Austin lets man chase his pas­sions


Austin American-Statesman - - TV TONIGHT - Con­tin­ued from D Do as the Lo­cals Do! Con­tact Ari­anna Au­ber at 445-3630.

stream of com­men­tary on pass­ing land­marks, list­ing facts and an­swer­ing any ques­tions about Austin that their fel­low run­ners, a mix of lo­cals and tourists, might have.

Though that par­tic­u­lar run doesn’t ac­tu­ally stop for beer dur­ing the tour, an­other one called the Texas 5K Beer Run does. This route dips down to the Ann and Roy But­ler Hike and Bike Trail, then stops at Shin­ers’ Saloon on Congress Av­enue, where tasters of three dif­fer­ent beers await. From there, the run­ners head up to the Cloak Room, a low-lit dive bar near the Capi­tol that politi­cians fre­quent. The tour ends at the Kung Fu Saloon on Rio Grande Street.

Other tours fo­cus on Austin’s mu­sic scene, its many parks and the 40 acres of the UT cam­pus. Ack­er­ley said that though some of the runs at­tract only about one to four peo­ple, more pop­u­lar ones such as the beer 5K can draw as many as 20 some­times, es­pe­cially on week­ends. Th­ese tours all come with a fee.

Austin’s at­ten­tion to fit­ness de­lighted Ack­er­ley when he first moved here Each week we’ll bring you rec­om­men­da­tions from no­table Aus­tinites on what you’ve just got to check out — from in­sider tips on where to catch the best live mu­sic to where to find the best Tex-Mex. To sug­gest some­one to fea­ture, email Ari­anna Au­ber at aauber@ states­ and noted how com­mon it was for lo­cal ex­er­cise afi­ciona­dos to have done Iron­mans, gru­el­ing triathlons.

A fin­isher of 15 marathons and one Iron­man him­self, he en­joys the Lady Bird Lake trails, the Shoal Creek trails and the course at Pure Austin Fit­ness on Braker Lane.

An­other type of work­out he likes is yoga at Wan­der­lust Live, on East Fourth Street, in part be­cause it in­cor­po­rates live mu­sic into the ex­er­cise. He’s a fan of venues such as the Mo­hawk and Emo’s East be­cause they fea­ture some of his fa­vorite bands, and he’s started a mu­sic blog and writ­ten for mag­a­zines such as the ATX Mu­sic Mag.

He cred­its Austin as one of the rea­sons he’s been able to pur­sue his hob­bies on top of his day job.

“It’s the most op­por­tunis­tic city to get into what your pas­sions are, but still get by and not fi­nan­cially drown,” he said.


Pam LeBlanc en­joys the view from the South Rim Trail at Big Bend Na­tional Park.

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