There’s a subculture of people who simply don’t take walking in stride. You may have seen them along the roadways or in parks: Single-minded, dedicated to one thing. I’m talking about American Volkssport Association walkers.
Volkssporting, like Volkswagen, is a German creation. The AVA puts on 5k and 10k walks.
"We do hikes, walks, bikes, swims," said Joanne Forinash, the AVA's Southwest Regional Director.
I had to ask how the AVA deals with Texas' extreme heat.
Downtowners have been noticing some new signage pointing out major attractions in the Center City. Dozens of new signs have gone up that also help cyclists locate the nearest B-cycle station.
A lot has been going on in the first half of the "Decade of Downtown": There is Center City Development, a new Travis Park, River North, and all of the development efforts together creating a fresh crop of restaurants, bars and coffee shops and a need to get around.
Tens of thousands of people flooded Southtown on Sunday for the city’s semi-annual Síclovía, where the roads are closed to cars and open to other people-powered means of transportation.
Attendees couldn’t have asked for better weather on Sunday to ride in the open streets and Southtown was filled with bikes, runners, dog walkers and rollerbladers. In it’s sixth installment, 50,000 people attended, a slight drop from last year’s 70,000.
Popular fitness event Síclovía will be rolling through Southtown on its way to Mission Concepción this Sunday, March 30.
The preceding two Síclovías have seen Broadway Street closed off to traffic so that cyclists and pedestrians could get out and move. The first event attracted 15,000 people, but last year's event saw growth to four times that number with over 65,000.
It’s the event that closes down streets and invites San Antonians to come out and play, but there's change in the air. Previous Síclovía events have been held on Broadway, but this year they are moving to the Southside.
"The new route will be starting along St. Mary’s near Cesar Chavez, and then stretching down to Mission Concepción," said YMCA’s Director of Marketing Laura Waldrum. "The event is going to take place on Sunday, March 30.”
If you’re new to San Antonio, Waldrum described Síclovía this way:
If you’re looking for one last hurrah before going back to school, the Witte Museum is offering a final chance to enjoy the "old" H-E-B Science Treehouse before it closes temporarily on Jan. 5 for a complete remodel.
The popular treehouse for kids is being brought up to state-of-the-art standards and will become the newly-branded H-E-B Body Adventure opening on May 24, 2014. This change will align the treehouse exhibit with the city’s new health initiatives.
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.