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
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 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 participants will release behind the Sprint athletes in the same sequence, with an estimated 9:00 AM start time.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on Facebook at Facebook.com/LifeTimeTri
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.)
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.