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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Meeting Place: Austin American-Statesman (West Lot)
Participation: Free
Parking: Free (Location)
Meeting Time: 8:00 a.m.
Running Time: 8:05 a.m. (leave by)
Sunrise Time: 7:17 a.m.
Route Map: MapMyRun Wildflower Run
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Wildflower Run Map
 

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 black Cap10K tent and white flags at the north end of the parking lot. Parking is free for those attending Austin 10K’r events.

 

What You Get

  • A super fun 2 to 5-mile run along beautiful Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.
  • Free samples of the New Nut Butter Filled peanut butter bar from Clif Bar (post run)
  • Evamor bottled water (pre & post run).
  • Native Texas wildflower seed packets.
  • Special edition armadillo tattoos.
  • 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 (#WildflowerRun).
  • Baby Joggers welcome.
  • Leased pets welcome.

 

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 in the fall just before winter. Thanks to The Trail Foundation’s native Texas wildflower seed packets (provided), we will be helping 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 Expy. 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 1.96 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 4.82 mi. loop. Of course you can always go out and U-turn at any point to make an even out ‘n’ back distance.

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

 

After the Run

  • Enjoy iced down bottled water and sports drink to re-hydrate.
  • Savor samples of Clif Bar’s NEW Nut Butter Filled bar.
  • Post your wildflower seeding excursion photos using our official hashtags: #WildflowerRun, #TTF, #Austin10Kr or #Cap10K

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