By Jeff Simecek, Director, Statesman Cap10K Race
This is it. This is your year when you start and finish a local race and have a beautiful medal to show for it.
For the first time in Cap10K history, participants will receive a commemorative medal when they cross the finish line on April 8, 2018 (see below). Plus, participants can prepay to personalize their medal with their name and finishing time when they register.
Four Decades and Counting
After a very successful 40th race in 2017, the largest 10K in Texas is settling into its fourth decade as a beloved local event. The Cap10K won “Austin’s Favorite Short-Distance Road Race” in Austin Fit Magazine’s annual reader poll and is among “The BibRave 100: A Definitive List of the Best Races in America.” In fact, it was among the top 15 of the top 100 noteworthy races. It’s also the sixth biggest 10K in the country.
Shining Bright: Race Ambassador Leo Manzano
Speaking of medals, Leo Manzano, who represented the United States at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and brought home the silver medal in the 1,500 meters, is returning as the 2018 Cap10K Race ambassador. Manzano invites everyone to come out for the 41st race, share their joy of running or walking and support a race that makes a positive impact in the community.
Giving Back: Austin Parks Foundation
Over the last four decades, the Cap10K has donated millions to local non-profit organizations. For a second year, the Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is the race beneficiary.
APF’s mission is to connect people to resources and partnerships to develop and improve parks in and around Austin. From volunteer workdays and park activation programming to large capital improvement projects, APF has been at the center of promoting park development, maintenance, accessibility and improvements in Austin and Travis County.
In particular, the Cap10K is inspired by APF’s “People Plus Parks” commitment, ensuring that Austin’s 300-plus parks, trails and green spaces are better for everyone. The organization will receive $1 from every race registration.
Make Your Mark in 2018: Experience the 41st
Thousands of women are expected to line up at the base of the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge overlooking Lady Bird Lake on April 8. Experience this annually empowering event in person and enjoy the finishing touch of race medal. Register today for the 41st Cap10K.