On March 12, 1978, Jimmy Carter was president, “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees was dancing at No. 1 and the Statesman Capitol 10,000 was warming up for its first race in Austin. On April 23, 2017, the largest 10K in Texas, presented by Baylor Scott & White Health, will be off to the races for the 40th time.
Like its hometown, the Statesman Cap10K has always been an original. For decades, it has drawn a range of participants: from the elite and fitness-focused to families and those who just wanna have fun. In particular, the race is well known for its array of clever costumes. The race is also known for its beloved mascot, Dash the ‘Dillo.
In 1978, Statesman editorial cartoonist Ben Sargent was asked to create a mascot for the inaugural race. According to Sargent, he decided upon the armadillo because it was by far the most popular symbol of Austin and its progressive-country scene. Since then, it’s been the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist’s most reproduced drawing. Once, he and a cartoonist friend were walking in San Diego when a runner approached them wearing — what else — a Cap10K T-shirt!
In addition to competition and fun, the Cap10K has always celebrated and supported community. Over the last four decades, the race has donated millions to local nonprofit organizations. This year’s beneficiary is Austin Parks Foundation.
The Austin Parks Foundation’s mission is to connect people to resources and partnerships to develop and improve parks in and around Austin. The Cap10K is inspired by the APF’s “People Plus Parks” commitment, ensuring that Austin’s 300-plus parks, trails and green spaces better for everyone. The organization will receive $1 from every race registration.
For a second year in a row, Leo Manzano will represent Austin’s iconic race as the 2017 Cap10K Race Ambassador. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Manzano represented the United States and brought home a silver medal in the 1,500 meters.
As it does every year, the race strives to inspire participants in many ways: to achieve a first-time fitness goal, push for a personal best, strengthen bonds or creatively express themselves. After, the race turns into a fun-filled Finish Line Festival for all.
More than 20,000 runners are expected to line up at the base of the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge on April 23. Experience the largest 10K in Texas in person: Register for the 40th Cap10K at CAP10K.com.