My husband and I did the Historic Downtown Austin 5k with guide Lee Ackerley, and I can't say enough about the experience! My husband had his doubts, but now he wants to do a running tour anywhere we travel.
The regularly scheduled tour was full when we decided to sign up (almost a week in advance -- it's that popular!), but Lee was generous enough to schedule a separate tour just for us at the regular price. I'm sure it was barely worth his time and running energy to do the extra tour, but he seemed genuinely concerned about making sure that we got the full Austin experience in our limited time in town. He's truly proud of his city and likes showing it off to visitors.
The tour itself was perfectly suited to our intermediate running ability, and I'm sure the guides are willing to go as fast or slow as their group demands. The loop we did went south to Lady Bird Lake, up Congress to the Capitol, and back down through a couple of historic neighborhoods. Even though much of it was on city streets, we never felt unsafe or impeded by the noise and traffic. The sights included quirky, only-in-Austin things, major monuments, urban design, and architectural oddities. Lee's commentary was a good mix of historical details, funny anecdotes, and opinions only a native Texan could provide.
All in all, a cool concept and a fantastic way to see Austin -- and best of all, that exercise earns you an extra breakfast taco!
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