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Umlauf Sculpture Garden/Seton Northwest Labryinth


07.07.16 Posted in Uncategorized by

I covered two more unique sites during my run yesterday. Umlauf Sculpture Garden (605 Robert E Lee Road) is not a traditional park or running site, but it’s on the Parks Directory so I ran it! Featuring the work of Charles Umlauf, the sculpture garden is a beautiful site to visit. It’s free through August 31st but there’s typically a $5 charge. It’s closed on Mondays, open 10am-4pm Tuesday-Thursday, and 12pm-4pm on weekends.

28124773536_37ac49e1fd_zThe sculptures are laid out along a gravel trail that measures a total of about 0.4 miles roundtrip. It’s shaded and mostly flat, except for one portion that takes you up a staircase and gives a pretty bird eye view of the grounds, pictured below.

28055120002_4ab490e45d_zA small parking lot is on-site. Yoga classes are also held here. It’s tough to get a lot of running distance here (there’s only so many laps around a small sculpture garden one can run before looking or feeling like a weirdo), but if you’re in the area it’s a lovely place to visit, especially while it’s free. It’s usually quite busy, even in this extreme heat. See more photos of this and other parks here.

The second spot where I got a short portion of my run in yesterday was the Labryinth at Seton Northwest Hospital (11113 Research Boulevard). This is by no means a park or a City facility, but it is open to the public. Walking a labryinth is a spiritual exercise for some people, and can contribute to healing for those at a medical center. This one has great shade and is about 0.2 miles in and out.

It’s an extremely meditative place to walk or run, and possibly a good place to do some sprints if you’re training for a race with lots of turns! There was no one else there when I visited. Ample free parking is available. It’s unpaved, flat, and there’s a hole to look out for where some drainage repairs are happening as you can see in the photo below. Large signs direct you to where on the campus the labryinth is.

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This blog chronicles my journey to run in every park in Austin. As an outdoor enthusiast, admirer of wildlife, and ultramarathoner who’s completed more than 35 distance races around the country, I explore our great green spaces while combining that with my fitness pursuits.
Progress: Run Every Park in Austin
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