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Austin Urban Vet Austin Urban Vet is a clinic with a community atmosphere filled with people who like working with each other and with their canine and human clients. “We love the fact that we get to take care of people and their pets.” Their goal as a clinic: to create lifelong relationships based on compassionate care for the whole family.

Best Long Triathlon 1st) Kerrville Tri Located in Kerrville, this triathlon is off the beaten path, but the fun is enhanced because of its remoteness. Swim in Nimitz Lake and the Guadalupe River in this race. 2nd) Austin Tri Rock Among other dazzling amenities, this triathlon series offers a swim in Lady Bird Lake, a bike ride on Congress Avenue, and a run along Auditorium Shores. 3rd) CapTex Tri* +) Austin Longhorn 70.3 This Ironman race attracts worldclass athletes in what has become a destination event for the entire globe. As a bonus, this November race finishes indoors. Best Off Road Event 1st) Rogue Trail Series Heavily involved in the running community, you can trust this company to put on events that runners will find exciting, challenging and worth the training.

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Brykerwood Veterinary Clinic According to this vet clinic, Austinites are more likely to do the proper workups to manage their pets’ health. The clinic joins their clients with a collaborative team working to manage your pet’s wellbeing. Their aim is to be an integral part of their clients’ lives and “to continue to educate them on the joys of the human/animal bond.”

2nd) Bandera Trail Races These races are not for the faint of heart. Set in the rough and rocky terrain of Texas, the distance runs range from 25K‘s to 50K‘s and 100K‘s. 3rd) Dirty Du This jot through intense, tumbling terrain is the trail runner and mountain biker‘s dream. Relays are also available for teams who specialize in one sport or the other. +) Capt’n Karl’s Trail Series These long distance runs in the beautiful Texas Hill Country wind through scenic wilderness in the moonlight of summer. Almost makes a 60K sound like fun. Best Adventure Race 1st) Spartan Race Come prepared to be electrocuted, to climb, to duck, to dodge and to cheer on your teammates in this adventure race made for both the newbie and the longtime athlete. 2nd) Tough Mudder This race is more of a long distance obstacle course than a sprint through adventure. There are several challenges to overcome, but Tough Mudder provides an excel-

lent training program online. 3rd) ROC Race Have you always thought you would make a really great game show contestant? This race is the perfect place for you—the obstacles are all inspired by game show antics. Best Body Building Competition 1st) Texas Shredder Classic In 2013, this event featured over 300 athletes in a drug-free body building competition. The crowds flocked to see what is becoming a growing Austin classic. 2nd) Naturally Fit The Naturally Fit bodybuilding event is nestled into the wider event of Naturally Fit Games. The Expo is held by a leading fitness modeling agency and is the largest of its kind in Texas. Best Fitness Competition 1st) AFM Fittest Hey, we don’t want to be those guys that like to talk a lot about themselves, but what can we say? This was an anonymous survey and the people have spoken.

2nd) Fittest Games Held by Crossfit Central, this event celebrates the community at large as well as the tight-knit Austin Crossfit community. Compete as a team or in one of three other categories. 3rd) CG Games Hosted by Camp Gladiator, expect to find the team atmosphere and collegiality you can find at their boot camps and arena. Also expect to find a butt-kicking challenge. +) Missfit Mayhem This is another locally based Crossfit competition with a heavy focus on the individual ability. Check out some of the expected events online.

Wellness Best Sports Medicine* 1st) Sports Performance International Physical therapy gets a makeover at this clinic. Taking a realistic approach to fitness, the therapists here recognize the importance of getting you back into your exercise routine. 2nd) Austin Sports Therapy You’re in good hands here. The staff is saturated with highly qualified sports practitioners; every doctor on 01.2015 • au stinfI tmaga z i n e . c o m • 43

January 2015 - The Best Of 2014 Issue  

We asked you to vote for the people and places that keep Austin fit. Here’s who and what made the cut.

January 2015 - The Best Of 2014 Issue  

We asked you to vote for the people and places that keep Austin fit. Here’s who and what made the cut.