Three fun – and free – New Year’s Day workouts in Austin

Ashley Delonas takes the plunge into Barton Springs at the annual Polar Bear Splash in 2014. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Go getters will have to brace for the cold at a couple of traditional New Year’s Day events – and one new one – on New Year’s Day in Austin this year.

 

  • The Black Eyed Pea Run, sponsored by Rogue Running, offers 3, 5, 7 and 10-mile route options, each with a map and water stops along the way. When you finish, grab a dish of black-eyed peas and a mimosa, then stick around to enjoy the morning with the Austin running community. All run distances kick off at 8:30 a.m. To RSVP, go here.
  • Rather jump in the water on a chilly morning? Head to Barton Springs Pool for the annual Polar Bear Splash. Pool admission is free all day. Save Our Springs will sell commemorative T-shirts starting at 9 a.m. Free coffee and donuts while they last. Water temperature in the pool hover around 70 or 71 degrees, so the dash to the dressing room to get out of your wet swimsuit will hurt the most. Group costumes and plunges are encouraged. Use the hashtag #atxpolarbearsplash2018 to post your photos. No lifeguards on duty; shiver at your own risk.
  • Gixo, an interactive mobile fitness app that provides live coaching, will host its first-ever New Year’s Resolution Run and Walk For each mile run and walked per person, Gixo will donate $10 to Partnership for a Healthier America. Coach Emily Sears will lead a live class in Austin at 10 a.m., starting and finishing at FitAustin at 2919 Manchaca Road. Afterward, participants will head to Kerbey Lane Cafe, 3003 South Lamar, to toast in the new year of fitness. Download the app, sign up, get moving and get GixOing with your local community.

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