Well, it took us 40 years but Sandy and I finally joined 20,000+ of our closest friends at the 40th Anniversary Statesman Cap 10k!
According to cap10k.com “The Statesman Capitol 10,000 is the largest 10K race in Texas and one of the top 10 in the nation”. After experiencing this party first hand, it’s not hard to see why. Everything about this race was top-notch. From the signup process to the party at the finish line.
The pre-race expo was awesome, very well themed and we both came home with overstuffed bags of free swag! We picked up our race packets at the expo, and the process was quick and easy.
As for the race itself, the course was beautiful and sufficiently challenging for the seasoned runner, but not too difficult for those of us in the back half of the pack.
Of course it wouldn’t be Austin without a generous helping of weirdness. We saw several excellent costumes, and themed groups of runners (and heard of many more that we missed).
The party at the finish line also had plenty of Austin personality, with live music, adult beverages and food trailers (although the lines for the latter two were pretty long by the time us slower folks crossed the finish line). There were also free sports massages which we both took advantage of.
If I were to nit-pick a couple of negatives, I would have to say that the on course photography was a bit of a fail. We’ve done other races where MarathonFoto did the photography, and usually get quite a few nice photos. The only photos we got at the Cap 10k were at the finish line, and since the finish line was “funneled” down to a very narrow area, Sandy was right behind another runner and all you can see of her is the top of her head (not even sure how they identified her). Mine is better, but still not worth purchasing. Speaking of the finish line “funnel” (for lack of a better description). This is the first time that Sandy and I have experienced such a narrowing of the course at the finish line. It felt reminiscent of an amusement park queue line with rails on both sides that narrowed into a one or two person wide finish “gate”. Not quite sure the reasoning behind this, but I hope they think better of it next year.
All in all, this was a great event and we will definitely keep this race on our annual list. FYI, next year’s event is on April 8, 2018. See you there!
On a related note: The staff at the Cap 10k has put together a social running group called “Austin 10K’r“. This is a great group of folks, and they offer many fun, free, open to the public social runs/walks on great courses in Austin. Some of the runs are targeted to training for particular Austin events (like the Cap 10k) others are totally social… but ALL are fun! Sandy and I did a run with this group on Global Running Day, and it was great fun (and came with free post-run pizza!). So you should definitely check out what these awesome folks have going on. Visit their website for more info and a schedule of their upcoming runs.