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Just two weeks ago, I capped off my 2017/2018 training season for the summer with the Statesman Cap 10K here in Austin. It’s the largest 10K in the great state of Texas, at 23,000+ attendees, and it takes place in April of each year.
Personally, it’s my favorite way to stay motivated through the end of spring, since the best running months in these parts are roughly September through April. The crazy Texas weather has been different each year I’ve run it, which is part of the adventure, in a way. This year, it was quite chilly (between 40 and 50 degrees is RARE for this area, especially after February), but still amazing!
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Per usual, signing up was easy, and I really appreciated that the Cap 10K provided a $5 off discount code for friends to use.
I was also impressed by the expo this year. In years past, it’s been smaller, though still significant when you consider it’s just a 10K. However, the quality of vendors at the expo was even better than in previous years. They had a lot of natural product companies with samples, a fairly expansive Cap 10K store, races later in the year providing discounts and running stores offering great deals (Garmin products were $50 off at one booth). It’s a fun opportunity for someone who’s dipping their toe into races to see all a race weekend has to offer.
Packet pickup itself was line-free and simple. Swag this year was a women’s or men’s tech shirt in a pretty blue color, sweat towels from one of the sponsors and finisher’s medals. Obviously, you don’t receive the last one until you cross the finish line.
Parking is tough every year. Last year, we lucked out and found some of the free parking in the TxDot lots, but we had to get there quite early. This year, when we pulled up at 7:30, parking was nearly gone. They ended up opening the stroller parking to the public (which also felt kinda weird) and we got a free spot. Moral of the story: take public transportation or get there about an hour early if you are wanting free, close parking 2 blocks from the start. And if you get there less than 45 minutes early, prepare for lots of traffic to find paid parking spots.
Race start time is 8 a.m., so it’s not a super early morning (yay!). Finding corrals is also easy, and there’s a staggered start. Corral B started on time at about 8:10, which they controlled effectively.
The Race Itself
If you’re looking for an awesome crowd and awesome music at at least every mile, this is the race for you. If you’re looking for a bit of a challenge with a whole lot of scenery, this race is also for you. The course is lively, and goes through some of Austin’s most scenic areas, like the Capitol and Lady Bird Lake, with some tough hills! I’ve said it before – look back at the SEA of people at some point – it is an incredible sight.
Great aid stations are just under 1.5 miles from each other, and they had Nuun on the course this year.
I clocked in this year at 1:02:27, which was pretty awesome! It wasn’t quite a PR, but I was still proud. I’ve improved my time by more than four minutes over the years.
The Cap 10K finish line festival was another Texas-sized party in 2018. Food trucks were lined up with delicious post-race meals and coffee. Auditorium Shores had a lovely view of the skyline and more live music to enjoy. We sampled a few things, but it was quite chilly out, so we headed back home sooner than usual.
I’ll be back again and again and hope you’ll join me next year. You can sign up right now for just $35!
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Cheers to keeping at it through the best and worst of the weather!