Press Release
June 24, 2015
Austin, Texas
Shannon Cockrell, Director of Consumer Marketing

The Statesman Capitol 10,000 has extended The Trail Foundation’s position as the 2015 beneficiary through the April 10, 2016 race. The Trail Foundation will receive $1.00 from every Cap10K registration, which begins Oct. 1, 2015 at During registration, race participants will also have the option to donate to the beneficiary, and the Statesman will match registrant donations up to $10K.

“We are so pleased to announce The Trail Foundation as beneficiary of the 2016 race,” said Susie Gray, publisher of the Austin American-Statesman. “Cox Media Group, the Statesman’s parent company, believes in creating positive environmental change. The Trail Foundation’s focus on protecting and enhancing the Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake is in line with the Statesman’s support of this corporate initiative and local community efforts.”

The Trail Foundation helps protect and enhance the Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake through careful improvements to the Trail and advancing 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 Butler Trail.

“The Trail Foundation is gratified to again be the beneficiary of the Statesman Capitol 10,000,” said Susan Rankin, executive director of The Trail Foundation. “The cherished Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake is the heart of Austin and is critical to the local economy. It’s an important factor in attracting and retaining employees and is key to Austin’s quality of life. As Austin grows, the number of Trail users grows as well. The donation from the Cap10K will enable The Trail Foundation to continue to make improvements to the Trail and advance conservation in Austin’s central greenspace.”

In its 39th year, the Cap10K 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 2015, the race had more than 18,000 registered participants. Additional race information is available at

About 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

Our 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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