Fit City approved: Four cool upcoming events for active folks

Kayakers watch the bats emerge from beneath the Ann Richards-Congress Avenue Bridge in this file photo. Larry Kolvoord/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Here at Fit City, we’re constantly trolling the waters (and sifting through press releases) to find the coolest ways to spend these hot summer days.

What’s caught our eye lately? Lots.

If you’re into bats, paddling, yoga, beer, swimming or skinny dipping, listen up – and check out these upcoming events.

  • 1. The Texas River School hosts a Moonlight Bat Float on Saturday, July 8. Join a fleet of kayaks and canoes for a musical float down the river to watch the bats emerge from beneath the Ann Richards – Congress Avenue Bridge. Check in at 6:30 p.m. on the docks of the Texas Rowing Center, 1541 West Cesar Chavez. Paddlers will push off at about 7 p.m., and Bob Livingston will perform music as the flotilla makes its way downriver. The group will return around 9:30 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults or $10 for kids. Future bat floats are scheduled for August 5, September 9 and October 7. Make advance reservations here. For more information, call 512-865-1450.

The Hyatt Regency Austin hosts a free yoga class once a month. Photo courtesy Hyatt Regency Austin

  • 2. Drop by the Hyatt Regency Austin on Monday, July 10, for the next session of Pints & Poses. Ferny Barcelo and Zuzu Perkal will lead a smooth vinyasa flow yoga class, and participants get a coupon for a complimentary draft beer at the hotel’s Marker 10 bar afterward. Best news? It’s all free, including parking in the hotel’s garage. The class, set to meditative music from local yoga DJ Trey Tarwater, starts at 6:30 p.m. in the air-conditioned Texas Ballroom, on the hotel’s second floor near the escalators. For more information, call (512) 477-1234 or go here.
  • 3. If you’re a regular reader, you already know that Fit City likes to skinny dip (and run naked!). If you’re into that sort of thing, take note: Nude Recreation Week takes place July 10-16. The Hill Country Nudists, in association with the American Association of Nude Recreation http://www.aanr.com, will host a Big Nude Day on July 15 at Hippie Hollow Park, 7000 Comanche Trail, the only official public nude recreation area in Texas. Normal, everyday people with normal, everyday bodies will relax and enjoy themselves without the stresses of work life. Entrance fee is $15 per vehicle; ages 18 and up only. For more information go here.

Pure Austin Quarry Lake will host the next race in its Splash ‘n Dash series on July 18. Photo courtesy Pure Austin Fitness

  • 4. Pure Austin hosts the next race in its Splash ‘n Dash series on Tuesday, July 18. The race – a 750-meter swim plus a 3K run – starts at 6:30 p.m. The races take place the third Tuesday of each month through September at Pure Austin Fitness,4210 West Braker Lane. Registration is $20 in advance or $25 on site the day of the event. Want to skip the run part? A straight open water swim race (choose from 750 meters or 1,500 meters) is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8. For more information or to sign up, go here.

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