Mayor Castro's Got Game

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro was recently at Woodlawn Park shooting hoops, tossing footballs and jumping rope, all in the name of health and wellness. The fit and trim Castro is on a mission to transform the Alamo City to Fit City. Mayor Castro recorded video messages from the park, encouraging residents to enjoy city parks, get active, and join the FitCitySA Fitness Challenge. 

His video blogs can be viewed below:

The FitCitySA Fitness Challenge, coordinated by the Mayor’s Fitness Council, is the latest in a series of initiatives designed to steer San Antonians on the road to better health.  

The Challenge aims to engage residents on all fitness levels and create both a community and a slightly competitive atmosphere among participants. To enroll in this free program, login to, create a profile, and track your activity. Physical activity can range from gardening to kickboxing. 

The FitCitySA Fitness Challenge is open to individuals 13 years or older, groups or organizations. The website ( also provides a wealth of resources for residents to locate free and low-cost physical activity opportunities and healthy eating options in their neighborhoods.

Residents are encouraged to register now to be eligible for great prizes and to celebrate the holiday season with better health, energy and spirits.

The YMCA of Greater San Antonio is providing a one year membership at any of the area YMCAs as the grand prize. Additionally, MBS Fitness in Southtown is offering a one-month membership and three 30-minute personal training sessions, OR a one month pass for unlimited classes to MBS Crossfit for the second place male and second place female winners. MBS will also award a 60-minute massage for the third place male and female participants.  H-E-B Alamo Run Fest is offering a pair of entries to the fourth place male and female winners.  Winners can chose from one of their upcoming four events; H-E-B Alamo Half Marathon, H-E-B Alamo 10,000, H-E-B SA-5K or the H-E-Buddy Kids Classic.

Residents are also encouraged to click on the Fit Map SA for a list of health and fitness initiatives throughout San Antonio, including free Fitness in the Park classes, outdoor fitness stations, SíclovíaFitPass SA, community-wide walking groups, the B-Cycle bike share program, a robust network of greenway trails around the city and community gardens.

Facebook and Twitter users can keep up with fitness activities in the city at or #FitCitySA. Residents are also encouraged to upload images of fitness events and progress at