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Radisson Hotel and RunTex 5K Bat Run in Austin, Texas

Bat ConservationIf you’re in Austin, Texas this Friday the 13th, you’re in for a treat. RunTex and the Radisson Hotel & Suites will host the second annual Bat Run 5K benefiting Bat Conservation International. Wow. It’s not every day you get to participate in…or even see a Bat Run. As I wrote about some time ago, Austin is home to approximately 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats who reside under the Congress Avenue Bridge. The bats emerge each evening in the spring and summer, except the night I was there.

“We are proud to support bat conservation, and are honored to host the event,” says Radisson General Manager Tom Schurr. “The hotel is located right in front of the Congress Avenue Bridge and our guests have a perfect view of the nightly bat flight. It’s a ‘must see’ for many of our guests, and it’s a part of Austin they take home with them.”

Everyone from walkers to runners to spectators to join in from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., this Friday, July 13. After dodging the guano, you can enjoy the great food and live music and support bat conservation. Runners and walkers will line up at the corner of Brazos and Cesar Chavez at 7:00 p.m.

Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, the spicy female musical ensemble, will play at the post-race party at the Radisson Hotel. Wow, a Bat Run AND a band called Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes? I hope I can make my way to Austin for this one!

Visit for event details and registration. Or stop by any Run Tex to register. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.