On April 5th, thousands of runners from all over the country will come together for something uniquely Austin, the 43rd annual Statesman Cap10K. The historic Congress Avenue Bridge serves as the starting area for the biggest 10K event in Texas. Over 23,000 participants are set to run, walk and jog the downtown course.
Cap10K: The Largest 10K in Texas
As the race beneficiary for 2020, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) is a suitable organization, seeing as Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World. Beginning in 2005, HAAM has provided over 5,000 musicians access to affordable healthcare, including everything from routine doctor visits and dental work, to psychiatric counseling and out-patient procedures. HAAM has been an incredible resource to up and coming musicians in Austin; many of whom struggle to get by in Austin’s increasingly expensive economy.
After a start on Congress Avenue Bridge, runners will race towards the State Capital, then proceed to loop all the way around to Lake Austin Blvd, before crossing the bridge back to the finish line festival at Auditorium Shores. Along the route, the race has stationed seven live musical performances featuring acts from The Tiarra Girls to the Connally High School Jazz Band, as well as finish line performances by Micah Shalome & The Babylonians and DJ Neema V.
Jeff Simecek, the race director, is thrilled to be presenting the Cap10K for his fourth year; “I am extremely excited to see this race kickoff on April 5. The unusual weather-related cancellation in 2019 has made the anticipation really build for me and my team.” Simecek has striven to ensure the Cap10K truly represents Austin. “As Austin continues to grow, my team and I are committed to two things: making it enjoyable and keeping it local. We want our participants — from elite runners to amateur runners and walkers — to really enjoy the Cap10K experience, which focuses on both fitness and fun. Austin is unique, so we want to keep the race unique and not like any other 10K in the city or state.”