That’s bound to lure lots of runners to this year’s Hill Country Marathon, set for Oct. 19 in Marble Falls. Besides pie, expect a rolling course with some challenging climbs.
I heard lots of good reports after last year’s inaugural Hill Country Marathon, which attracted about 500 runners. Organizers say they expect to double participation at this year’s event, which includes a half marathon, 10K and Kids K.
The marathon follows an out-and-back course on paved roads, starting and finishing at Marble Falls High School Mustang Stadium. (Trivia: Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano attended Marble Falls High School.)
The course is USA Track & Field certified and a Boston Marathon qualifier.Besides the race, the event includes live music and food from local restaurants – including that coveted slice of pie from Blue Bonnet Cafe for runners. A kids’ mile race is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, just after packet pickup.
Registration is $100 for the marathon, $80 for the half marathon and $60 for the 10K. (Prices increase Oct. 12.) To register, go here.
A portion of proceeds from the marathon will benefit Team Red, White and Blue, a non-profit organization that works to connect veterans to their community through social and physical activity. For more information go here.
Want to cuddle with your cruiser? Toast your touring bike? High-five your fixie?
You’ll be in like company at the Sixth Annual South Austin Custom & Vintage Bicycle Show, set for 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Independence Brewery, 3913 Todd Lane No. 607.
The free, family friendly event showcases antique or custom built bi-, tri-, uni-, small and tall cycles.Beer will be sold, as will $5 raffle tickets for prizes from sponsors Ancient Ink, Birds Barbershop, B.M.F. Customs, Frankenbike, Independence Brewery and Metalwork Austin. You can also buy a $10 raffle ticket for a chance to win a custom bicycle built by Chris Hunt. Local vendors will sell stuff, too.
The show will take place outdoors; bring lawn chairs and shade. And if you love your bike, bring it too and talk shop with other cyclists.
Other Lovers, Charlie Hurton and Stoic’s Descent will perform live music.
You think your latest long run seemed long, hot and dry? A visiting lecturer at the University of Texas just spent a week racing across Madagascar.
Robyn Metcalfe, who teaches in the School of Human Ecology in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas ran through rain forests, along cliffs, through deserts and over savannas during RacingthePlanet’s Madagascar 2014 race earlier this month.
By finishing the race in 55 hours and 7 minutes, Metcalfe completed the 4 Deserts series of footraces put on by RacingthePlanet.
She also placed first in her age group and cut 15 hours off her previous race time. Officially, she placed 145th out of 189 athletes who crossed the finish line. (Several dozen others withdrew before finishing.)
A lifelong runner, Metcalfe and her husband Bob, a fellow at the University of Texas’s Cockrell School of Engineering, have two children.
During the race, competitors pass 30 checkpoints spread over 250 kilometers. They carry all their gear in a backpack. About 80 percent of the athletes are male.
Metcalfe, 66, is director of The Food Lab at UT, which explores the future of our food system. The lab’s projects include the “Food Challenge Prize,” a book, and “The Miracle of Feeding Cities,” a documentary film. She is also the author of “Meat, Commerce and the City: The London Food Market, 1800-1855.”