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.
Creative commons image by Katie Haugland.