Congrats to Katie Niemeyer, who invented a snazzy little wristband called the Handana that’s perfect for wiping away sweat (or snot) when you run.
The Handana was named runner up at this year’s Under Armour Future Show Innovation Challenge. RaesWear, a company that sells pouches to carry things like phone, keys and cash, won the competition. (But hey, we’ve already got SPIbelt, from Austin’s own Kim Overton, for that!)
Under Armour invites a handful of entrepreneurs to participate in its Innovation Challenge, a sort of in-house trade show. Employees vote on their favorite items, and a few are chosen to be presented to company executives. (Think “Shark Tank,” that television show where people pitch their inventions to folks who might fund them.)
RaesWear won the $50,000 prize, but Under Armour executive vice president of innovation Kevin Haley says the company will do some kind of business with all the finalists.
“Whether you’re talking to a well-funded Silicon Valley startup with $200 million in venture capital money, or that person in their garage, or to Dow Chemical who happens to have a new polymer with potential – they’re all in the same boat in some ways,” Haley says. “They lack the four things we can provide – the brand, the marketing, the distribution and the sourcing.”
Kevin Breeland almost didn’t live to participate in this year’s Austin Heart Walk.
Breeland, 58, nearly died two years ago, when he suffered a heart attack at his home in Georgetown. Emergency medical crews performed CPR on him for an hour and a half, and jolted him with a defibrillator 37 times before his heart began beating again.
“I was dead for 45 minutes,” he says.
Breeland had a history of heart disease in his family – his biological father, grandfather and two uncles all died of it, and his sister and mother also had heart problems. Yet he ignored it. He was overweight and out of shape, and didn’t eat a healthy diet.
“All my doctors tell me how lucky I am to be alive,” he says. “When I came to a week later, I was on dialysis and machines hooked up to me. I ended up being in the hospital a month, then rehab for four months.”
Today he’s thankful for every day. On Saturday, Breeland’s daughter, sister, aunt and friends will join him for the Austin Heart Walk at the Long Center, 701 West Riverside Drive.
The annual event is a part of the American Heart Association’s “My Heart. My Life” movement, which aims to improve heart health of Americans and decrease the number of deaths due to heart disease and stroke. The American Heart Association hopes to raise $1 million to help fund research, education and outreach that support heart health.
Heart disease is the top killer of Americans. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death. According to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of cases are preventable.
“Even though a lot of heart disease is hereditary, there are things you can do to protect yourself – eating right, exercising and all the things I didn’t do,” Breeland says.”We have to raise awareness.”
Breeland has lost 60 pounds since his heart attack, and walks and takes the stairs when he can. Still, he knows he needs to get back to the gym more often. Recovery has been slow, and Breeland says if he’d been in better shape leading up to the heart attack he could have recovered more quickly.
“The reality of it is I feel pretty good, better than have in years,” he says.
The non-competitive 5K walk begins at 8 a.m. at The Long Center. The event will include an interactive Kids’ Zone and complimentary heart and health screening. Adults, children and pets are welcome.
There is no fee to participate in the walk, but donations are accepted. For the first time this year, a 5K chip-timed run will be part of the lineup. Entry fee for the timed run is $40. To register for either event, go here or call 512-338-2400.
Daylight is dwindling, but water at the Pure Austin Quarry Lake is still warm. That means there’s time for one more Open Water Swim Race.
The final race of the season is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the lake, 4210 West Braker Lane.
Swimmers can choose from two distances – a 1,500-meter swim (two loops around the lake) or a 750-meter swim (one loop). Top finishers in male, female and masters categories will receive prizes from Zen, Lucky Robot, Austin Massage Co. and Austin East Ciders.
Entry fee is $20. Register online here or at the Pure Austin front desk through 4 p.m. race day. Onsite registration opens at 5 p.m. at the race site.
The races will start separately – one at 6 p.m. and the other five minutes later.
For more information email Peri Kowal at firstname.lastname@example.org or Julie Stupp at email@example.com.
No teams. No support vehicles. No special jerseys. And no prize money.
“Inspired to Ride,” a new film by the producers of “Ride the Divide,” follows a handful of cyclists as they race unsupported 4,233 miles across the United States.
The film will screen at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 at the Alamo Drafthouse, 1120 South Lamar Boulevard. Tickets are $12 in advance here or at the door.
Producer and director Mike Dion will lead a Q&A session after the screening, and Texas endurance cyclist Billy Rice, who appears in the film, will attend and talk more about the Trans Am Bike Race.
Rice and his daughter Lina recently finished the Tour Divide Race on a tandem, making 16-year-old Lina the youngest person to complete the grueling mountain bike race. (We know you’re dying to ask Billy Rice what it is was like traveling more than 2,700 miles on a tandem with a teen-ager.)
For more information go here. Watch a trailer here.
Whole Earth Provision Co. on North Lamar Boulevard reopens next week, five months after Shoal Creek flooded and inundated the store with more than 3 feet of muddy water.
In addition to structural damage, almost all the inventory at the store, at 1014 N. Lamar Boulevard, was ruined in this year’s Memorial Day floods, manager Holland Jones said at the time.
The Oct. 17 reopening kicks off a two-week Coming Home-Giving Back campaign. Whole Earth will donate 5 percent of the store’s sales on the weekends of Oct. 17-18 and Oct. 24-25 to The Barnabas Connection Flood Relief for Wimberley and 5 percent to the Shoal Creek Conservancy. Customers can also donate through a register fund drive.
“We are extremely grateful for our loyal customers who continued to trade at the University of Texas campus and Westgate locations; for our dedicated and flexible staff; for our wonderful friends and neighbors who provided all manner of generous support in the aftermath of the flood and for the excellent work done for the renovation of our North Lamar store,” Whole Earth founder Jack Jones said in a press release.
Whole Earth was founded near the University of Texas campus on Dec. 14, 1970. Today it operates nine stores in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and Southlake.
The North Lamar location has flooded at least three times since it opened about 15 years ago, but this year’s damage was the worst, Holland Jones said at the time.
During the Coming Home-Giving Back campaign, customers can enter drawings for prizes including Yeti coolers, a stand-up paddle board, a GoPro camera, a sleeping bag and packs from Marmot, day packs and duffels from The North Face, sunglasses, shoes, clothing and more. Entries will be accepted at the North Lamar location between Oct. 17 and Oct. 25.
Women of all ability levels are invited to get on the lake and paddle at Kristin McLain’s Get Out Girl Paddle Jam on Oct. 18.
The event, named for Star Flight nurse Kristin McLain, who died in a helicopter rescue accident in April, provides on-water support on an out-and-back course for women paddling standup paddleboards, kayaks and canoes. Participants can paddle between 2 and 10 miles.
McLain, a member of Austin’s Star Flight crew for seven years, was instrumental in creating the first Get Out Girl Paddle Jam and was passionate about sharing her love of paddling and the outdoors. She liked to de-stress after a night of rescue work by paddling on Lake Austin.
Proceeds benefit the Flatwater Foundation, which helps fund mental health treatment for people who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis of a family member. The non-profit organization hosts the annual 21-mile Dam That Cancer event each year.
The Paddle Jam begins and ends at Steiner Ranch Lake Club, 12300 River Bend Road. Paddlers can launch their own vessels or boards or rent a SUP or kayak (limited boards/kayaks available.). Afterward, participants can shop sample sales, listen to music and enjoy food and drink with family and friends. The event begins at 7:30 a.m.
Entry fee is $70 if you have your own board or boat; $90 if you need to rent one. Cost includes lunch. To register, go here.
For more information about the event, contact Cindy Present at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can at a new free 5K race at Pioneer Farms on Oct. 17.
The lead runner will chase a horse through the historic farm at this family event, organized by Erik Stanley and his Trail Roots running group. Stanley worked as a ranch hand and field trip curriculum creator at the farm when he was a student at the University of TExas, and has wanted to put on a race there ever since.
“At Trail Roots, we are constantly looking for ways to share the joy of running with new folks and this local race is the perfect opportunity,” Stanley says. “We see the ways that running enhances our lives and want to see others share in that experience.
And did we mention that it’s free?
“I want to develop a fun and friendly community race that everyone can afford and bring their friends and family along,” Stanley says. “Long-term, I envision more connection with other local businesses that could participate in and support the event.”
A kids’ mile starts at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8:30 a.m. Both courses are on dirt roads and jeep trails.
When you’re done running, you can explore the five themed historic areas at Pioneer Farms – a Tonkawa encampment, a German emigrant farm, a Texian farm, a cotton planter’s farm and a rural village called Sprinkle Corner. You can meet farm animals at the 90-acre farm’s Scarborough Barn.
Awards will be given for the top three overall, masters top 3, and grandmasters first place, plus the top three in the kids mile.
The 75-year-old, who lives in Georgetown, started running when he was about 40. When he retired from his job as a statistician with the U.S. Census Bureau in 2006, he started recording on a calendar just how many miles he’d covered.
“I was never a fast jogger and now I am an old slow jogger,” Baldwin says. “I enjoy jogging and hope to continue as long as my health allows.”
His goal is to run 4 miles at a time, three days a week, and he usually comes pretty close. He likes running in the fall, winter and spring best, but says running in the summer isn’t so bad – as long as you accept the fact that you’re going to get sweaty.
“If you start out with that expectation it’s not that bad,” he says.
He mostly rambles around Georgetown, and at one time prided himself on the fact that he’d jogged every street, parking lot and alley in the city. Since then, though, more streets have gone in that he hasn’t explored.