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In 2014, Forbes ranked Austin as the fourth worst city in the U.S. for gridlock, estimating that Austinites spent an average of 41 hours each year sitting in traffic. For some, the promise of congestion-relieving toll lane projects isn’t worth the wait. It’s more productive to take matters into their own hands. Or should we say, feet. These two locals put the word “sport” back in transport and hit the ground running (and biking). They’re the ones you see breezing past you on the way in to work. The ones who make you question whether a car is really the fastest way to get from here to there. They’re the ones standing by the water cooler with an un-frazzled smile on their face. The coworkers who haven’t complained about their commute yet.

Eric Hepburn After spending 18 months recovering from a severe ankle sprain, Eric Hepburn bought his first pair of Vibram Five Fingers running shoes in the summer of 2009. He had just finished reading the book Born to Run, about endurance athletes of the Tarahumara Indian tribe. Inspired by their story of perseverance, Hepburn, an IT director at the University of Texas School of Architecture, began walking the 1.7-mile commute from his home in Cherrywood (in Northeast Austin) to his office. Over the course of the semester, he worked to

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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.

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