Austin is consistently ranked as one of America’s best cities to visit according to national publications such as US News and World Report, Money, and Forbes Magazine. Nearly 20 million visitors come to Austin annually to sample some of its famous live music and tasty TexMex and BBQ.
Austin’s universal appeal extends well beyond great music and good food. Known as one of the fittest cities in the U.S., Austin offers an oasis of outdoor sites and activities. Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake) which most locals call “Lake Austin” is a reservoir of the Colorado River that runs along downtown Austin. It was created in 1960 by the construction of Longhorn Dam and is owned and operated by the City of Austin and the Lower Colorado River Authority.
You’ll also notice the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, a 10 mile off road trail and Austin’s “crown jewel” that follows along Lady Bird Lake. With 300 days of sunshine and an average temperature of 68 degrees annually, you’ll see Austinites running, cycling, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on the lake daily.
In just over seven weeks, competition-level sponsors Freescale and dSPACE, Inc. will kick off the workshop with a welcome night event at Abel’s on the Lake, located on Lady Bird Lake, just a couple of miles from downtown Austin.
Known as a local favorite, Abel’s on the Lake provides a great view of Lady Bird Lake and the Longhorn dam. Expect to reconnect with EcoCAR sponsors, organizers and fellow teammates to kick off the five-day workshop with great food and good times.
Registration will soon be open, but in the meantime, get ready to relax and enjoy the spectacular views of Lady Bird Lake at the Winter Workshop Welcome Night on January 23, 2013!