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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Meeting Place: Austin American-Statesman (West Lot)
Participation: Free
Parking: Free (Location)
Meeting Time: 8:00 a.m.
Running Time: 8:05 a.m. (leave by)
Sunrise Time: 7:01 a.m.
Route Map: MapMyRun
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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 Cap10K tent and white flags at the north end of the parking lot. Parking is free for those attending Austin 10K’r events. Parking is free for those attending Austin 10K’r events.

 

What You Get

  • A super fun 3 to 5-mile run into Austin’s redeveloped east-side and around the Texas State Cemetery.
  • Free samples of the New Nut Butter Filled peanut butter bar from Clif Bar (post run)
  • Evamor bottled water (pre & post run).
  • Special edition armadillo tattoos.
  • And some good ol’ fashion high fives when you finish.

 

What to Bring

  • Friends & family, co-workers, best buds and girlfriends.
  • Your smart phone to capture the fun and make your followers jealous (#ComalRun).
  • Baby Joggers welcome.
  • Leased pets welcome.

 

Comal Run – Route Description

map_my_route_17The Comal Run is a creative route that travels along a new pedestrian pathway into East Austin. The route connects with the new pathway at Trinity St. & E. 4th St. near the Austin Convention Center. The path will travel eastbound on E. 4th hugging the north side of the convention center before it continues East past the main MetroRail light rail depot. The nice wide pedestrian path continues alongside the light rail tracks under I-35. Take a moment to soak up some inspiration graffiti on the building at E. 4th St. & E. I-35 frontage road. Continue one block north to E. 5th and eastward on 5th about eight blocks to Comal St. Hang a left and travel six blocks north to E. 11th St. The Texas State Cemetery will be on your left. The route will travel around the perimeter of the cemetery west to Navasota then south to E. 9th, east three blocks to San Marcos St. The turn-around point is at San Marcos and E. 9th. Once you have reached this point U-turn, retrace your path back to the Statesman.

The namesake of the run, The Comal River, is the shortest navigable river in the state of Texas. Proclaimed the “longest shortest river in the world” by locals, it runs entirely within the city limits of New Braunfels in southeast Comal County. It is a tributary of the Guadalupe River. The Comal begins at Comal Springs in Landa Park and flows 2.5 miles until its junction with the Guadalupe.

It is our recommendation that participants use sidewalks, pedestrian pathways or hike & bike trails and avoid using the street. Please use caution when crossing streets and only cross at designated cross walks.

 

After the Run

  • Enjoy iced down bottled water and sports drink to re-hydrate.
  • Savor samples of Clif Bar’s NEW Nut Butter Filled bar.
  • Post your Comal Run photos using our official hashtags: #ComalRun, #Austin10Kr or #Cap10K

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Turn by Turn Directions

• From the Statesman West Parking lot travel north on Congress Avenue
• RIGHT at E. Cesar Chavez St. and go east (3) blocks
• LEFT at Trinity St. and go north (3) block
• RIGHT at E. 4TH St. and go east appx. (5) blocks
• CROSS under Interstate Highway 35 to east frontage road
• LEFT at frontage road and go north (1) block
• RIGHT at E. 5th St. and go east (8) blocks
• LEFT at Comal St. and go north (6) blocks
• LEFT at E. 11th St. and go west (2) blocks
• LEFT at Navasota St. and go south (2) block
• RIGHT at E. 9th St. and go (3) blocks to U-turn location
• U-TURN at San Marcos St. and retrace your steps back to Statesman.
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