Síclovía has once again shattered its attendance record despite a bout of rain early Sunday morning. 73,000 people came to play in the streets on Sunday, breaking the 65,000 person record set in April.
Since it’s inception in 2011, YMCA President Sandy Morander said San Antonio has improved it’s body-mass index level according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The fifth Síclovía gets underway Sunday morning, Sept. 29, and officials promise a bigger and better-than-ever event. The day starts with a 5K, and a steadily-growing attendance rate at the outdoor event is driving new attractions.
The high-energy, high-activity outdoor event provides the chance for thousands of people to get out and get in some physical activity.
The San Anto Cultural Arts Center is encouraging San Antonians to get out of their cars and onto their bikes for a ride of discovery. Public Art Program Manager John Medina wants you to show up at San Anto with your bike, your energy, and a little curiosity. If you do, he’ll take you on a tour of significant West Side murals.
Síclovía enters its third year this Sunday, Sept. 29, and the UT Health Science Center has announced results of a survey that revealed attendance at the event motivated people to stay active following Síclovía activities.
UT Health Science Center researcher Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina sent a team out to survey attendees at the last Síclovía in April and almost 400 responded.
The survey found that 87 percent of people came with their family or friends, indicating a strong social support element for exercise.
It wasn't all that shocking or unusual to see San Antonio listed in the past as one of the least fit cities in the nation. There were plenty of excuses - the local cuisine, the hot weather, poor self esteem. But now San Antonio is bucking the national trend of weight gain and obesity. A new study shows that local get-active efforts and health eating programs are showing results.
San Antonio runner Richard Teitz, who is a longtime TPR member, was among the participants in Monday's Boston Marathon. He’s been running for more than forty years and this would have been his 14th Boston marathon.
Teitz is returning home Tuesday and said he’s going to allow himself extra time at the airport as security has been heightened. Teitz said he was about one-third of a mile from the finish line before the explosions, but couldn’t see it just yet and didn’t hear anything.
On Sunday San Antonio’s Síclovía attracted thousands of people, who came out to play in the open street. The YMCA, who hosts the biannual event, said 45,000 people came out last October and this year about 65,000 people participated.
Síclovía has become a staple for the Spring and Fall seasons as Broadway Street is closed to traffic and cyclists, runners, roller bladers, and skate boarders make their way down the road without fear of vehicle traffic.
On Tuesday, city employees rolled up their sleeves to take blood pressure and other tests as part of a biometrics wellness screening.
"It's just good to know where you stand as far as your health," said K Rahman, who has worked in the city’s public works department for six years. Rahman also said he has seen an increase in the city’s focus on healthy initiatives for its employees.