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Race Beneficiary

Press Release
September 26, 2014

The Statesman Capitol 10,000 has selected The Trail Foundation as the beneficiary of the April 12, 2015 race. The Trail Foundation will receive $1.00 from every Cap10K registration, which begins Oct. 3, 2014, at Registrants will also have the option to donate to the beneficiary, and this year, the Statesman will match up to $10K of registrant donations.

The Trail Foundation helps protect and enhance the Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake through careful improvements to infrastructure and conservation. Working in cooperation with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, it has built restrooms and water fountains; planted native trees and flowers; renovated lakefront gathering areas and trailheads, put in mile markers, and helped create the world-class Boardwalk that has enhanced the safety, usability and scenic beauty of the Trail.

“We are honored to have been selected as this year’s Cap10K beneficiary,” said Susan Rankin, executive director of The Trail Foundation. “The Trail is truly the heart of Austin, and as Austin grows, the number of Trail users grows as well. The support from the Cap10K will allow us to continue protecting and enhancing the Trail for Austinites and visitors alike.”

In its 38th year, the Statesman Capitol 10,000 is the largest 10K race in Texas and one of the top 10 in the nation. The Cap10K began in 1978 with 3,400 participants. In 2014, the race had more than 15,900 registered participants. Additional race information is available at

About TTF

What is The Trail Foundation?


Our mission is to protect and enhance the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Since our formation in 2003 as a 501(c)(3), we have fulfilled our mission through careful improvements to the Trail’s infrastructure and environment, while honoring the original vision of the Trail’s founders. In 2003, we formed the Town Lake Trail Foundation to continue the work of the Citizen’s Committee and ensure that the heart of Austin stays strong. In 2008, inspired by the renaming of the lake, we adopted the name The Trail Foundation. Our passionate stewards work diligently to guide the vision of The Trail Foundation and to protect and enhance the Trail at Lady Bird Lake.

The Trail Foundation’s projects in the Austin community


To view details and status updates on all TTF current projects as well as a list of their completed projects click here


The Trail Foundation Membership


Membership_Tee_TTF_02_17_15Our Trail sees 1.5 million visits a year and as Austin grows, that number will continue to grow with it. The Trail Foundation exists because Austin’s budget cannot cover the costs of the Trail’s expanding needs. In a distinctively collaborative effort, we work in cooperation with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to close the gap between what the government provides and what the Trail requires. If TTF members stay on it together, we can protect and enhance the gem that we have. To become a member of The Trail Foundation visit TTF’s membership page here. You can also share your passion for the Trail with loved ones when you give them a special gift membership.

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