Most runners simply want to cross the finish line of their first marathon. Steve Sisson wanted Austin’s runners to set loftier goals, so he created Rogue Running and hired a staff of experienced and decorated coaches. Steve himself is tribute to what drive can accomplish: he was a three-time all-American cross-country and track runner at the University of Texas, and is currently the assistant coach for the women’s track-and-field team.
His vision is to pass on that sense of discipline as well as advanced running techniques in a training program tailored according to how hard runners want to work, rather than how frequently they’ve spotted Jesse Owens in the supermarket. Using this method, the Rogue crew has readied runners for everything from 5K races and marathons to triathlons and trail runs. One of Steve’s ultimate goals is to create a thriving running community. To this end, Rogue Running has trained more than 10,000 runners of varying skill levels, and opened retail stores that outfit the community with athletic apparel and running shoes.
More than three million people survive on $2 a day or less, but Partnerships In Action is hoping to change that. In an effort to raise awareness about development issues and poverty abroad, this organization engineers projects, events, and gatherings around the world, including annual
golf tournaments. Established in 2007, these tournaments unfold in major cities such as Austin, Seattle, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
On September 8, this year's Austin-based tournament will take place at the University of Texas Golf Club. There, attendees will have the chance to network with socially responsible corporations while driving and putting to help end global poverty. In addition, onsite contests and activities infuse the afternoon with extra excitement. After the last shot is sunk and the course is folded up and thrown in the wash, the event will culminate with a lunch, awards banquet, and auction.
Six days before Halloween, the Austin Halloween Half Marathon will set out across Cedar Park in benefit of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas. Costumed or not, participants will work their way across a USATF-certified 13.1-mile course. Chip timers will keep track of each runner's time, and everyone who crosses the finish line will receive a custom finisher medal. Those medals won't be the only rewards waiting at the race's end. An after party will celebrate the day's efforts with music, massages, and activities for kids who aren't already exhausted from watching their parents run all morning.
The Social City Dash puts smart phones to good use during its urban adventure race. Teams of two turn to Twitter and Facebook to solve clues and complete tasks, harnessing the power of their social networks to tackle challenges that take them all over the city. As they race to beat the clock, participants learn new facts about their town and also raise money to support a local charity.
Tired of the same old thing? This weekend stop in at Camp Gladiator Austin in Cedar Park.
It's easy for your workout to become complacent, that's why you should consider circuit training!
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So as you can see, Camp Gladiator Austin is the place to be this weekend.
Wild West Adventure Race: Participants of mainstream races often find themselves on a leisurely jog across flat, well-maintained roads—but not at the Wild West Adventure Race. Instead, they must traverse a course spanning four miles of rugged terrain dotted with impediments that challenge both endurance and strength. Races, which begin every half-hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., crisscross more than 10 obstacles that prompt racers to get down and dirty in trenches filled with ice-cold beer, mud, and smutty romance novels. Each participant will receive a race T-shirt, and top finishers across several age categories will be given individual and team awards. Onsite restrooms, changing rooms, and garden hoses facilitate cleanup before the Cinco de Mayo after party with barbecue, beer, and live music.
While runners often rely on high-tech fabrics and energy drinks to keep them cool and hydrated, the Splash Dash 5K takes a less sophisticated approach: manning the sidelines with a water-gun-toting Splash Squad. With awards for best times as well as best costume, runners can tackle the course with as much intensity or lightheartedness as they want, though all entrants must negotiate jets of water and water balloons before crossing the slip 'n' slide finish line. Meanwhile, a 1K fun-run course gives youngsters a chance to get soaked on the go without having to climb inside their parents' timing bibs.