Keeping Austin Active


School is back in session, and vacation season is behind us. It’s easy to get bogged down in a routine this time of year… all the more reason to keep your energy up by staying active throughout this Fall and Winter season. Researchers say that staying active not only keeps you fit, but also boosts mood with increased endorphin levels along with improving sleep and mental focus as well. So, in the wake of your busy schedule, here’s a list of fun ways to stay active in Austin with friends and family.


5.12K Run to Brunch

Sunday, September 22

Kick your Fall off with a 5K or 10K run this Sunday at the 5.12K Run to Brunch, then reward yourself with the ultimate post-race brunch on Auditorium Shores. You’ll indulge in brunch selections from 16 favorite and iconic Austin eateries, not to mention brunch cocktails and a Bloody Mary bar to take the cake. Presented by Keep Austin Weird, this event features live local entertainment, an expo, Austin’s largest tug-of-war in decades, games, tons of photo ops and more! With this race benefiting LIVESTRONG, you also can help support the fight against cancer while celebrating the city that we love to call home. Get your registrations now, and we’ll see you downtown this Sunday!


ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot

Thursday, November 28

Spend your Thanksgiving morning by enjoying a brisk 5 mile run through downtown at the 29th Annual ThunderCloud Turkey Trot. 20,000 Austinites wake up early every year to get some exercise and burn some calories before they are inevitably piled back on during Thanksgiving dinner. Because 100% of the proceeds go to Caritas of Austin to help the less fortunate, this is a fantastic way to spend the holiday with friends and family, all the while benefiting the entire community. Registrations are currently on sale.


Class Axe Throwing


Being active doesn’t necessarily mean going outside and running around. Sometimes you need to embrace your primal instincts, take out some aggression, and hurl axes to a wall as hard as you can! Class Axe is the prime spot in town to try this new activity taking the nation by storm. Come with friends, coworkers or a date for an evening of competition, exhilaration and embracing of your inner-Viking. And if you’re there in October, you might as well take a peek around the corner at the House of Torment, created by the same creative minds. Of course, that’s exhilarating in a different kind of way.


Rowing Dock


The good thing about living in Central Texas is that summer doesn’t really end until mid-October, at least not temperature-wise. Mosey on down to Rowing Dock on Lady Bird Lake for some end-of-Summer kayaking or paddle boarding. Yes! They are still open. While we recommend you still keep Fido out of the water, the city says you can still enjoy our beloved waters this season. While it may seem a peaceful and serene activity, paddling those oars is definitely on par with any upper body regimen you’d find at the gym. But you have to act fast before the temperature starts dropping! And speaking of Winter….


Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run

Saturday, December 7

A list like this wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our favorite (yes, we’re biased) annual Austin Trail of Lights Fun Run! Run, jog or stroll your way through Zilker Park and get a first look at the Austin Trail of Lights. This hallmark event kicks off the holiday season with locals and visitors alike donning their best holiday costumes and making their way through over 2 million of twinkling lights and roughly 70 holiday displays. With a course that’s just over two miles long, this is a fantastic opportunity for all fitness levels to enjoy together and be welcomed by the most festive Finish Line Festival of the year! Registrations are currently on sale with prices increasing October 16.