Saturday, February 24, 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: 7:05 a.m.
Weather Forecast: 75ºF High & 48ºF Low
Route Map: MapMyRun 2.3 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 2 to 5-mile run along beautiful Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.
  • Native Texas wildflower seed packets.
  • Free Clif Bar samples (post run)
  • Re-hydrate with Nuun, Cap10K’s official on-course hydration drink.
  • DASANI bottled water (pre & post run).
  • Special edition Cap10K bumper stickers (while supplies last).
  • And some good ol’ fashion high fives when you finish.

 

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 (#WildflowerRun).
  • Did you forget your watch, wear test one of our Polar M400 GPS watches (three available).
  • Baby Joggers welcome.
  • Leashed pets welcome.

 

 

 

Weather Plan

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Currently 54° and Cloudy

Updated 12:00 p.m. 2/23/18
There is a high probability for rain showers Saturday morning. The event is scheduled to take place at 8:00 a.m. The determination to cancel due to inclement weather will be made at 7:00 a.m. on 2/24/18. We will run in light rain. We hope the showers will hold off and we look forward to seeing you at the event.

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The event will continue as planned when cloudy and no threat of lighting.

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The event will continue as planned when light rain.

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The event is canceled when lighting is present.

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The event is canceled when there is heavy rain at the start time of the run.

Wildflower Run – Route Description

The Texas Wildflower Run is a traditional 2 to 5-mile route that travels on the Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail along Lady Bird Lake. One of the best times of the year to plant wildflower seeds in Texas is late winter before the spring showers. At the event native Texas wildflower seed packets will be provided, and with your assistance we will help Mother Nature get a head start on covering the trail with vibrant spring colors. There a several green spaces along the trail that are sheltered from spring time grass mowing and we will attempt to seed these areas.

Starting from the Statesman’s West parking lot we will head towards the lake and connect with the Lady Bird Lake trailhead. Utilizing various bridge crossing you can decide how long to make your personal wildflower run. The main trail follows the south shoreline westward to the MoPac Expressway pedestrian bridge. As long as you always keep the river on your right you shouldn’t get lost on your loop. At the MoPac Bridge the trail crosses the river and returns back along the north shoreline to the Congress Ave. Bridge.

If you turn and cross the river at the South First Street Bridge and return along the north shoreline to the Congress Ave. Bridge it will be a 1.08 mi. loop. If you turn and cross the river at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge near S. Lamar and loop back to Congress Ave. Bridge it will be a 2.35 mi. loop. And if you go all the way down to the MoPac Bridge and loop back along the north shoreline to Congress Ave. it will be a 4.98 mi. loop. Of course you can always go out and U-turn at any point to make an even out ‘n’ back distance.

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


Collene Sweeney illustrates wildflowers for Texas license plates
Specialty plates benefit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center—Michael Barnes

Specialty License Plates of Texas


 

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.
  • Visit with Austin Parks Foundation, and see how they are improving parks in your neighborhood.
  • Post your Wildflower Run photos using our official hashtags: #WildflowerRun, #Austin10Kr or #Cap10K

 

 

 

Where We’re Going

 

 


Volunteer

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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