Capitol 10K History

Capitol 10,000 History

    March 12, 1978
    First Annual Capitol 10,000
    800 expected, 3,400 registered
    Course on Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail
    Entry Fee $3
    Ben Sargent, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist creates the ’Dillo mascot
    March 22, 1981
    11,823 registered participants
    First woman finisher Tracey Wong (36:34)
    200 participants in the 12-and under division
    Race started at 10:00 a.m.
    March 20, 1984
    20,600 registered participants
    2nd Largest 10K in nation
    Sidney Smith, (then 80) did race for the 3rd time & continued to participate until age 98—Oldest participant to date
    2 runners married 15 minutes before the race at the start line & ran in full wedding attire
    March 29, 1987
    28,341 registered participants
    Coldest race day to record
    33 degrees and sleeting, still the largest turn out in race history
    All race registrations were processed manually
    April 1, 1990
    21,989 registered participants
    Race on April Fool’s Day
    Course record set for male 65-69 age group (41:43)
    Race started at 8:00 a.m.
    April 5, 1992
    19,000 registered participants
    Runners were separated by timed and not timed, making start much more organized
    Course record set for female wheelchair division (29:54)
    March 24, 1996
    15,984 registered participants
    Governor Bush (43rd President of the United States) participated in race
    Course record set female 75-79 age group (1:02)
    Entry fee was $10
    Exciting win by Japan’s Ono (31:43)
    April 2, 2000
    14,370 registered participants
    2nd Annual Junior ’Dillo Kids Run
    Course record set 85 – 89 AG (55:25)
    First time Champion Chip timing system implemented
    March 30, 2003
    13,444 registered participants
    Course record set female 40-44 age group (34:38)
    Chip timing improved—race results posted for the first time online after the race
    April 2, 2006
    13,490 registered participants
    Age groups ranged from 1-95
    98 year old Sidney Smith participated in the race and is our oldest participant to date
    $226,452 donated to People’s Community Clinic
    March 29, 2009
    18,136 registered participants.
    Donated $145,586 to Meals on Wheels and More
    Austinite Desirée Ficker breaks the 30-34 AG record (34:56)
    March 25, 2012
    22,477 registered participants, 4th largest attendance
    35th Anniversary celebrated!
    39 All Year Runners (1978-Present)
    Austin Fit Magazine “Austin’s Best of Health & Fitness”
    Austinite Scott MacPherson 2nd year in a row wins race (29:51)
    April 7, 2013
    18,382 registered participants
    Half-a-million+ participants since 1978
    Jann Girard, 24 years as Race Director retires
    New Race Director, John Conley announced!
    Eric Chirchir wins with a course record time 29:24
    Made the transition to timing all participants
    Enhance social media presence & finish line festivities
    April 6, 2014
    15,959 registered participants
    Rated “10 Must-Do 10Ks In The United States” by
    Running USA “7th Largest 10K in the Nation”
    New Race Director, Tracey Kennedy announced!
    Austin Fit Magazine “Austin’s Best of Health & Fitness”
    Austin Monthly “Readers’ Pick, Best of City: Diversions”


    April 12, 2015
    18,428 registered participants
    Allison Mendez wins women’s division a time of 35:01
    Participant tech-fabric race shirt introduced
    Bloody Mary & Beer Garden and Food Trucks introduced
    New CapKids Zone added to Finish Line Festival
    Finish Line Festival returns to renovated Auditorium Shores