Tours provide run of the city
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