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Attention, Austin area Marathon Kids! Did you know you could be building up your miles, earning stamps on your mileage log for run club credit, and even winning cool prizes, just by attending fun weekend social runs? We’re talking about Austin 10K’r events—free social runs hosted by the staff of the Capitol 10,000, held Saturday mornings for the next couple of months leading up to the big race.

The Statesman Capitol 10,000—or as most Austinites dub it, the Cap10K—is the largest 10K race in the state of Texas. Designed to complement Cap10K runners’ race training, the Austin 10K’r runs are free and open to the public. That means you don’t have to be in training for the Cap10K, or any 10K race, to attend an Austin 10K’r event. In fact, you don’t even have to run; all Austin 10K’r events are both run- and walk-friendly.

All you have to do to get the most out of these free events is RSVP beforehand on Eventbrite (so the event hosts can plan their supplies), and then show up, go at your own pace and enjoy the pride of doing something fun that’s also great for your health.

Special Routes and Stamps for Marathon Kids

Runners who are active with Marathon Kids at their school can collect a Cap10K Armadillo participation stamp on their mileage logs for each Austin 10K’r run they participate in, to bring back to their run club coaches for mileage credit. Each Austin 10K’r event will also have a Marathon Kids family one-mile route and map for those who don’t want to cover the full mileage.

A representative from Marathon Kids will be present at each Austin 10K’r event to give high-fives and hand out ’Dillo Stamps. The more events you attend and stamps you collect, the more prizes you can win, including a Marathon Kids training tee shirt, a Marathon Kids drawstring bag, or even a $25 Nike gift card. Wow! (Please note that prizes are not guaranteed; they will be available in limited quantities and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis at the final run at the end of March.)

What’s the Next Austin 10K’r Route and Theme?

The next Austin 10K’r will be the Moonlight Tower Run on Saturday, February 1. Runners will meet at the Austin American-Statesman’s main warehouse, on South Congress Avenue just south of the river, for a pre-run stretch at 7:50 a.m. The group will leave at 8:10 a.m. on a route that passes three of the city’s remaining moonlight towers, which have been a special and beloved part of the local skyline since the 1890s.

Complimentary refreshments will be available before and after the run, including Clif Bars, hot chocolate and Dasani bottled water; participants can also stick around for some post-run group stretches. Be sure to check the Feb. 1 event page for special travel and parking instructions.

Most, but not all, of the Austin 10K’r runs will begin and end at the Statesman offices, and parking for the runs is always free. The runs vary in distance each weekend from three to six miles, and all are self-guided as well as self-paced. Run themes and locations vary from week to week; the Valentine’s-themed run on Saturday, February 8, for example, will meet up at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Pflugerville and snake through the Falcon Pointe neighborhood. Check out the full schedule on the Austin 10K’r site, and always be sure to RSVP in advance as well as check the individual event pages for any special instructions regarding road closures or weather advisory information.

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In preparation for The Statesman Capitol 10,000—the largest 10K in Texas—Austinites are invited to join a series of free Austin 10K’r social fun runs. Make plans to attend one, or all nine, but we think the Austin 10K’r on February 2, in particular, is not to be missed. That’s when Olympic Champion Sanya Richards-Ross will be in attendance to kick things off, take photos with fans, and sign autographs.

Sanya Richards-Ross

Sanya Richards-Ross began running competitively when she was seven years old. Since then, she has become the world’s most accomplished 400-meter runner and one of only two American women to ever win Olympic gold in the individual 400-meter race. This year, Richards-Ross joined the Marathon Kids Board of Directors and was named the Cap10K Race Ambassador for 2019.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

For your chance to meet Sanya Richards-Ross, attend the free 10K’r on February 2, 2019. Meet in the West Lot of the Austin American-Statesman (305 South Congress) at 8 a.m. for free refreshments, a welcome from Richards-Ross and a one-, three-, or six-mile run, walk, skip, or stroll. This free event will be fun for the whole family!

Family Fun at 10K’r Events

Each Austin 10K’r social event will have its own Marathon Kids family one-mile route and map. Marathon Kids can earn a special edition armadillo half-mile or one-mile achievement stamp in their training log for participating. As an added bonus, Marathon Kids staff will award prizes to kids for their accomplishments.  So, start your training and collect those stamps!

Earn Marathon Kids Prizes

Participating Marathon Kids are invited to start collecting stamps at the free Austin 10K’r events, to earn these special prizes:

  • (1) 1-mile ‘Dillo Stamp = (1) Marathon Kids sticker
  • (3) 1-mile ‘Dillo Stamps = (1) Marathon Kids training t-shirt
  • (5) 1-mile ‘Dillo Stamps = (1) Marathon Kids drawstring bag
  • (10) 1-mile ‘Dillo Stamps = (1) Marathon Kids backpack

Prizes can be claimed when attending the final Austin 10K’r social run on Saturday, March 30, 2019, from 8-10 a.m. Marathon Kids staff will be onsite at the Austin American-Statesman to review training logs and distribute prizes. (Prizes are not guaranteed; quantities are limited and will be awarded on first-come, first-serve basis.)

Austin 10K’r Schedule

Austin 10K’r events will take place from January through March, leading up to the Cap10K in April. You can find the complete schedule of free events on the Cap10K website. We hope to see you there!