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By Dave Rogers
For the Record 

3rd Coast 10K Relay 'builds city'


Last updated 6/21/2022 at 8:09pm

The 3rd Coast Movement owners and staff will host a 10K Team Relay Saturday at 9 a.m. at their fitness center at 300 E. Roundbunch Road. From left, Andreas De La Puente, Carrie Pugh Auster, Chris Auster, Maggie James.

The folks at 3rd Coast Movement are stepping out in a big way for Bridge City.

The personal fitness training center is holding a Team 10K Relay fundraiser Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. at its location at 300 E. Roundbunch Road.

From two to 10 runners can be on a team, with an entry fee of $20 each due the day of the event.

Proceeds are going to a Public Outdoor Recreation Project for Bridge City.

“We do an annual 10K run just to give back to the community,” says Maggie James, a fitness coach at 3rd Coast.

“Last year, we did one to help a veteran fix his house from Hurricane Laura. We wanted to do something bigger that can be enjoyed by the whole community this year.”

Chris Auster and his wife, Carrie Pugh Auster, own the business which has operated since 2011. James and Andreas De La Puente are fitness coaches.

“We set out to create a way of fitness that fits into people’s lives, honors them as individuals, and puts them around people who love to have a laugh while getting fit,” the owners said.

“Eleven years later, we offer the most health- and wellness-focused small group sessions, personal training and nutrition consulting in Southeast Texas.

“We know that fitness is hard work and have an expert guide you is key. It is our life’s work and passion to be that guide for you.”

Chris Auster has more than 10 years’ experience in one-on-one and small group training and is a CrossFit Level 3 instructor. He also has certifications in nutrition, mobility and weightlifting.

Carrie Pugh Auster is a CrossFit Level 2 instructor and Nutrition Level 2 coach also certified to teach CrossFit Kids and CrossFit Gymnastics.

James and De La Puente are both CrossFit Level 2 instructors and James is credentialed for CrossFit Kids and CrossFit Gymnastics.

“We call our project ‘Build Your City’ and every fundraiser we have will go toward that until we get the money we need,” Chris Auster said.

Auster makes the 10K relay event, a distance equivalent of 6.2 miles, sounds easy.

“If anybody has ever walked, jogged or run a 5K, you can do this,” he said.

“Some people have leg problems, so they can row, bike or ski ERG instead.”


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