CapKids

Memorandum

To: Statesman CapKids Participants
From: Tracey Kennedy, Race Director
Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Subject: CapKids Final Race

During the 16 years that the Statesman CapKids race has been a part of Statesman Capitol 10,000 weekend, thousands of children have eagerly taken their marks. We, at the Austin American-Statesman, have truly appreciated everyone’s participation — from our young runners, their families and sponsors to vendors, staff and volunteers. After careful consideration and fiscal analysis, however, we have determined that 2014 will be the final year for the CapKids race.

It was not a decision we took lightly, but it is one that will contribute to the continued longevity of the Cap10K — now approaching its 38th year. We are thrilled that we will be able to apply additional resources to strengthening race weekend and improving the experience for all — participants, organizations, sponsors, vendors and spectators alike.

Potential plans include adding a stroller division, a family wave at the start line and an engaging CapKids Zone at the finish line festival that offers face painting, a petting zoo and a rock-climbing wall. We also plan to incorporate elementary schools into the Cap10K School Challenges, which will round out the program that already includes middle and high schools. As always, we will continue to offer special race entry fees for our youth and school participants.

We are excited for the future of Cap10K and making it a memorable experience for participants young and old. We genuinely hope you are, too, and will make plans to join us on April 12, 2015 and beyond.

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Official Race Results

Complete race coverage and the top results will be printed in Sunday’s Austin American-Statesman and available here online. Everyone’s a winner! To be eligible for awards, all children must run in their appropriate age wave. The awards presentation will start at 10:30 a.m. The top three boys and top three girls in each age group will receive custom medals. Race results will be posted online by 12:00 p.m. on race day. The winners of the Elementary School Challenge will be announced on Friday following the race, after the official results have been confirmed.

2014 Race Results

Historic Race Results:

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

Official Rules & Restrictions

The following event rules are intended to help produce and direct a large scale event, to ensure the safety of all participants, to meet the requirements of local government permits and to be compliant with applicable USA Track & Field (USATF) regulations for participant performance records and event liability.

Registration

  • Each participant must sign an event waiver before participating in the event.
  • Registrants under 18 years of age must have the applicant wavier signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • The age of a participant on the day of the race determines his or her age category classification.
  • Entry fees are nonrefundable. You can transfer your registration to another person for a fee of $10.

Course

  • The following are prohibited from the course: no hand cycles, no dogs, no in-line skates, no bicycles, and any other non-official wheeled vehicles. Violators will be disqualified and removed from the course by race officials.
  • Strollers are allowed in the 1/2-mile Family Fun Run. All strollers will start in the back of the Family Fun Run category. Strollers are defined as something that is pushed, not pulled. (No strollers in the CapKids 1-mile category). All children participating must be registered and wear a bib number on the front of their body. Parents or guardians accompanying children do not need to register.
  • Participants must follow instructions as given from all event officials including race staff, volunteers, medical personnel, security officers and city officials throughout the duration of the event.
  • All participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner during their participation in the event. This means, for example, that urinating or defecating anywhere on or near the course shall be strictly prohibited except in toilet facilities. Anyone violating this rule of conduct shall be disqualified from the event and will be asked to leave the course.

Race Bib Number

  • Participant race number bibs are specific personal identifiers and may not be exchanged with or transferred/sold to any other person.
  • The sale and/or transfer of race entries/bibs are strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events.
  • Medical information and emergency contacts must be filled in on the back of your bib number
  • Do not alter the bib number in any way
  • Securely fasten the bib number to the FRONT of your running outfit using the safety pins provided.
  • All bib numbers MUST be visible and worn on the front and outside of all clothing during the entire race.
  • MarathonFoto, the official photographer for the Statesman CapKids, identifies participants by their bib number, so be sure your number is clearly visible on the front of your shirt.
  • New this year for smart phone users is the addition of a QR-code on each race bib. Instantly connect to your official 1-mile finish times. The QR-code is located on the bottom of the race bib and can be scanned for immediate personal results.

Timing

  • All registered participants will receive an official 1-mile finish time.
  • All finish times are reviewed before times are deemed official.
  • Participants must begin the event during the official recognized start time in order to register an official finish time.
  • To be eligible for awards, all children must run in their appropriate age wave.

Statesman CapKids Wheelchair Division Guidelines

The CapKids welcomes all athletes of all abilities to participate in the event. It should be noted that the event’s course topography and traffic control plan make this event particularly challenging for athletes in general, and disabled athletes in particular. The race route includes some short uphill and downhill sections with sharp turns and uneven road surfaces, including cobblestone brick.

It is imperative for all participants to complete the event within the designated running lanes, and within the allotted course closure times of 20 minutes in the 1-mile and 30 minutes in the 1⁄2-mile Family Fun Run race. Participants not maintaining the pace to finish within these times will be directed to move onto the sidewalk by race officials and the finish line will not remain open beyond these finishing times.

In order to provide for participant, volunteer and spectator safety, the following rules will apply to disabled athletes who wish to participate in these events using self-propelled wheelchairs:

  • All self-propelled wheelchair athletes must wear a protective helmet. Only helmets that are ANSI, CEN, ASTM, CPSC, Australian, Canadian or SNELL certified, without modification, will be accepted. The helmet must be worn for the duration of the race with the chin-strap fastened.
  • All wheelchairs must be structurally sound (i.e., no cracks in the frame or welds, any loose or missing spokes, etc.). The athlete must be securely seated in the wheelchair and remain so while racing.
  • Because of the nature of the race course, with many sharp turns, only rigid-frame wheelchairs will be permitted. Self-propelled wheelchairs that are collapsible (‘hospital- style’) will not be allowed in the event.
  • All wheelchair athletes competing in the event must check-in with the Start Line Coordinator with the wheelchair they will use in the race no later than one-hour before the start of the race on the morning of the event to ensure that the chair meets the event safety requirements. The decision of the Start Line Coordinator is final.
  • In accordance with International Paralympic Committee (IPC) rules, hand-cycles, hand- bikes, hand-cranks, or other gear- or lever- driven devices will NOT be permitted in the event. All wheelchair participants must be able to maintain control of their wheelchair at all times. Race officials may immediately and without warning disqualify from the event and remove from the course any participant whose racing style is considered by such official to be dangerous, to interfere with other participants, or to fail to yield the right of way to other participants or volunteers.
  • Strollers or baby-joggers with children are allowed in the event. Strollers and baby- joggers must start at the back of the field and must yield right of way to other participants.
  • Disabled participants in a wheelchair who are being pushed by an able-bodied participant must both be officially registered, and must start at the back of the field. Disabled participants in a wheelchair being pushed by an able bodied participant are urged to wear a protective helmet and must at all times yield the right of way to other participants.
  • Disabled participants being pushed by an able-bodied participant must use a rigid- frame wheelchair. Collapsible ‘Hospital Style’ wheelchairs will NOT be allowed to start the event.
  • Disabled participants being pushed by an able-bodied participant are not eligible for awards.
  • Able-bodied participants are not eligible to compete in the wheelchair division.