Since 1982, the Schlotzsky’s Bun Run has been one of the best (and fastest) 5-K’s in Austin. But the Bun Run is no more. Well sort of no more. The race has been resurrected by the Young Men’s Business League of Austin, given a new name–the Sunshine Run–and with a new title sponsor (Silicon Labs), this long-enduring race is still thriving. The Bun Run name may be gone, but most of the important stuff remains the same.
On Sunday, race organizers expect 3,000 runners who will tackle either the traditional 5-K or for the third year, a 10-K. Regardless of which race you run, both races will start and finish at the traditional spot on Riverside at Auditorium Shores. Starting time is 7 a.m. for the 1,000 runners doing the 10-K and 8:30 a.m. for the 5-K. (The Kids K gets underway at 7:45.)
As is customary, the Sunshine Run is organized by the Young Men’s Business League of Austin and, along with the generous sponsorship of Silcon Labs, means all proceeds from the race go directly to the Sunshine Camps in Zilker Park and another one on Lake Travis which provides a summer camping experience for more than 700 children. The YMBL is the primary operator of the week-long Austin Sunshine Camps that are free to all deserving kids.
The Sunshine Run course is one of the fastest (and most familiar) courses in Austin. Long known as the Dog Pound Loop, the course starts on the corner of Riverside and the South 1st Street Bridge. 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 to Exposition before doubling back.
For the first time in several years, there will be prize money – but only in the 10-K. First place is worth $350, second $100 and $50 to the third man and woman.
Packet pickup and registration begins on Friday at Noodle and Company in Westlake (3300 Bee Caves) from 10-7 and continues on Saturday from 10-6 p.m. There will be race day registration and packet pickup at the Palmer Events Center right near the race start, beginning at 5:30 a.m. and continuing up until 30 minutes before the race.
There’s plenty of good parking at the TexDot lots on East Riverside (free) or paid parking at the Long Center and One Texas Center.
See you there.