Bike or run at Livestrong Challenge on Oct. 16


Livestrong is gearing up for its 20th annual Livestrong Challenge in a few weeks, and this year’s event includes both a bike ride and a 5K run.

Cyclists can choose from routes of 20, 45, 65 or 100 miles. The courses start and finish at the Palmer Events Center at 900 Barton Springs Road downtown, and wind south and west through the Hill Country. Cyclists who tackle the 100-miler will loop through Driftwood, Wimberley and San Marcos, stopping to refuel at themed support stops stocked with Nuun hydration and snacks.

Thinking of riding? Look for me on the 65-mile route. I ride a blue Trek, and take my time.

The rides all start at 7:30 a.m., and cancer survivors get a yellow rose at the end of the ride. A party afterward will include food, music and beer.

Don’t feel like pedaling? Runners and walkers can sign up for a 5K race instead. The run, open to all ages and fitness levels, starts at 8:15 a.m. at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road.

Registration for the ride is $95 through Friday ($105 from Saturday through event day.) Registration for the run is $35 through Friday ($45 from Saturday through event day. Use code HONOR5 for a $5 discount.) Proceeds will benefit the new LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

To sign up go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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