Spring has always meant 5-K racing season in Austin and even though that season is drawing to a close, there are still several races left such as the Ants in Your Pants in Pflugerville and the Daisy 5-K at Camp Mabry next weekend. But this Sunday is more jam packed than usual with options in just about every city from San Antonio to Dallas and Fredericksburg to Bryan/College Station. In total we have 29 event listings on our Race Calendar for May 2nd and 3rd including the Rookie Tri – kickoff event for the Texas Tri Series.

At the top of the class is the 2nd Annual Silicon Labs Sunshine Run in downtown Austin. This race is the successor to the much loved spring classic: The Bun Run. But that race has moved on and the Sunshine Run has taken its place on the same exact course, similar race date and same beneficiary – the Austin Sunshine Camps.

Unlike the Bun Run which was mainly a 5-K, the Sunshine Run has a 5-K and a 10-K. (The final year of the Bun Run a 10-K was added.) About 1500 runners are expected on Sunday and the field is evenly divided between the two distances. There is prize money ($350-$100-$50 for the first three guys and gals, but the cash awards are only for the 10-K.

Both races begin on Sunday morning at 7:30 at the familiar starting point along Auditorium Shores, near the corner of Riverside and S. 1st Street. The Kids K will begin at 9 a.m.

The Sunshine Run course is one of the fastest in Austin. Long known as the Dog Pound Loop, the course starts on Riverside and the South 1st Street Bridge, opposite the Long Center. Runners will head north for a couple of hundred meters over the bridge before heading west and taking the plunge on Cesar Chavez toward Austin HS. At Stephen F. Austin, just outside Austin High, the course will swing back on Cesar Chavez along Lady Bird Lake (and the always tricky three-tiered hill) before crossing over the South 1st Street Bridge and finishing up on Riverside.

The 10-K follows the same course as the 5-K, but instead of looping around the Dog Pound, the runners will simply continue past Austin HS and then head west on Lake Austin Boulevard before doubling back.

Packet pick up is at Noodle & Company (3300 Bee Caves Road) on Friday (10-7) and Saturday (10-5). There will be race day packet pick up and registration, beginning at 6 at the race site.

There will be free bike valet parking and bag check at the race. There is plenty of parking available near the race site at various locations, some free and some with parking rates.

Following the race, there will be a headline act: Austin’s Nightowls. One of the top soul bands in town, the Nightowls will be performing at a stage near the race finish, beginning about 8 a.m.