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Barton Springs Run, Walk, & Hike Group
February 5 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm CST
An event every month that begins at 8:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until December 3, 2022
Our Barton Springs Run, Walk, & Hike Group is open to all.
It bridges the gap between civilians, veterans, and service members through healthy physical activities, focusing on mental health for overall wellbeing. Runners, walkers, and hikers of all levels are invited to join this trails group. Healthy social gatherings can build long lasting positive relationships to fulfill our sense of belonging. The benefits of exercise include enhanced mood and energy, reduced stress, improved mental clarity, and more.
Participants will have two trail routes to choose from:
- Barton Springs Greenbelt Trail – More technical with some elevation. Recommended for moderate to well experienced trail runners and hikers. (moderate to difficult)
- Ann Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail – Flat trail recommended for all levels. (easy to moderate)
Join us for a brief meeting to go over safety and the different routes, then participants will be released to the trails. All are welcome to join us to cool off at Barton Springs Pool afterwards.
WHO: Anyone who wants to support mental health, through self-care, for themselves and our veterans.
WHEN: 1st Saturday of every month at 8:00 am
LOCATION: West side of the Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton, Drive, Austin, TX 78746
COST: Free to run/walk/hike. Veterans also receive free access to Barton Springs Pool; non-veterans must pay their own pool entrance fees.
REGISTER: Call 512-451-7337, opt 8 or email [email protected]
GROUP LEADER: Manny Gonzalez is an Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Marine veteran, a certified mental health peer specialist at Samaritan Center, and an avid trails and long-distance runner.
GROUP CO-LEADER: Rev. Christian Hawley is an Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Air Force veteran, associate rector at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, and a pilgrimage guide for Threshold Expeditions.