Saturday, March 10, 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: 6:46 a.m.
Weather Forecast: 86ºF High & 61ºF Low
Route Map: MapMyRun 4 mi. | 6 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 4 to 6-mile run through downtown Austin to visit four historic Moonlight Towers.
  • Enjoy a nostalgic mini Moon Pie when you return from the run.
  • Re-hydrate with Nuun, Cap10K’s official on-course hydration drink.
  • Sign up in advance for free Fusionetic Screening, from Baylor Scott & White Health.
  • Free Clif Bar samples (post run).
  • DASANI bottled water (pre & post run).
  • Special edition armadillo tattoos.
  • And some good ol’ fashion high fives when you finish.

Fusionetics Screening Sign-up

This Week’s Partners


What to Bring

  • Friends & family, co-workers, best buds and girlfriends.
  • Your smart phone to capture the fun and make your followers jealous (#MoonlightTowerRun).
  • Wear a race shirt from one of your favorite runs and it could land you a prize (see t-shirt contest details below).
  • Did you forget your watch, wear test one of our Polar M400 GPS watches (three available).
  • Baby Joggers welcome.
  • Leashed pets welcome.




Austin’s Official Race Shirt Month – T-shirt Contest

Spring has sprung and we want you to help us dedicate March as Austin’s official Race Shirt Month. So, go into your closet and dig out one of your favorite race shirts that is truly an Austin original and join us at the Austin 10K’rs social run on Saturday, March 10, 2018. Austin has a long history of road races spanning decades and each one has left its unique mark on why this is one of the best cities in the nation to run. Old or new, wear the shirt from a race you’ve participated in and show off your Austin original for a chance to win prizes. Here are a few shirts from my collection.

Rules for Participation
Participants eligible for prizes in the following categories must adhere the following rules: participant must wear the shirt; the shirt must be from a running or walking event; and the shirt must include an event date. Winners will be selected from the eligible categories according to the race date.
Winners announced before run starts. Participants are only eligible to collect prize from one winning category. One prize awarded in each category. Participant must be present to win. Prizes will be awarded at the event on 3/10/18. Event organizer has final decision in naming winners.

  • Oldest Austin race shirt
  • Oldest Cap10K race shirt
  • Oldest Thundercloud Turkey Trot race shirt
  • Oldest Chuy’s Hot to Trot race shirt
  • Oldest ARC Decker Challenge or Daisy 5K race shirt
  • Oldest race shirt from Texas
  • Oldest race shirt from across the 50 United States
  • Oldest race shirt from any country (excluding USA)


Moonlight Tower 12 Run – Route Description

map_my_route_17The Moonlight Tower 12 Run is a creative 4 to 6-mile route that travels into downtown Austin to seek out three of only 17 remaining light towers. The Moonlight Towers were popularized in the 1993 movie ‘Dazed and Confused‘ starring Matthew McConaughey however, they’ve been a part of the Austin skyline since 1894. After the run, you’ll be an expert in spotting these Texas historical landmarks. Starting from the Statesman’s West parking lot we will head into the city across Congress Ave. Bridge which stretches over Lady Bird Lake. The route will take a turn a Cesar Chavez and travel westward over to City Hall and Guadalupe St. Follow Guadalupe through the Second St. District northward to the Faulk Central Library where the #21 Moonlight Tower stands at the corner of W. 9th St. Continue north to 12th street and hang a left. Continue westward for a few blocks before the next #13 Moonlight Tower will appear on the corner of 12th & Rio Grande in front of the Austin Community College Rio Grande campus. Continue westward on 12th across N. Lamar and up the hill into Clarksville Neighborhood. At the top of the hill you will find the #12 Moonlight Tower on the corner of Blanco & W. 12th. To complete the 6-mile out and back route continue on W. 12th to West Lynn. Turn right at West Lynn and travel about three blocks north to Enfield Rd. Use caution crossing Enfield and continue up to Niles Rd.; left on Niles and over three blocks to Hartford Rd. where you will U-turn and retrace your steps back the Statesman.

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 Map with Directions

Celebrate the 120th anniversary of Austin’s moonlight towers
Illuminating Austin in a moonlight glow–Hannah Thornby
Five things you should know about the Zilker moonlight tower
By Staff – American-Statesman staff

Map of Austin Moonlight Tower Locations

After the Run

  • Enjoy iced down DASANI bottled water.
  • Rehydrate with Nuun electrolyte enhanced water.
  • Warm up with fresh brewed, locally roasted and organically grown Ruta Maya Coffee.
  • Savor some free Clif Bar samples.
  • Enjoy a nostalgic mini Moon Pie when you return from the run.
  • Visit with Austin Parks Foundation, and see how they are improving parks in your neighborhood.
  • Post your Moonlight Tower Run photos using our official hashtags: #MoonlightTowerRun, #Austin10Kr or #Cap10K.
  • Grab a raffle ticket for a chance to win an Austin’s Moonlight Towers 36″x24″ blueprint post (one poster awarded) from Austin Moonlight.

Austin Moonlight


Where We’re Going




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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