Rybak, Minneapolis score high on fitness

Men's Fitness magazine has named R.T. Rybak one of the nation's fittest mayors.

Rybak, who shares the title with two others, earned high marks for his exercise habits, which include cross-country skiing, biking and running.

The magazine also landed the mayor for supporting for mountain bike trails in Theodore Wirth Park and a citywide smoking ban.

Rybak is training for the City of Lakes Loppet cross-country ski race set for Feb. 4-5. The race starts at Theodore Wirth Park, winds around the Chain of Lakes and ends in Uptown.

Minneapolis, meanwhile, ranked as the nation's most athletic city and 21st on the top 25 fittest cities list.

The City of Lakes tops the charts for sports activity with avid participation in a range of athletics, including golf, soccer, biking and canoeing. The city also boasts the most year-around swimmers on a per-capita basis.

Minneapolis also has the fewest obese residents among cities surveyed by the magazine.

The city got low marks, however, for having too many fast-food options. And failed when it came to the amount of time residents spend watching television.