Texas is football country and Austin is no exception, seeing as we’re home to the University of Texas Longhorns (2005 National Champions against my alma mater. Sigh.). Tailgating is a religion around here, and on game day you can head to the stadium in your burnt orange gear to be among the fans. Do not, I repeat, do NOT wear your USC sweatshirt around here, Californians. But I have recently learned that you can head downtown around campus and tailgate with ease, even if you don’t know anyone. Good to know!

We also have a minor league baseball team (Round Rock Express) and are 1 hour away from the Spurs home games in San Antonio.

In terms of playing sports, Travel + Leisure named Austin as one of the top cities for athleticism.

Briefly, I skated on the rec league for the Texas Rollergirls. I sucked and quit after 3 months. Roller derby in its modern form began here in Austin with the Texas Rollergirls, and now we have two leagues, one flat track (TXRG) and one banked track (TXRD). I have a favorite league and a favorite team but because I know skaters in both leagues I am going to remain mute on the subject.

Austin is a great running town, and there are always tons and tons of marathons to participate in.

If you are into rugby, check out the Huns. For ice hockey, check out the Ice Bats. For soccer, take a gander at the Aztecs.

Creative commons image by Katie Haugland.