Saturday, March 17, 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: 7:38 a.m.
Weather Forecast: 82ºF High & 63ºF
Route Map: MapMyRun 3 mi. | 5 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 to 5-mile run through downtown Austin that visits a statue of Willie Nelson; pass the new Central Library and cross the new Butterfly Bridge.
  • Take a pitstop at The Loop Running Supply Co. and collect your St. Paddy’s day bling. While you’re there take a selfie with one of the Cap10K ‘Dillos for a chance to win raffle prizes.
  • Sticky yummy Whataburger cinnamon rolls (post run).
  • Baylor Scott & White athletic trainers will be on site for injury evaluations/consultations.
  • Sign up on Saturday for free Fusionetic Screening, at Baylor Scott & White Health’s Westlake clinic during the week and receive a free manicure set.
  • Free Clif Bar samples (post run).
  • DASANI bottled water (pre & post run).
  • Special edition Cap10K ‘Dillo Shoe Laces (while supplies last).
  • 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.
  • Come dressed in your St. Patrick’s Day charm–wear green or you might get pinched.
  • Your smart phone to capture the fun and make your followers jealous (#RunningoftheGreen). Take a selfie with the Cap10K ‘Dillos at The Loop Running Supply Co. for a chance to win raffles prizes.
  • Did you forget your watch, wear test one of our Polar M400 GPS watches (three available).
  • Baby Joggers welcome.
  • Leashed pets welcome.


Running of the Green – Route Description

The Running of the Green run is a creative 3 to 5-mile route that travels across the river into downtown with a quick stretch down West 6th and then a majestic crossing of the new Butterfly Bridge on West 2nd. From the bridge the new Austin Central Public Library can be viewed nestled along the beautifully landscaped banks of Shoal Creek. Everyone is invited to pitstop at The Loop Running Supply Co. where you’ll receive St. Patrick’s Day beads and shamrock headbands. Capture a selfie with one of the Cap10K ‘Dillos and show us the pic when you get back for a chance to win additional raffle prizes. This urban route is a combination of sidewalk and pedestrian paths that finishes with scenic hike ‘n’ bike trail along the lake.

From the Statesman’s West parking lot the route heads down the hike and bike trail towards S. First St. bridge. Use the pedestrian bridge along the East side of the S. First St. bridge to cross North over Lady Bird Lake. Connect with Lavca St. and continue North up to W. Sixth St. If you’re doing 3-miles, hang a left at W. 6th St. and go over three blocks to Nueces St. and hang another left. If you’re doing 5-miles, stay straight on Lavaca St. for one more mile up to W. MLK Jr. Blvd. (W. 19th St.) and hang a left, go over three blocks to Nueces St. and hang another left. For both routes stay on Nueces St. until you reach W. Second St. Turn right at W. Second St. and cross the new Butterfly Bridge over to the the new Austin Central Public Library. At W. Second St. and West Ave. take a left; down one-block to W. Cesar Chavez St. and then right; down one-block to Walter Seaholm Dr. and then right again; up one-block to Electric Dr. (W. 2nd St.) and take a left. This should have taken you around the renovated Seaholm Power Plant. On Electric Dr. at the traffic circle take a right on Sandra Muraida Way, The Loop Running Supply Co. will be on your left before the end of the block. After pitstopping at the The Loop, retrace your steps back to the traffic circle and enter the trailhead of the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge. The Pfluger bridge will take you back across Lady Bird Lake to the South shore. Take the hike and bike trail to your left along the lake all the way back to the Congress Avenue bridge and the Statesman parking lot where we started. Run accomplished!

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.

When you stop by The Loop Running Supply Company to pick up your St. Paddy’s Day beads grab a FREE Run for the Water, water bottle from Gilbert Tuhabonye and the Gazelle Foundation.

Print Map with Directions

PHOTOS: Take a look inside the new Austin Central Library on Oct. 23
Ralph Barrera / American-Statesman



After the Run

  • Delight in sticky yummy Whataburger cinnamon rolls.
  • Enjoy iced down DASANI bottled water.
  • Try a bottle of Topo Chico mineral water.
  • Warm up with fresh brewed, locally roasted and organically grown Ruta Maya Coffee.
  • Savor some free Clif Builder’s Protein bar samples.
  • Post your Running of the Green photos using our official hashtags: #RunningoftheGreen, #Austin10Kr or #Cap10K



To make the most of your training, consume a meal, either whole-food or liquid form, within an hour after your workout containing both fast-digesting carbs and protein. This will prevent your body from using its own muscle tissue for energy and help encourage muscle synthesis.

Intense workouts take a toll on your muscles. Muscle protein breaks down during exercise and undergoes repair during post-workout recovery. Timing your intake to meet your body’s needs for amino acids, the building blocks of protein, allows you to optimize both muscle building and repair. Choose protein rich foods within 30 minutes after exercising to provide needed amino acids to muscles.



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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