Saturday, January 6, 2018

Meeting Place: Austin American-Statesman
Activity: Run, Walk, Skip or Stroll
Participation: Free
Parking: Free
Meeting Time: 8:00 a.m.
Running Time: 8:05 a.m. (leave by)
Sunrise Time: 7:28 a.m.
Weather Forecast: 62ºF High & 51ºF Low
Route Map: MapMyRun 3 mi.

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 white flags at the north end of the parking lot. Parking is free for those attending Austin 10K’r events.

Parking & Meeting Spot Map

What You Get

  • A super fun 3-mile run to an iconic Austin statue of Willie Nelson at the ACL Moody Theater.
  • Red headband bandanas (while supplies last).
  • Free Clif Bar samples (post run).
  • DASANI bottled water (pre & post run).
  • Complimentary Hot Chocolate (marshmallows optional).
  • Special limited edition 2018 armadillo bumper stickers.
  • 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 (#HotChocolateRun).
  • Baby Joggers welcome.
  • Leashed pets welcome.


Hot Chocolate Run – Route Description

map_my_route_17This month’s Hot Chocolate Run is a creative loop that intersects the park, crosses the river and strolls through the entertainment district of downtown to a statue of one of Austin’s most iconic singer-songwriters–Willie Nelson. Starting from the Statesman parking lot the run will kick off passing a familiar statue “Night Wings” on the way down Barton Springs Road. After passing through the dense canopy of pecan trees outside Palmer Events Center the route takes a turn at the Dougherty Arts Center and travels north through Butler Park. Take a moment to view the Austin skyline when you cross the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge over Lady Bird Lake to Sand Beach Park and the newly renovated Seaholm Power Plant. The run winds up to West 5th Street near Whole Foods Market’s world headquarters before crossing East over to the newly renovated Republic Square Park. From the park travel south to Cesar Chavez Street for a quick loop around Austin City Hall before jumping up to West Willie Nelson Blvd. (W. 2nd St.) and the Moody Theater. Take an opportunity to get your photo next to the legendary Willie Nelson statue outside the theater. Finally scoot over to Congress and back across the river to finish the 3-mile tour in the Statesman parking lot where the run started. This is a loop course however, you can choose to U-turn and retrace your steps back to the Statesman at any point (paper maps provided at event).

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 cross walks.

Print Route with Directions

After the Run

  • Enjoy hot chocolate and iced down DASANI bottled water.
  • Savor samples of free Clif Bars
  • Post your Hot Chocolate Run photos using our official hashtags: #HotChocolateRun, #Austin10Kr or #Cap10K


Where We’re Going


Contact Organizer