The fastest-growing 5k obstacle series is coming to Austin’s COTA Salt on Saturday, September 27,2014. ROC Race is a one of a kind event where participants experience 12 larger-than-life epic obstacles strategically placed along a 5k course. Dodge wrecking balls above a pool of water, take on the game show inspired Jump Balls, try your luck at the brand new Sweeper, and slide down the World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide to cross the ultimate finish line!

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ROC Race is proud to continue its partnership with Challenged Athletes Foundation, a charitable organization with the mission of providing opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence, and enhances quality of life. A portion of each ROC Race registration will be donated to CAF, as well as a percentage of merchandise sales.

Austin is ROC Race’s second to last stop on its 16-city 2014 Epic Tour. Over 100,000 ROC Stars have already signed up to take on the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge this year nationwide, which kicked off in Houston earlier this year.

ROC Race Austin price is at $64 and will increase as the event date approaches. For more information and to register for ROC Race, please visit rocrace.com/austin. Check out the official video here and see what all the hype is about!

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9 Darrel K. Royal Stadiums worth of empty seats fill our roadways everyday. 900,000 vacant car seats, to be exact, clog our ever-expanding roads & highways every weekday.

I see it all the time. Fellow Austinites, driving alone also, to my left and right as we both sit in traffic heading the same direction for miles of bumper-to-bumper gridlock on Mopac, I-35, 183, etc. If we continue this traffic trend, it will take 3 hours to get from Round Rock to downtown Austin by 2035.

For a city so cool, why does the traffic have to stink so bad?

Good news – now it doesn’t. There’s a new way for commuters to safely share their vehicles with other people headed in the same direction. Because, after all, one is not simply in traffic, one is traffic. *Mind blown*

Carma is a new project that is clearing up Austin’s traffic by filling the vacant seats in our cars. They are the world’s first social transportation network and they are changing the way Austin moves by matching users with other users to share their commute based on their route and time of day. Carma is different from Uber/Lyft (or any other taxi service) because the driver is already headed to a destination and is picking people up to reduce traffic and make some money. True Ridesharing. They are re-inventing the carpooling dynamic and making it feasible for people to get to and from work in Austin.

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Benefits of using Carma:

  • Drivers get paid from riders while on their regular commutes
  • Riders get to their destination the cheapest and fastest way possible without the stress of driving
  • TxTag toll reimbursement program for Carma users (more details here)
  • Gets cars off the road and alleviates our traffic problems
  • You can even drive their orange Tesla around Austin as an avid Carma carpooler

We spoke to Russ Garcia from Carma Austin and he said, “We believe the world is ready to change the way we think of carpooling and sharing our morning and afternoon commutes. With groups like AirBnB, the sharing economy has opened the doors of our homes and cars like they have never been open before.We see ourselves as an integral part in the paradigm shift in the way we think about private transportation. Use Uber/Lyft/taxis to get to happy hour, use B-Cycle for short distances around downtown, use Car2Go for your solo/one-way trips, and use Carma as the cheapest, fastest way to get to and from work, or any other shared commute.”

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We found some stats that really showed us how Carma is changing the way Austin gets to and from work.

Is it safe?

Yes. Carma keeps its community safe in the same way that AirBnB and Couchsurfing do. Their peer-to-peer references are the safeguard for its network of carpoolers. After every trip, each driver/rider has the opportunity to leave a 1 – 5 Star rating, as well as, a written review of their experience. Carma also has the option to integrate with Facebook to provide more social proof that your carpool match is a real person, the person who they say they are.

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A lot of talk has been buzzing around Austin regarding rail and highway improvements, which would be cool, but what is great about Carma is that it solves the same goals, literally, overnight at no cost to any taxpayer. Julie Mazur of CAMPO said it well, “There’s lots of good projects going on – Project Connect, Mobility 35 – but that’s the future. This [carpooling] is something you can do today.”

Carma does this. Download on iPhone and Android today – and get cars off the road by tomorrow.

Let’s do this, Austin.

PS: Carma also has a sweet Instagram account that we love to follow, and think you would too.

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This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Texas Heat Wave, and they’re celebrating with over 1,800 custom rides to check out, and over 175 vendors set-up with steals on car audio equipment and more.

In addition to the custom cars displayed as far as the eye can see, they’ll also have:

  • A Custom Car Auto Sound Off
  • A Hydraulic Car Contest
  • A Truck Hop
  • A Burnout Contest
  • A Monster Truck and Car Smash

I highly recommend this event for both car enthusiasts, and anyone looking for something unique to do this weekend. I mean, Monster Trucks? When’s the last time you saw that in Austin?!

On Saturday, after the cars are turned off for the night, performance artist Adrian Marcel will open for rap superstar T.I. in concert at the Expo Center.

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Single day tickets, weekend passes, VIP passes, and concert tickets are all available for purchase.

We’re giving away a pair of weekend passes to the car show! Simply ‘Like’ Texas Heat Wave on Facebook and tell us who you would bring with you in the comments section below to enter to win. Winner will be chosen using random.org on Tuesday morning (7/22).

When: July 25th – July 27th

Gates Open: 9am

Location:
Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Lane
Austin, Texas 78724

http://www.heatwaveshow.com

The Texas Rollergirls bouts are one of the most raved about “things to do” in Austin, and for good reason. This Sunday’s match up will be an event that is fun for the entire family.

Sunday is your chance to come out and see what all the fun is about. This is a very family friendly event, and fans are encouraged to come early and take pictures with the girls. Don’t miss out on the excitement!

Here is a fun video they made to get you in the rollergirl spirit!

To win a pair of tickets to Sunday’s games: share, comment or like this post & tell us who you would take. Winner will be chosen using random.org on Thursday.

To buy tickets, click here.

When: Sunday, July 13th 

Time: Opening Ceremonies: 4:00 pm

First Game: 4:45 pm

Second Game: 6:30 pm

Location:
Austin Convention Center
500 E. Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://www.texasrollergirls.org

Time on Lake Austin is about the only thing that makes the triple-digit summer heat in Central Texas bearable. And while simply lounging on the back of a boat with a few cold ones is a perfectly acceptable way to spend an afternoon, being able to participate on the wake behind the boat will make any summer outing a million times better.

We went out with the boys from Shred Stixx last summer and had an absolute blast! You can read more about that experience here: http://365thingsaustin.com/?s=shred+stixx

This summer, the wakesurfing experts from Shred Stixx have partnered with Billy Garcia’s Freeride Wakeboard School to offer riders the best of both worlds. Billy brings 20 years of experience and two Van’s Triple Crown victories to the wake-school arsenal.

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Maybe you’ve tried wakeboarding/surfing before and just couldn’t get up, or maybe you’re just looking to get better at a sport that you already love. Either way, these two teams are your best bet at improving, regardless of your skill level.

For more info on private or group lessons and/or camps for the kids, email:

info@shredstixx.com

or call: 512-669-1124

www.wakesurfschool.com

We here at 365 Things Austin are absolutely obsessed with the Favor delivery app.

We’ve ordered pizza from our favorite joint that doesn’t deliver, had our dry cleaning brought right to our door, and sent chicken noodle soup to friends when they were sick! We even wrote a whole story about our first Favor experience which you can read here: http://365thingsaustin.com/2013/09/03/favor-app/

After a stop at Galaxy Cafe, Favor Runner Amanda's about to make a customer's day

After a stop at Galaxy Cafe, Favor Runner Amanda’s about to make a customer’s day

Now they’re making it even easier to try Favor for yourself, with free delivery for first time Favor users. Just download the free app from the app store or Google play, order ANYTHING, and the delivery fee will automatically be waived at checkout.

 

Favor Runner Alexis is on the move with freshly baked cookies in hand

Favor Runner Alexis is on the move with freshly baked cookies in hand

We use this service several times a week. It’s great for picking up BBQ essentials for a summer cookout, getting lunch delivered during a busy work day or having a refreshing treat brought to your poolside.

http://askfavor.com

Certainly not the first attempt at a grocery delivery service in Austin, Instacart appears to have finally figured out how to provide this service correctly. After a few moments on their website, you’ll realize just how simple this process can be. From adding fresh fruits and veggies to your shopping cart, to scheduling a delivery time, they’ve made the entire process completely painless.

Here are a few reasons I love this service:

  1. The HEB closest to my home is a nightmare. You know that one at Oltorf and Congress? There’s no parking, and the lines at checkout rival that of a secret show at SXSW.
  2. When I go to the store, I always end up buying 25 things that weren’t on my list. I can’t remember what I have at home, so I buy things I don’t need, or I go hungry and just grab everything in sight.
  3. They made the effort to add a local touch. In addition to HEB, Central Market, Costco (you don’t need a membership to shop), they also provide delivery from Austin favorite Royal Blue Grocery. Update: They now offer delivery from Whole Foods as well!

They have the ability to deliver within an hour of ordering, but I opted for a delivery around dinnertime. As mentioned before, the process is super easy. Visit www.instacart.com or download their mobile app, then enter your zip code (they’re expanding to Pflugerville, Cedar Park and Round Rock), add items to your shopping cart, and choose a delivery window (one hour, two, later in the day), then check out.

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An Instacart personal shopper will receive your order on his/her smartphone; pick up your groceries, and arrive at your door with a smile. Right now they’re also bringing the groceries in Instacart reusable bags that you get to keep, which is also a nice (green) touch.

I figured the prices on the groceries would be ridiculously inflated, but they’re surprisingly similar to what you’d find if you went to the store yourself. Pricing is as follows:

Option Under $35 Over $35
2 hour / scheduled $7.99 $3.99
1 hour $9.99 $5.99

- First order delivery is always free (order must be over $10).
- Instacart Express members get free 2 hour / scheduled deliveries (over $35).

BUT they also gave us a special code to pass onto 365 Things Austin readers. Simply click on this link to receive $10 off your first order (on top of the free delivery): http://www.instacart.com/store?code=365thingsatx

Austin is celebrating the most exciting two minutes in sports like never before by hosting the inaugural Austin Derby Fest.  The streets are going to be blocked of for a one of a kind Kentucky Derby Block Party.

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They’ll have Ray Wylie Hubbard, White Denim, The Dirty River Boys, and Whiskey Shivers for entertainment throughout the day. And at 5pm they’ll show the 140th running of the Derby live on their massive jumb-o-tron.

Your general admission tickets cover food from some of the best trailer eateries around Austin, drinks, live music and a derby day like no other.

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Dressing in your finest Derby garb is highly encouraged, so seek out your Derby best, large hats encouraged.

Get ready for a day of Horses, Mint Juleps, live music and food.

When: Saturday, May 3rd

Time: 1 pm – 10 pm

Tickets:       Standard Admission $20
VIP $75 (includes exclusive access to Trifecta with indoor restrooms, outdoor patios, private bar, AC    and flat screen TVs

Location:
360 Nueces
between
3rd & 4th Street
Austin, Texas 78701

http://austinderbyfest.com 

*Due to last minute scheduling conflict Deer Tick will not be performing Saturday.

After an atypically long and icy winter, Austinites are counting down the days to warmer weather.  Fortunately, signs of Spring are begging to emerge, from longer days to April showers.

Most noticeably, bluebonnets are in full bloom and are blanketing Austin roadsides, making morning commutes a little more beautiful. This time of year, Texas’ state flower blooms as if its sole purpose is for us to enjoy, and of course, take photos in.

If you’re new to town or just looking for Austin’s best spots for bluebonnets, we’ve got you covered.  Plan your wildflower photoshoot at one of these locations, and you won’t be disappointed. For even more wildflower fun, check out TxDot’s Wildflower Sightings page.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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Though the Wildflower Center is a great place to see native flowers and foliage year-round, this time of year it is taken over by lovely bluebonnets. | Image by AOL Travel

 Capital of Texas Highway (Hwy 360)

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The dreaded morning drive just got a little more beautiful.  Bluebonnets blanket 360’s hilly terrain this time of year, making for the perfect photo-op.  Just don’t snap and drive! | Image by ImagesFromTexas.com

St. Edward’s University

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This South Austin university is an ideal place for frolicking in the flowers.  The downtown skyline views and historic architecture found on campus are just a bonus! | Image by Kristy Owen

Montopolis Drive

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Roy G. Guerrero Park is a great spot for disk golf, swimming and bird-watching, but did you know it is also a great place to see bluebonnets | Image by AnChih Jenne Cheng/Statesman

Toll Road 130 & FM 969 in East Austin

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Due to heavy and fast-moving traffic this spot can be tricky to find and pose in, so be extra careful here. |Image by Jacob Bage

Brushy Creek Lake Park, Cedar Park

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Lush green fields and bluebonnets are the perfect backdrop for a photo family or pet photo. Stay a while to walk the trail and feed the ducks! |Image by Shawn Chaney

Teravista Subdivision in Round Rock, Westinghouse Road

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Residents of this Round Rock subdivision brag about a lovely wildflower patch located near the east part of the back entrance to this community | Image by Robert Mulyono

Other noteworthy areas where you can check out Austin bluebonnets include:

RR 2244 (Bee Cave Rd.)
Bull Creek & 45th St.
Hwy 71 West to Marble Falls
Hwy 71 East/21 to Bastrop
FM 1431 to Cedar Park
Hwy 195 in Georgetown
Hwy 130 in Round Rock
FM 1626 in Kyle

This list was curated with the help of Realty Austin, Austin culture connoisseurs and your best friend when comes to buying a home in Austin. Check them out! RealtyAustin.com

Wanna know the best way to keep local small businesses open? No, telling visitors ‘don’t move here’ isn’t it… the answer is to SHOP LOCAL yourself.

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On Saturday, the Burnet Road Independent Business District will have an all day event celebrating small businesses. As we see longtime Austin favorites like Flipnotics and Toy Joy being forced to close their doors, it serves as an all too harsh reality that if shopping small isn’t part of your routine, more and more local businesses will close their doors as well.

So this Saturday, the Burnet IBIZ is making it even more fun to shop small. Several of my favorite locally owned business are partaking in this day of sales, specials, giveaways and more. All Austin, all locally owned.

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Photo Credit: Apothecary Facebook Page

Apothecary, Billy’s on Burnet and Upper Crust are just a few of the places on Burnet that I can’t get enough of. There’s a great variety of shops participating, with everything from great happy hour spots to salons and jewelers. Let’s head out and support these local spots that we know and love.

When: Saturday, April 5th

Time: All day

Location:
Burnet Business District
45th Street – North Loop Blvd.
Austin, Texas

http://tinyurl.com/Lo-BurnFFA

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