March 25, 2012
Various Category Start Times
Since 1978, one of the more popular spring traditions in Austin, Texas has been the Cap 10K. Sponsored by the Austin American-Statesman, the race caters to all athletic levels, from serious runners and wheelchair athletes to mischevious spring revelers who prefer to dress festively and walk the route (there's also a costume contest - see website for details).
All in all, the race now attracts nearly 20,000 participants, and is considered the 5th biggest 10K in the United States.
Note: There are three separate start times for Wheelchairs, Timed Category, and Fun Run.
The 2012 Cap 10K race route begins on Congress Avenue just south of Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake, formerly the Lower Colorado River), heads west after passing the State Capitol, wends through downtown to the other side of MoPac before heading back south toward Lady Bird Lake again.
The route continues along the north shore of the lake before crossing it via the South 1st St. Bridge and ending up near Auditorium Shores.
The race has raised a significant amount of money for various Austin nonprofits over the years including Meals on Wheels, People's Community Clinic, Capital Area Food Bank, Children's Hospital of Austin, Habitat for Humanity, and others.