Step outside on a spring morning in Canyon Lake and you’ll see that the streets belong to walkers, runners, and cyclists getting their early morning exercise on. Canyon Lake’s rolling hills make for a challenging and varied course and local residents attack it with vigor. You’ll see Mommies doing the uphill double stroller push across the causeway and cyclists racing against golf carts. Some residents make fitness a high priority and often you’ll see the same faces out there every day pounding the pavement around the community.
It’s no surprise that Canyon Lake is a fit community given that most of our amenities center around recreation. The streets make a great place for training and fortunately we have a nice wide bike lane that is easily shared by cyclists, runners, and walkers. And even when they’re out there huffin’ and puffin’ most athletes still have enough breath to say hello or give a friendly nod to other pedestrians making the exertion a little more enjoyable.
If you’re thinking of putting in some miles this spring, here’s some approximate distances to help you set your course:
- Main Gate to Vacation Drive Stop Sign 1.4 miles
- East Gate to Vacation Drive Stop Sign 1.7 miles
- North Gate to Vacation Drive Stop Sign 1.9 miles
- Continental Drive 1 mile
- Longhorn Drive 1.7 miles
- Evans Park West also features a walking/running trail
If you’re looking for a few events to test your fitness level, the Canyon Lake Triathlon Club sponsors the annual “Fit Community” 5k & 10k walk/run and the annual “Tour de Canyon Lake” bike ride. The club also sponsors and participates in several other events annually including triathlons and duathlons. You can get more information about the club, group training and events through their website.
If you plan to exercise on the streets of Canyon Lake, here’s a few things to remember:
- Wear bright or reflective clothing and be aware of your surroundings; you’re sharing the roads with motorists and you never know if they’re paying attention, so protect yourself by being alert and visible.
- If your exercising with Fido, keep him on a leash so for his safety as well as yours and others sharing the path.
- As temperatures warm up into summer carry water and stay hydrated to avoid heat stroke and other heat related illnesses.
- If your cycling, be sure to wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road to protect yourself and make drivers aware of your presence.
- Carry your cell phone with you in case of an emergency.
Go at your own pace and most of all have fun. We’ll see you in the lane!
* runner’s leg image courtesy of eHow