Local Training Services Reference Guide

Austin is thriving with great local training opportunities for this year’s Cap10K. Novice, intermediate and advanced runners alike have participated in the event annually and many of them continue to seek out the best recommendations, advice and referrals on training. We’ve composed this list of local training service providers for your convenience. The first step to completing a 10K goal is to learn how to achieve it and training instruction can be helpful to recreational athletes that want to realize the 10K distance.

The 39th annual race will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2016.


A.C.T. Running
Austin local for 3 years
Ashley Thompson, actrunning@gmail.com

ACT Running’s Beginner/Intermediate program makes training for the Capitol 10K attainable, enjoyable and down right fun! By using interval running (3 minutes run: 1 minute walk) three day per week, you’ll safely build to the goal distance. Be a part of a supportive, noncompetitive team that will help you reach your goal. Participants will receive weekly training tips via e-mail, a technical running shirt and coach-led workouts. A two month base of 5+ weekly miles is recommended.

Eight-week program runs from February 17, 2015 – April 12, 2015. Group will meet Tuesdays (6:00am-7:00am), Thursdays (6:00am-7:00am) and Saturdays (7:00am-8:30am). Please contact Ashley for program costs and for additional information.

Born to Run ATX
Austin local for 30 years
Paul Carrozza, paul@paulcarrozza.com

Born To Run is a comprehensive program developed and proved over 30 years to improve the stride pattern of the runner to avoid injuries and run with more efficiency. They type of training combines all the elements of training to maximize the adaptive ability of the Human Body to become and endurance athlete.

Core Running Company
San Marcos local for 4 years
David Moody, david@corerunningcompany.com

Runners of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities come together at Core Running Company. Tuesday(6:30pm) Coach Doug Framke coaches an interval speed workout on local tracks and trails. Wednesday(7:00pm) we gather for a 5k social run, well attended and populated with college students and San Marcos locals. Saturday(6:30am) we meet for the “long run” and often run on the historical “El Camino Real” All runs are free of charge and currently start from Core Running Company on the square in San Marcos.

Gazelles_15Gilbert’s Gazelles
Austin local for 12 years
Michael Madison, michael@gilbertsgazelles.com

Wanting to take the challenge of completing your first 10K? Or maybe you’re looking to improve on your time from last year and garner the coveted age group award? Whether you’re searching for a life-changing experience or a structured training program and everything in between, this group is for you!

Gilbert Tuhabonye, former NCAA All-American, brings his successful running career, award-winning proven training methods and inspirational life experiences to offer one-of-a-kind coaching and personal motivation to all levels of runners. Through individual attention and group training, Gilbert combines the joy of running, a love for life and state-of-the-art coaching techniques in an educational and inspiring format that has grown into one of the most popular training programs in Texas. To top it off, Gilbert is a past champion of the Capitol 10,000!

Austin local for 3 years
Melissa Keller, lunachixatx@gmail.com

The local LUNA chix teams include women of all levels, from beginners to casual competitors. These teams bring women together to learn a new sport, stay active and encourage other women in their communities to participate in the fun. Together the teams train, compete and support each other, while fundraising for LUNA’s non-profit partner, the Breast Cancer Fund.

No Excuses Running
Greater Austin area for 4 years
Bill Schroeder, bill@noexcusesrunning.com

Come get speedy for the Statesmen Cap 10k and other races with No Excuses Running. All running abilities are welcome to join the FREE No Excuses-except Lightning Monday & Wednesday workout groups. In 9 years only 3 workouts have been cancelled due to lightning and workouts are held even on holidays, so you know there is always someone to workout with on Monday (track) & Wednesday (trails) evenings. These speed workouts can be tailored to any race distance. Bring your own water. Dress appropriately for the weather. See the No Excuses Running website for more information on events, results, and other training options as well as the Facebook page for No Excuses-except Lightning Mon & Wed Workout Group.

Rogue Running
Austin Local for 11 years
Jeff Knight, jeffknight@roguerunning.com

Our mission at Rogue Training Systems is to create an authentic community of athletes discovering a running path to physical, mental & spiritual potential. In other words, a run is bigger, more powerful than the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other. Our community exists to support, encourage and push runners of all levels – novice to near-professional. So whether you’re training for your first Capitol 10,000 or your or 15th, come do it with us.

Rogue Running has produced overall winners at the Capitol 10,000 in 3 of the last 4 years.

Speedy Demons Training Group
Austin local for 8 year
Bernard Manirakiza, Bernard@1379sports.com

Our goal is to fight obesity in America by motivating children and adults to stay physically active. Nowadays, video games are rage. It’s our goal to teach the kids to start and maintain active lifestyles when they are still young and they are less likely to become over weight. Adults, you sit at your desk all day and don’t focus on good eating habits.

It’s certainly an admirable feat to run 26.2 miles, and it’s not for everyone. A marathon isn’t the only way to lose weight. We want to help people to set attainable goal to run regularly a 5ks, 10ks, or a half marathon; and can be also a healthy path for people looking to slim down. You might need a tip how to improve or to run a personal best or you just want to be fit; our training group is here for you.

Team Mac
Austin local for 8 years
Mac Allen, mac@teammac.co

Runners dedicated to reaching their speed potential represent the members of Team Mac. The team is made up of different abilities, but each person has the same desire to perform at the highest level possible. We work out on the track and on hills for speed on TTh at 6 a.m. We go out on the roads and trail for long runs on Sat at 7 a.m.

Team Spiridon
Austin local for 8 years
Rob Hill, rob@teamspiridon.org

Team Spiridon provides quality training at a reasonable cost to runners who fundraise for animal charities. We believe in running as a way to change individual lives, our communities, even the world. We work closely with great organizations like Emancipet, Austin Pets Alive!, Love-a-Bull, the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, and others, and host the RuffTail Runners program, which gets people out running with shelter dogs across the United States.

Trail Roots
Austin local for 1 year
Erik Stanley, erik@trailroots.com

We are an Austin running group led by coach Erik Stanley! We have trail coaching, marathon coaching, guided and supported trail runs, and we offer custom training plans. We also have private coaching sessions for those runners needing additional focus and attention. In town for the week or looking to join us? Come out for a free week to any of our Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday group runs!

YMCA, Zero-to-10K
Austin Institution

Get a jump start on your New Year’s healthy living resolutions. Start your 2015 off on the right track with group run training at the YMCA. Our Zero-to-10K training program is open to all ages and ability levels. Whether it is the first time lacing up your running shoes, or you are looking for a racing personal best, this training is for you!

Training is offered at 8 convenient YMCA of Austin locations, with a variety of times to fit any busy schedule.


Local Training Equipment Retailers

Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned runner there’s nothing like a new pair of shoes for the Spring running season. On some accounts your footwear is the single most important piece of equipment you’ll own as a walker or runner so, take time to visit one of these fine local retailers for a properly fitted shoe.