Saturday, February 3, 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: 7:20 a.m.
Weather Forecast: 60ºF High & 49ºF 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.
  • 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.
  • Did you forget your watch, wear test one of our Polar M400 GPS watches (three available).
  • Your smart phone to capture the fun and make your followers jealous (#MoonlightTowerRun).
  • Baby Joggers welcome.
  • Leashed pets welcome.




Moonlight Tower 21 Run – Route Description


The Moonlight Tower 21 Run is a creative 4 to 6-mile route that travels into downtown Austin to seek out four of only 17 remaining light towers. The Moonlight Towers were popularized in the 1993 movie ‘Dazed and Confused‘ 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. From the Statesman’s West parking lot we will head into the city across Congress Ave. Bridge stretching over Lady Bird Lake. The route will continue up Congress passed the Paramount Theater and theater’s new sign celebrating its 100th anniversary. The first Moonlight Tower #20 is at the corner of E. 11th St. and Trinity St. (SE corner). When you crest the hill at Trinity and E. 12th St. you will be able to see the UT Campus and the Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium in the distance. The second Moonlight Tower #14 is at the corner of W. 15th St. and San Antonio St. (SW corner). The third Moonlight Tower #13 is on the corner of the ACC Rio Grande Campus at W. 12th St. and Rio Grande St. (NW corner). Finally, as you near the old Central Library and Wooldridge Square Park you will see the fourth Moonlight Tower #21 at the corner of Guadalupe St. and W. 9th St. (SE corner).

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

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.
  • 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.
  • Post your Moonlight Tower Run photos using our official hashtags: #MoonlightTowerRun, #Austin10Kr or #Cap10K


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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