Friday, March 15, 2013

What's a Cyclobia anyway?

By MARK REAGAN The Brownsville HeraldBrownsville Herald

More than 4,000 people turned out for Brownsville’s first-ever CycloBia in November, and organizers say they expect more to participate in 2013’s first event this weekend.
Brownsville Police Chief Orlando C. Rodriguez said Sunday’s event has something for everyone, whether it’s walking, bike riding or even walking the dog.
CycloBia is a free event that turns the city’s streets into a safe place for people to exercise.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, part of downtown Brownsville’s streets will be car-free, allowing families a place to congregate and run, ride bikes, take exercise classes and just enjoy a nice day outdoors.

Brownsville City Commissioner Rose Gowen said the CycloBias are part of an effort to get people more involved and provide an alternative venue — something other than a gym — for people to exercise.

Sunday’s festivities start with a 1-mile fun run followed by a 5k run. The CycloBia event opens at 10 a.m. and will feature four “reclovias” — stopping points along the 3.5-mile roundtrip route that offers free classes and activities.

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