Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Updated 6/4/19

Global Running Day is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 5, 2019. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving.

We invite you to join us on Global Running Day to participate in two unique routes through Austin, Texas. To celebrate this day Statesman Cap10K, Austin Marathon & Half Marathon® & 3M Half Marathon staff have organized two routes that are variable in distance, free, open to the public and begin and end at Austin American-Statesman’s West parking lot. Social run/walk route distances vary between 3 & 6 miles. Maps, bottled water, nutritional bars, high fives and selfies will be shared at this year’s Austin Edition of Global Running Day. We hope you will join us and bring a friend.

Event Schedule

Meeting Place: Austin American-Statesman (West Lot)
Address: 305 South Congress, Austin, TX 78704
Activity: Run, Walk, Skip or Stroll
Participation: Free
Parking: Free
Refreshments: Complimentary
Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m.
Stretch-it-out Warmup: 6:15 p.m.
Running Time: 6:30 p.m. (leave by)
Raffle: 8:00 p.m.

Route Maps

Map 6-mile: MapMyRun


Sunset Time: 8:30 p.m.
Weather Forecast: 82ºF High & 73ºF Low

KVUE Weather

RSVP + Raffle

It’s Free to participate but RSVP with Eventbrite, it’ll help us plan our supplies and it guarantees your entry into the raffle.
We will also send you travel and/or weather advisory info when needed.

Where we Start

start_17The Austin American-Statesman is located at 305 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704. The Statesman’s West parking lot is at the intersection of Barton Springs Rd. and S. Congress Ave., look for the black Austin 10K’r RUN parking signs and white flags at the north end of the parking lot. Parking is free for those attending Austin 10K’r events.

Google Location Map

Parking & Meeting Spot

What to Bring

  • Friends & family, co-workers, best buds and girlfriends.
  • Your smart phone to capture the fun and make your followers jealous (#Austins10Kr, #Cap10K).
  • 21 and over bring photo ID for Beer Garden.
  • Sunscreen, we’re burnin’ calories not skin cells y’all.
  • Spandex welcomed, Camp Gladiator will be leading a short pre-run stretch.
  • Your thirst, ’cause the Oskar Blues beer garden will be serving cold brews.
  • Did you forget your watch, wear test one of our Polar M400 GPS watches (four available).
  • Forgot your water bottle, grab a DASANI bottle to stay hydrated before or after the run.
  • Baby Joggers welcome.
  • Leashed pets welcome.

Photo Contest

Participate in a fun activity at the social run to show how much you really love to exercise. Set a goal to walk or run 3-miles and about the halfway point you’ll reach the steps of the Texas State Capitol.  Snap a selfie while your at the Capitol to let us know you’ve made it. Share your achievement in reaching this landmark and you could win.  Two lucky winners will receive a raffle prizes from Austin Marathon & Cap10K.

Austin’s Global Running Day powered by High Five Events & Statesman Events
Winner to receive:

  • 1st Place, two (2) guests access passes to Cap10K VIP tent at 2020 Finish Line Festival
  • 2nd Place, one (1) guest access pass to Austin Marathon VIP tent at 2020 Finish Line Festival

How to Enter Contest:

  • Participation is Free.
  • Snap a photo of your experience and include any of the four landmarks.
  • Email the Global Running Day photo to
  • One (1) photo per entry.

Photo submissions received at will be organized in a photo album on the Statesman Cap10K Facebook page. Photos assigned a raffle number in the order that they were received.  Two (2) raffle numbers will be drawn at random by event staff to determine the winners. Photo submission period starts at 6:30 p.m. on 6/5/19 and ends at 11:59 p.m. on 6/9/19.  Winners announced and contacted by email on 6/10/19.

Event Partners

Route Description

map_my_route_17Austin’s Global Running Day route is an easy jog up Congress Avenue with a bonus loop around the Capitol Building thrown in just for fun! From the Statesman parking lot, take the driveway out to Congress Avenue and use the sidewalks on both sides of the street. Travel north across Lady Bird Lake into downtown Austin. As you continue up Congress you’ll pass the historic Paramount & State Theatres. When you arrive at 11th Street enter the majestic Capitol grounds and follow the east driveway up to and around the building. On the north side of the Capitol stop and take a peak in the open-air rotunda which is the same size as the rotunda in the Main Capitol Building. It’s 60 feet in diameter and features a star and the word “Texas” around it. It is similar to the star on the ceiling of the dome of the Texas State Capitol. To complete the three mile course use the Capitol’s west driveway to circle the building and see additional Texas historic statues and monuments before you head south back towards the lake and the Statesman.  If you want to add a few more miles exit the Capitol grounds at 15th Street and head west two blocks to Lavaca St.  Turn right onto Lavaca and head straight north towards the UT campus.  With a few quick turns the route will put you in view of the Littlefield Fountain and the UT Tower.  A few more turns and you’ll be on the pedestrian friendly Speedway.  Stay on Speedway until you reach 30th Street which is three miles out point, U-turn here for six miles round trip. Basic out and back course, where you can choose to U-turn and retrace your steps back to the Statesman at any point (paper maps provided).

It is our recommendation that participants use sidewalks, pedestrian pathways or hike & bike trails and avoid using the street. There are NO STREET CLOSURES for this route. Participants should obey traffic and pedestrian laws at all times. Please use caution when crossing streets and only cross at designated crosswalks.

After the Run

  • Enjoy iced down Topo Chico bottled water.
  • Rehydrate with Nuun electrolyte enhanced water.
  • Chill down with Ruta Maya Coffee cold brew, brewed fresh served on ice.
  • Kids, choose from four flavors of Honest Kids* juice boxes.
  • Sample some free Clif Bars*.
  • See Baylor Scott & White Health staff for a free Fusionetic Screening.
  • Post your Global Running Day photos using our official hashtag: #GlobalRunningDay.
  • Get down to some tunes from Austin newest radio station Austin360 Radio.
  • Savor some hot fresh Jet’s Pizza*.
  • Pop the top on Oskar Blues‘ Dale’s Pale Ale* or Mama’s Little Yellow Pils* (for guests age 21 and over).
  • Enjoy a Texas sized Whataburger cinnamon roll.
  • Visit the Camp Gladiator booth for one free week with each camp registration.
  • Much more announced soon…

(*while supplies last, not guaranteed, limited quantity)

Where We’re Going

Raffle Prizes

Nothing like a good ol’ fashion raffle to liven up the crowd and we’ve got some great prizes to get y’all excited. Thanks to our Austin’s Global Running Day partners we have a large selection of prizes but you must be registered in Eventbrite to be eligible. Eventbrite registration (RSVP) is free, no purchase necessary. Registration RSVP ends at 6:00 p.m. on 6/5/19. Winners announced at 8:00 p.m. on 6/5/19. Winners will be drawn at random from list of eligible Eventbrite registrations. Must be present to win. Duplicate entries will be omitted and only one prize per entry.

  • Limited Edition Cap10K Armadillo socks (twelve pair awarded)
  • CLIF Bar summer survival bag, water bottle, sunglasses, hat & CLIF Bars (one awarded)
  • Trail Roost one-month group training membership and customer coaching plan (one awarded)
  • Wildway grain-free granola, snacks and swag package (one awarded)
  • Zilker Relays 2019 race entry (two awarded)
  • adidas running shoes (one pair awarded)
  • Austin Runners Club Decker Challenge 2019 race entry (one awarded)
  • Hyper Sportswear FreeFlow tank & LadyBird short matching womens set (one awarded)
  • Hyper Sportswear The Standard tee & Bouldin short matching mens set (one awarded)
  • Texas Running Company by JackRabbit $25 gift certificate (two awarded)
  • Rogue Running by JackRabbit $25 gift certificate (two awarded)
  • Camp Gladiator 4-week camp (three awarded)
  • Jar of Canna Bees 500mg (one awarded)
  • Dynamic Sports Medicine Swag package including (1) $25 Sports Massage gift card & (1) $50 Sports Chiropractic gift card
    (four awarded)
  • Fleet Feet, Round Rock $25 gift certificate (four awarded)
  • Under Armour running shoes donated by RAW Running (one pair awarded)
  • Under Armour running tech training shirts donated by RAW Running (four awarded)
  • NUUN Sport electrolyte tablets (eight awarded)
  • Austin Trail Running Company $25 gift certificate (two awarded)
  • CASA Superhero Run 2019 race entry (two awarded)
  • Bigfoot Trail Race 2019 race entry (two awarded)
  • RunLab 45-minute massage gift certificate and RunLab hat (one awarded)
  • Greater Texas Credit Union ball caps (two awarded)
  • Polar Vantage M multisport watch (four awarded)
  • Ready to Run $25 gift certificate (two awarded)
  • USA Fit Austin training program club membership (one awarded)
  • Run for the Water 2019 race entry (one awarded)
  • Austin Runners Club annual club membership (two awarded)
  • Statesman Cap10K 2020 race entry (two awarded)
  • 3M Half-marathon 2020 race entry (one awarded)
  • Ascension Seton Austin Marathon or Half-marathon 2020 race entry (one awarded)
  • GRAND Prize – 2020 Austin Marathon, 3M Half-marathon & Statesman Cap10K race entries bundle (one awarded)

A Little More About the Events

Events are run and walk friendly, variable in distance, free, open to the public and begin and end at Austin American-Statesman. Parking for social runs at the Statesman is Free. On occasion Austin 10K’rs will partner with other organizations for our social run, check each event for detailed instructions. Baby joggers and leashed pets are always welcomed. Event route distances vary between 3-6 miles however, you always have the option to u-turn at any point to match your fitness ability. Event route surfaces will vary from sidewalks and crushed granite to paved pathways and boardwalk. This is a self-guided and self-paced activity. There are no street closures or directional signage marking the route. Each event will incorporate a creative theme that highlights the culture of Austin and the Cap10K. Before each event we will have a short 2-3 minute meet ‘n’ greet with the race staff. Before we start we will review the event route, identify any notable sights to see and answers any questions. Maps, bottled water, fresh fruit, nutritional bars, high fives and selfies will be shared at each event.


Participation in Austin’s Global Running Day event is potentially hazardous to the health of individuals who are not in good physical condition and health, and they should not participate unless medically able and properly trained. All participants must abide by the rules and decisions of any event organized, and assume all risks associated with the event and any associated event or activities, including but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, and effects of the weather, traffic, road conditions, and all such risks being known and appreciated.

Having read this disclaimer and knowing these facts, and in consideration of acceptance of my participation into Austin’s Global Running Day event, participants waive and release the Austin American-Statesman, and any other individuals, firms and organizations associated with the activity, their representatives, and successors, from all claims of liabilities or any kind resulting in whole or in part from participation in Austin’s Global Running Day event or the acts or omissions by and organization, firm or individual that take place in connection with Austin’s Global Running Day event. By participating in Austin’s Global Running Day event, you acknowledge and agree to the terms of this Disclaimer and Release of Liability.

Now that that’s done let’s go run!


The social runs have begun to take off in popularity and we could use an extra set of hands on occasion to prepare the activities for each meeting. Light set-up and clean-up opportunities available for those who want to sandwich their run with volunteering before and after the meet-up. Also, looking for those local yokels who’ve been their-done that, to share their experience for running and walking in Austin. Good directions and insight on local routes always welcomed by novice guests. If you’d like to share your time please email us for more info.

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