack clean clothes.)
The event benefits Bright Pink, a nonprofit organization focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women.
Participants who raise money for Bright Pink through Crowdrise can earn prizes and incentives. Leading fundraisers will win an expenses-paid trip to the final Dirty Girl Mud Run at Copper Mountain in Colorado. The Dirty Girl Mud Run will match all donations up to $50,000.
Women of all fitness levels are encouraged to sign up. Start times are staggered between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Entry fee is $75. The first 300 cancer survivors get in free.
For more information, go to godirtygirl.com.
— Pam LeBlanc
Free things to do this weekend
Pinballz Arcade Easter Hunt. Kids younger than 12 can bring baskets and hunt for eggs filled with prizes and prize tickets. Don’t forget to hunt for the special games that will only require one token per play.! 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 8940 Research Blvd. pinballzarcade.com.
Round Rock Express Annual Fan Fest. Baseball season is back! Celebrate with batting practice, beer and wine tasting, bullpen pitching, an Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, a hot dog eating contest and more carnival fun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dell Diamond, 3400 Palm Valley Blvd. 512-255-2255, rrexpress.com.
Coming next week in Austin360: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin looks ahead to the Fusebox Festival, an eclectic celebration of all kinds of art.