All good things must come to an end and this Saturday (May 3) will mark the end of one of the iconic races in Austin. On Saturday morning, Chuy’s will host its final Hot to Trot 5-K.
Sadly, it’s true that after 31 straight years and several venues, this great race will be no more as Chuy’s has decided to focus its fund-raising efforts in other ways.
Which is a shame as the current Hot to Trot course is one of the best in town. Located in the land of the Big Box Boonies of South Austin which just so happens to be the home of the popular, incredibly busy Chuy’s Arbor Trails, located on the west side of the MoPac frontage road, just south of William Cannon.
This will be the seventh straight (and final) year that Chuy’s has used the South Austin course and it has proven to be one of the fastest (if not the fastest) 5-K course in Austin. What the course lacks in beauty, it makes up for in speed.
The course begins on Brush Country which parallels the Arbor Trails Shopping Center where Costco, Whole Foods and the Chuy’s is located. After a very short stretch on Brush Country, the course heads due west on Convict Hill for about ¾ of a mile. There’s a short, gradual climb on Convict Hill (the only hill on the course) until Abilene Trail where the course goes north on a winding path through some neighborhoods until it reaches William Cannon. At William Cannon, the course then heads east back toward MoPac on a gentle decline. At a light just past Brush Country, the course goes through the Arbors Trails parking lot for a short spurt to the finish right outside Chuy’s.
If you want a flat course to test your speed and go for a PR, the Chuy’s course is the flattest 5-K in Austin with only a gradual rise on Convict Hill in the first mile and a slight downhill down on William Cannon and in the final mile on the run-in to the finish.
Not only is it an extremely fast course, the ease of parking in the huge lot (with easy access) and, of course, pre and post-race festivities – a Chuy’s standard – make this a great race. It is also the last major 5-K of the spring racing season.
Long time race director Brooke Cox expects about 2,000 runners for the race which will begin at 8:15 a.m. The Kids K gets underway at 7:45 a.m.
There’s plenty of parking in the Arbor Trails Shopping Center to handle all the traffic that will be headed south. But the traffic at the William Cannon exit (and light) always creates some congestion. So get there early.
The beneficiary of Chuy’s is–as always–the Special Olympics of Texas.
Packet pick up and pre-registration begins Thursday at Chuy’s and continues through Friday (noon-8 p.m.) at the Chuy’s race site (4301 W. William Cannon). You can also register and/or pick up your race materials on the morning of the race, beginning at 6:30 a.m.
Elvis will be in the house.