Swim portion of LifeTime Tri CapTex cancelled

Update, 8:07 a.m., May 30:

The start of he LifeTime Tri Captex triathlon has been delayed due to weather conditions.

CAPTEX COURSE ALERT

Athletes –

As you know, heavy rains throughout Central Texas have greatly impacted conditions in Lady Bird Lake.

Our staff has been monitoring the situation with the City of Austin, LCRA and Homeland Security since early this week. This morning at 6:00 AM, relevant authorities opened the floodgates at Mansfield and Tom Miller Dams, creating a massive downstream flow, which will continue through Tuesday.

Since early this morning, we have been exploring and presenting various modified swim courses, but ultimately were unable to remedy a feasible solution that would ensure the 100% safety of our athletes, volunteers, staff and emergency personnel.

While unfortunate, the race will continue as a bike-run. Here are the Race Day implications:

New Race Start 7:15 AM

International
All International triathletes, International relays and AquaBike participants will start on the bike course, in a time-trial format, within their same wave sequence. Wave 1 of the International distance will now start at 7:15 AM. Please be fully prepared by 7:00 AM, standing at your bike rack until directed by event staff, who will queue athletes along the Bike Out Transition exit.

Sprint
Sprint participants (individuals and relays) will follow suit, starting after the International athletes with an expected start time of approximately 8:15 AM. Please be fully prepared and standing at your bike rack by 8:00 AM, awaiting instructions by event staff.

SuperSprint
SuperSprint participants will release behind the Sprint athletes in the same sequence, with an estimated 9:00 AM start time.

Duathlon
Due to course logistics, currently registered Duathletes will now default to a bike-run competition, starting with the 40K Bike Course, then completing a 2-loop 10K Run. Duathletes will now be merged into the greater field of International distance (bike-run) competitors and will start with their age group.

AquaBike
Due to the swim cancelation, all registered AquaBike participants will be completing a 40K time trial on the Bike Course. Currently registered AquaBike participants will continue to compete within their same division.

All athletes that compete in the bike-run format will have USAT age group scoring count towards triathlon rankings.

Thank you for your attention, for you patience and for your support of a safe event. Should you have any further questions, please contact our Athlete Services texasregistration@lifetimefitness.com or visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/LifeTimeTri

 

Celebrate Global Running Day with us!

Wednesday is Global Running Day, and the Statesman Cap10K staff is teaming up with the folks from the Austin Marathon & Half Marathon for a free running event. File photo by RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN.
Wednesday is Global Running Day, and the Statesman Cap10K staff is teaming up with the folks from the Austin Marathon & Half Marathon for a free running event. File photo by RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN.
The running routes pass the famous bat statue at Barton Springs Road and Congress Avenue. File photo by Sung Park/Austin American-Statesman
The running routes pass the famous bat statue at Barton Springs Road and Congress Avenue. File photo by Sung Park/Austin American-Statesman

Next Wednesday is Global Running Day, so you’re pretty much required to go for a run, right?

We’ve got the event for you – and besides fun downtown runs of 3 or 6 miles, it includes chances to win free race entry into the Austin Marathon & Half Marathon or the Statesman Cap10K, a Timex Ironman watch or a Clif Bar cycling jersey. Plus everyone gets maps, bottled water, nutrition bars, samples of Nuun electrolyte drink and high fives. (Wear a race shirt from any Austin race and receive bonus raffle ticket.)

The free event starts at 6 p.m. in the west parking lot of the Austin American-Statesman, 305 South Congress Avenue. Look for the black Cap10K tent and white flags at the north end of the parking lot, near the bat observation center. Parking is free for those attending event; parking passes will be provided upon arrival.

The event is a self-guided and a self-paced activity that encourages participants to exercise to level of their individual ability. Maps will be provided. Baby joggers and pets on leashes are welcome.

Bring friends, family, co-workers and anyone else who seems interested. Bring your smart phone, too, to capture the fun and make your followers jealous. (Tag #GlobalRunningDay, @cap10k, @austinmarathon). La Fantabulous Cabo food truck will be on hand, selling tacos.

Here are the routes:

  • 3 Mile Route – Starting from the Statesman parking lot, you’ll pass the “Night Wings” statue as you head west on Barton Springs Road. You’ll run by a grove of pecan trees outside the Palmer Events Center, then turn at the Dougherty Arts Center and travel north through Butler Park. After crossing the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge over Lady Bird Lake, you’ll approach the newly renovated Seaholm Power Plant, then wind over to Whole Foods Market before turning toward Republic Square Park. From the park travel south to Cesar Chavez Street for a quick loop around Austin City Hall before jumping up to West Willie Nelson Boulevard and the Moody Theater. Finally, head back to Congress Avenue and cross the river to reach the Statesman parking lot where the run began.
  • 6 Mile Route – Starting from the Statesman parking lot, you’ll pass the “Night Wings” as you head west on Barton Springs Road. You’ll run by a grove of pecan trees outside the Palmer Events Center, then turn at the Dougherty Arts Center and travels north through Butler Park. After crossing the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge over Lady Bird Lake, you’ll pass the newly renovated Seaholm Power Plant and continue north on West Avenue to 12th Street. From there, you’ll turn toward the State Capitol and continue east over Interstate 35. At Comal Street you’ll swing right, running past the George Washington Carver Museum and the Texas State Cemetery. At Fifth Street, you’ll turn right again and follow the pedestrian pathway alongside the Metro Rail Line toward the Austin Convention Center. At Congress, head south, crossing the river and returning to the Statesman.

 

Race on for now, but LifeTime Tri Cap Tex organizers monitoring Lady Bird Lake in advance of Monday event

Athletes make their way through the course at the LifeTime Tri CapTex. File photos by Jay Janner
Athletes make their way through the course at the LifeTime Tri CapTex. File photos by Jay Janner

Weather forecasters are calling for rain today and tomorrow, but so far it’s all systems go for Monday’s big downtown triathlon.

Stay tuned, though. That could change Sunday, depending on how much runoff goes into Lady Bird Lake, where the swim portion of the race is scheduled to take place.

Organizers of the Life Time Tri CapTex said this today:

“In coordination with the City of Austin and the Lower Colorado River Authority, we are continuing to monitor both water quality and water levels of Lady Bird Lake leading up to the Life Time Tri CapTex event on Monday, May 30. A final decision will be made on Sunday as to whether the swim portion of the race should continue or be cancelled and the race continue as a bike/run.”

Registration is still open for the event, which includes international, sprint and super sprint distance triathlons, plus relays, an aquabike division and a duathlon.

Registration fees range from $99 for the super sprint to $189 for the international distance relay through Saturday. On-site registration ranges from $119 for the super sprint to $209 for the international distance relay.

For more information or to register, go here.

Athletes make their way through the course at the LifeTime Tri CapTex. File photo by Jay Janner
Athletes make their way through the course at the LifeTime Tri CapTex. File photo by Jay Janner

 

 

 

Hotel Ella launches Sunday morning Yoga & Mimosas series

Instructors from BFREE Yoga will lead the classes at Hotel Ella. Photo by Andrew Masi/Masifoto
Instructors from BFREE Yoga will lead the classes at Hotel Ella. Photo by Andrew Masi/Masifoto

The Austin Beer Run Club started the trend, combining evening runs with happy hour. Then came Yomosas, a mashup of yoga and mimosas. BRUNch Running upped the ante with weekend runs followed by breakfast.

Clearly, booze and exercise make fine companions here in Austin.

Now Hotel Ella, a historic hotel in a Greek revival-style mansion near the University of Texas campus, is joining the party.

Every Sunday this summer, the hotel will host an hour-long yoga class led by a BFREE instructor. Participants in the Yoga & Mimosas series will get complimentary valet parking and mimosas after class.

Hotel Ella, located near the University of Texas campus, was built in 1900. Photo by Jake Holt for Hotel Ella
Hotel Ella, located near the University of Texas campus, was built in 1900. Photo by Jake Holt for Hotel Ella

The first class is set for 10:30 a.m. June 5, in the Hotel Ella Ballroom at 1900 Rio Grande Street. The hotel is located inside the historic Goodall Wooten house, built in 1900.

Tickets are $20 per class or $200 for the complete series of 13 sessions. Tickets are available here. Bring your own mat.

Free sunset yoga overlooking Lake Travis

Resolute Cycling & Fitness is offering free sunset yoga classes on Thursday nights overlooking Lake Travis. Photo courtesy Resolute Cycling & Yoga
Resolute Cycling & Fitness is offering free sunset yoga classes on Thursday nights overlooking Lake Travis. Photo courtesy Resolute Cycling & Yoga

 

Add this one to the free fitness file …

Resolute Cycling & Yoga is hosting free summer sunset yoga classes on Thursday nights at a studio overlooking Lake Travis.

The first class, with Alex and DJ David Trap, is scheduled for 7 p.m. this Thursday at Villa del Lago, 12400 Cedar Street.

Superfun Yoga Pants will be on hand with merchandise from Teeki, Goldsheep and Liquido Active, and a special 10-class pass will be available for purchase.

All levels are welcome.

To reserve a spot in the class, go here.

For more information call (512) 298-3400 or email info@resolutefitness.com.

Bike to Work Day continues with party tonight at Hops & Grain Brewery

Cyclists sign in at the check-in station at City Hall during this morning's Bike to Work Day festivities at City Hall. Photo by Pam LeBlanc
Cyclists sign in at the check-in station at City Hall during this morning’s Bike to Work Day festivities at City Hall. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

Did you get your free breakfast this morning, commuters?

I stopped by City Hall on my way to work to check out the Bike to Work Day action. So many bikes were crammed into the racks and leaning against railings that I struggled to find a spot to stash my bike.

I love it when that happens.

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Festivities continue tonight, at the Bike Home From Work Day Party from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hops & Grain Brewing, 507 Calles Street. The party will include live music from Jam Therapy, a bike photo booth, door prizes, food and beer.

For more information go here.

And see my gallery of photos here.

Pedal on!

Austin climbs on latest fitness poll

Early morning runners get in their exercise on the Roy and Ann Butler Hike and Trail as the sun rises on Lady Bird Lake east of the Ann Richards Congress Avenue bridge. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Early morning runners get in their exercise on the Roy and Ann Butler Hike and Trail as the sun rises on Lady Bird Lake east of the Ann Richards Congress Avenue bridge. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Another fitness poll came out today, and Austin climbed five spots to tie with Raleigh, North Carolina, for the 15th fittest large metropolitan area in the United States.

The American Fitness Index, compiled by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Amerigroup Foundation, uses data from the U.S. Census, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, The Trust for the Public Land City Park Facts and other existing research data to formulate its list. (To see a complete list of data components, go here.)

Washington, D.C., Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Denver topped the list. Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Louisville pulled up the rear.

The metropolitan statistical area of Austin-Round Rock scored 59.3 out of 100 possible points. It saw an 8.5 percent increase in the number of residents who reported being physically active and a 3.9 percent drop in the number of residents currently smoking.

Stand up paddleboarders navigate the waters around Lou Neff Point on Lady Bird Lake. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Stand up paddleboarders navigate the waters around Lou Neff Point on Lady Bird Lake.
RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

But how accurate is that? Could that many more people really be exercising here?

Maybe so. Maybe the steady stream of people moving to Austin has upped our fitness game even more. Or maybe more folks are just saying that they exercise.

I’m always skeptical of fitness polls. I think they give a general idea of a city’s fitness in comparison with other places, but I think different parts of each city are differently fit.

Here in Austin, we’ve got a core group of people who consistently get on the trail to run or walk. We’ve got a river full of kayakers, and swimming pools where you have to wait to get a lane. I see more and more people riding their bikes to work.

But just because a certain segment of the population works out regularly doesn’t mean the whole city is fit. Take a look at the folks in line at the grocery store. I see lots of not-so-fit folks out there.

Nationally, 60 percent of cities around the country earned higher scores on the index this year compared to last. The main reason? Nearly 12 percent more people who took the poll this year reported that they exercised in the last 30 days. (Really? Just once and it counts?)

The poll also reported a 4.7 percent drop in the number of people who smoked and a 5.2 percent increase in how much people spent on going to parks. Also, twice as many states had policies in 2016 that required physical education at the elementary, middle or high school level

Scores dropped in a few places, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Sacramento and San Diego.

Amerigroup Texas Medical Director Dr. Brandon Charles encourages all Texans to exercise for at least 30 minutes and participate in 10 minutes of stretching and light muscle training five days a week.

Here’s the full list, including this year’s ranking, last year’s ranking and final score:

  • 1. (1) Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 77.9
  • 2. (2) Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 76.7
  • 3. (6) Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 72.6
  • 4. (7) Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 69.6
  • 5. (4) San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 69.3
  • 6. (8) Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 69.0
  • 7. (9) Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 67.0
  • 8. (12) Salt Lake City, UT 65.5
  • 9. (11) Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 65.3
  • 10. (3) San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 64.1
  • 11. (10) San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 63.4
  • 12. (17) Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 63.1
  • 13. (5) Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 62.4
  • 14. (14) Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 62.3
  • 15.5. (20) Austin-Round Rock, TX 59.3
  • 15.5. (13) Raleigh, NC 59.3
  • 17. (19) Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 56.5
  • 18. (18) Richmond, VA 55.1
  • 19. (15) Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 54.6
  • 20. (33) Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 54.2
  • 21. (28) Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 54.2
  • 22. (24) New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 53.8
  • 23. (16) Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 52.7
  • 24. (22) Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 52.3
  • 25. (25) Cleveland-Elyria, OH 52.1
  • 26. (27) Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 51.7
  • 27. (21) Pittsburgh, PA 51.3
  • 28. (20) Saint Louis, MO-IL 50.9
  • 29. (23) Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 50.8
  • 30. (26) Kansas City, MO-KS 50.3
  • 31. (35) Jacksonville, FL 49.5
  • 32. (30) Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 48.2
  • 33. (42) New Orleans-Metairie, LA 46.0
  • 34. (37) Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 44.9
  • 35. (32) Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 43.6
  • 36. (34) Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 42.7
  • 37. (41) Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 42.2
  • 38. (38) Columbus, OH 41.6
  • 39. (43) Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 41.4
  • 40. (39) Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 40.6
  • 41. (31) Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 40.4*
  • 42. (40) Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 40.4*
  • 43. (36) Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 40.3
  • 44. (44) Birmingham-Hoover, AL 39.4
  • 45. (47) San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 35.0
  • 46. (45) Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN 34.2
  • 47. (49) Memphis, TN-MS-AR 33.3
  • 48. (46) Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN 31.8
  • 49. (48) Oklahoma City, OK 29.5
  • 50. (50) Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN 26.6

Deep Eddy Pool celebrates centennial with party Saturday

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A party to celebrate the 100th birthday of Deep Eddy Pool is set for 5-9 p.m. Saturday.  (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
A party to celebrate the 100th birthday of Deep Eddy Pool is set for 5-9 p.m. Saturday. (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

he diving horses left decades ago and a huge water slide no longer whisks swimmers to the water, but a century after it opened, Deep Eddy Pool still provides one of the best cool-offs in our sizzling city.

This Saturday, the pool will celebrate its 100th birthday with a free swim day and party.

Festivities are set for 5-9 p.m. Saturday, and will include live music by Melancholy Ramblers, Hey and Sister Jane. The H2Ho’s will present a synchronized swimming show, and face painters, balloon twisters and fire dancers will provide entertainment. Food and drink will be available for purchase, along with a limited number of prints depicting the pool, created by Austin artist Brian Phillips.

Got a retro swimsuit? Wear it for a chance to win a prize for the most original and most authentic bathing attire.

A party to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Deep Eddy Pool is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Saturday.
A party to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Deep Eddy Pool is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Saturday.

Deep Eddy opened in 1916, when businessman A.J. Eilers bought a little slice of land along the river where a huge rock created a swirling eddy and built the first outdoor concrete swimming pool in Texas.

The resort, complete with rental cabins, quickly grew into as much carnival ground as swimming pool. A diving baby (who was really more of a toddler), a man dubbed “the Human Fish” who ate a banana while sitting underwater, and the Great Lorena and her Diving Horse, who plunged off a wooden ramp into a canvas-lined tank 30 feet below, performed regularly.

Bathers could glide down a 70-foot water slide, dive off a 40-foot tower or dangle from a series of rings and trapezes over the water. Attractions included a Ferris wheel, a carousel and nightly silent movies. Admission was 5 cents, and bathers could rent one-piece gray swimsuits to take a dip.

The City of Austin bought the pool in 1935. Over the years, it has inspired a musical composition, short stories and poems.

A swimmer logs laps at Deep Eddy Pool. File photo by Ralph Barrera.
A swimmer logs laps at Deep Eddy Pool. File photo by Ralph Barrera.

A major renovation of the pool’s bathhouse was completed in spring 2007. The facility includes open-air changing rooms, heated showers, bathrooms and a snack bar. Today, the pool is drained and refilled several times a week.

Proceeds from Saturday’s party will benefit Friends of Deep Eddy and the group’s continuing effort to maintain and support the grounds at Deep Eddy Pool.

Donate to Statesman Swim Safe to teach kids to swim

Children in the Statesman Swim Safe program participate in a class. Photo by Mark Matson for the American-Statesman
Children in the Statesman Swim Safe program participate in a class. Photo by Mark Matson for the American-Statesman

 

Remember when you first learned how to swim?

I do. I took swim lessons at Northwest Pool in Austin in the 1970s, and still remember the excitement of gliding, all by myself, across the pool by myself.

Swimming’s one of those life-long skills that opens up a whole world of adventure. Because of the basic swim skills I learned as a kid, I learned how to water ski and scuba dive. I swim on a U.S. Masters Swim team today, and head to Western Hills Athletic Club for swim practice four or five times a week. I even teamed up with a friend to swim a relay race around Manhattan Island a few years ago. (Yes, the one in New York.)

Readers are asked to donate to the program, which provides swimming lessons to underserved children. Photo by Mark Matson for the American-Statesman
Readers are asked to donate to the program, which provides swimming lessons to underserved children. Photo by Mark Matson for the American-Statesman

I know how important – and fun – it is to know how to swim.

Statesman Swim Safe, a fund-raising program of the Austin American-Statesman, has launched its annual campaign.

Readers are encouraged to donate to help teach underserved children in Central Texas how to swim. The City of Austin Aquatics Division and the YMCAs of Austin and Greater Williamson counties teach the lessons. Since the program started in 2000, more than 12,000 children have participated.

To donate to Statesman Swim Safe, go here.

More than 12,000 children have participated in the program. Photo by Mark Matson for the American-Statesman.
More than 12,000 children have participated in the program. Photo by Mark Matson for the American-Statesman.

All donations are tax deductible, and the Austin Community Foundation administers the fund.

Niapalooza kicks off Friday with series of Nia events

Niapalooza, a series of Nia-themed events, kicks off Friday in Austin. Photo courtesy Movement With Sara.
Niapalooza, a series of Nia-themed events, kicks off Friday in Austin. Photo courtesy Nia Technique

 

Forget Lollapalooza. Niapalooza kicks off this weekend in Austin.

Think of Nia as dance, martial arts and healing arts, all stirred into a single workout. It’s done barefoot, and can be modified to individual abilities and needs.

A lineup of activities is planned during Niapalooza:

  • At 9 a.m. Friday, when Janet Hollander presents “Nia for Bone Health” at Mind Body Yoga, 12636 Research Boulevard, Suite C-206. Hollander will show how Nia movements can be adapted to help build and preserve healthy bone density. The cost is $60.
  • From 1-3 p.m. Sunday, trainer Helen Terry will lead classes in mastering Nia’s 52 moves, followed by a Move IT class, a version of Nia that includes interval training, at Balance Dance Studios, 4544 S. Lamar Boulevard. Cost is $15 in advance for one class or $25 for both ($10 more at the door.)
  • Jason Alan Griffin will teach at 10 a.m. Monday at Balance Dance Studios. Cost is $15 for women or $7.50 for men.
  • A community Nia Jam is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 13945 U.S. 183. Several local Nia teachers will take turns teaching. Nia’s FreeDance and Moving to Heal class formats will also be demonstrated. Cost is $15.
  • From 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 22, Julie Wylie will offer an Introduction to Nia playshop and class at Mind Body Yoga, 12636 Research Blvd., Suite C-206. Cost is $20.

For more information and links to event registration, go here. http://www.niaaustin.com. For more information about Nia, see http://www.nianow.com.