Tours pro­vide run of the city

Austin American-Statesman - - LIFE & STYLE - ByAri­anna Au­ber aauber@states­ Lo­cal D

Of the many ways to ex­plore Austin, Lee Ack­er­ley has picked one that might seem aw­fully stren­u­ous to some. But for him and other fit­ness buffs around town, it’s ac­tu­ally a lot of fun.

That fun comes in the form of run­ning while act­ing as a tour guide and talk­ing so much “there’s barely a breath in be­tween,” he said.

Ack­er­ley, miss­ing his home state of Texas, moved to Austin af­ter fin­ish­ing col­lege in Bos­ton. He had been a guide for City Run­ning Tours there and de­cided to bring the tours here, be­com­ing the Austin branch’s man­ager in Fe­bru­ary and lead­ing runs across the city that al­ways, no mat­ter what, be­gin at the Texas Run­ning Co.’s West Fifth Street lo­ca­tion.

The most re­cent one was on Satur­day, a 10K that wound around the Capi­tol, the Univer­sity of Texas cam­pus and Hyde Park and fin­ished at the Black Star Co-Op, off North La­mar Boule­vard, for a cou­ple of re­ward­ing beers and some pub food.

“It’s a great way to see your city and knock out a 10K at the same time,” Ack­er­ley said, ex­plain­ing that he and the other guides pro­vide a steady

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