Austin's Running of the Green

Sat., March 14, 2020

social run canceled

Fri., Mar. 13, 2020, 8:00 a.m.

Due to recent changes concerning COVID-19 coronavirus in the Austin area it is our decision to cancel Saturday’s social run for the safety of our participants, sponsors, volunteers and staff. While we know that the cancellation of the social run is disappointing we hope you agree that our priority is the health and wellness of our community. Stay tuned, we hope to announce new activities once health concerns have stabilized.

We continue to closely monitor the ongoing coronavirus situation. The City of Austin and Travis Count have issued restrictions on public assembly events through May 1. In response to this declaration we are canceling Austin’s Running of the Green social run and the remaining 3/21 & 3/28 meetings


Venue: Austin American-Statesman
Meeting Place : Central Courtyard
Address: 305 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704


Pre-run Stretch: 7:50 a.m.
Meeting Time: 8:00 a.m.
Running Time: 8:10 a.m. (leave by)
Activity Concludes: 10:00 a.m.


Activity: Run, Walk, Skip or Stroll
Participation: Free
Parking: Free
Refreshments: Complimentary
Post Stretch & Plyo Zone: Free


Sunrise Time: 7:41 a.m.
Weather Forecast: 73ºF High & 48ºF Low

Where We Start

The Austin American-Statesman is located one block South of the river at 305 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704.  The Central Courtyard is located on the East side of the building, follow the parking signs and feather flags to the entrance. Parking is free for those attending Austin 10K’r events.

Travel Advisory

The West Parking Lot will be closed in the morning for a SX special event. The entrance into the Statesman at S. Congress Ave. & Barton Springs Rd. will also be open however, we are meeting on the opposite side of the building. Use ALTERNATE Statesman entrance off E. Riverside Drive at Thom’s Market (view map directions here).

What You Get

  • A super fun 3.5 to 5.0-mile route that travels across the river into downtown with a tour of some notable sites.
  • Free copy of the Statesman’s 2020 wall calendar.
  • Wear test 1 of 4 Polar M400 GPS watches.
  • Free samples of the New  Clif Bars (post run)
  • Fresh brewed, locally roasted and organically grown Ruta Maya Coffee.
  • DASANI bottled water (pre & post run).
  • Complimentary hot chocolate.
  • Special limited edition 2020 bumper sticker.
  • And some good ol’ fashion high fives when you finish.

What to Bring

  • Friends & family, co-workers, best buds and girlfriends.
  • Come dressed in your St. Patrick’s Day charm–wear green or you might get pinched.
  • Your smartphone to capture the fun and make your followers jealous.
  • Your Marathon Kids training log to collect a Cap10K Armadillo participation stamp.
  • Did you forget your watch, wear test one of our Polar M400 GPS watches (four available).
  • Baby Joggers welcome.
  • Leashed pets welcome.


It’s Free to participate but RSVP with Eventbrite, It’ll help us plan our supplies.
We will also send you travel and/or weather advisory info when needed.

Photo Contest

Participate in a fun activity at the social run to show how much you really love to exercise. Set a goal to walk or run 3.5-miles and at the halfway point you’ll reach one of Austin’s bests locally owned running shops, The Loop. Snap a selfie with the Cap10K ‘Dillos at The Loop Running Supply Co. for a chance to win raffles prizes. Share your achievement in reaching The Loop and you could win. Eight lucky winners will receive raffle prizes.

Winner Prizes

  • One CLIF Bar swag kit with hat, tank, newest bar flavor Coffe and sticker.
  • One Branded HAAM canteen.
  • Two Ruta Maya Coffee logo tee.
  • One Austin 10K’r logo tee.
  • Three Cap10K retro team jacket.

How to Enter Contest:

  • Participation is Free.
  • Snap a photo of with one of the Cap10K ‘dillos at The Loop Running Supply shop.
  • Email the photo to
  • One (1) photo per entry.

Photo submissions received at will be organized in a photo album on the Statesman Cap10K Facebook page. Photos assigned a raffle number in the order that they were received.  Five (5) raffle numbers will be drawn at random by event staff to determine the winners. Photo submission period starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. on 3/14/20.  Winners announced and contacted on 3/16/20.

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Marathon Kids

Attend Austin 10K’r social events to complete miles towards your Marathon Kids training log. Each social event will have its own Marathon Kids family 1-mile route and map. Marathon Kids can earn a special edition armadillo half-mile or one-mile achievement stamp in their training log for participating.  As an additional bonus Marathon Kids headquarters will award prizes for kids with the special edition armadillo achievement stamps on their training logs.  So, start your training and collect those stamps.

We are Marathon Kids and we are on a mission to get kids moving. Through running, we show kids they can achieve more than they ever thought possible and put them on the path to healthier lives. Our Marathon Kids work at their own pace to run or walk a total of four marathons, and we provide the training, rewards, tools, and resources to keep them moving. We believe every kid deserves to live a happy, healthy life and that any adult can be empowered and trained to become an inspiring coach.

Hey Marathon Kids! start collecting your stamps because you can earn special prizes listed below. Prizes can be claimed when attending the final Austin 10K’r social run on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Austin American-Statesman from 8am-10am. Marathon Kids staff will be on site to review training logs and distribute prizes (prizes are not guaranteed, quantities are limited and awarded on first-come first served basis).

  • (1) 1-mile ‘Dillo Stamp = (1) Marathon Kids sticker
  • (3) 1-mile ‘Dillo Stamps = (1) Marathon Kids training t-shirt
  • (5) 1-mile ‘Dillo Stamps = (1) Marathon Kids drawstring bag
  • (10) 1-mile ‘Dillo Stamps = (1) $25 Nike Gift Card

Adult supervision is required for all youth participation in Austin 10K’r social run activities. This is a self-guided, self-paced activity. Social run routes are not closed courses. There is no traffic safety supervision for participants. Participants should abide by normal public use when traveling along any route. Participants must abide by the rules and restrictions provided in normal public access to sidewalks, pedestrian ways, bike paths and hike & bike trails.

Route Description

The Moonlight Tower 12 Run is a creative 4 to 6-mile route that travels into downtown Austin to seek out three of only 17 remaining light towers. The Moonlight Towers were popularized in the 1993 movie ‘Dazed and Confused‘ starring Matthew McConaughey however, they’ve been a part of the Austin skyline since 1894. After the run, you’ll be an expert in spotting these Texas historical landmarks. Starting from the Statesman’s West parking lot we will head into the city across Congress Ave. Bridge which stretches over Lady Bird Lake. The route will take a turn a Cesar Chavez and travel westward over to City Hall and Guadalupe St. Follow Guadalupe through the Second St. District northward to the Faulk Central Library where the #21 Moonlight Tower stands at the corner of W. 9th St. Continue north to 12th street and hang a left. Continue westward for a few blocks before the next #13 Moonlight Tower will appear on the corner of 12th & Rio Grande in front of the Austin Community College Rio Grande campus. Continue westward on 12th across N. Lamar and up the hill into Clarksville Neighborhood. At the top of the hill you will find the #12 Moonlight Tower on the corner of Blanco & W. 12th. To complete the 6-mile out and back route continue on W. 12th to West Lynn. Turn right at West Lynn and travel about three blocks north to Enfield Rd. Use caution crossing Enfield and continue up to Niles Rd.; left on Niles and over three blocks to Hartford Rd. where you will U-turn and retrace your steps back the Statesman.

It is our recommendation that participants use sidewalks, pedestrian pathways or hike & bike trails and avoid using the street. There are NO STREET CLOSURES for this route. Participants should obey traffic and pedestrian laws at all times. Please use caution when crossing streets and only cross at designated crosswalks.

After the Run

  • Recharge with Nuun electrolyte enhanced water.
  • Warm up with fresh brewed, locally roasted and organically grown Ruta Maya Coffee.
  • Savor some free Clif Bar samples.
  • Choose from blueberry, everything or plain bagels from Wholy Bagel.
  • Enjoy iced down DASANI bottled water.
  • Free Fusionetic Screening from Baylor Scott & White Health.
  • Twist open a bottle of GT’s Synergy Raw Kombucha
  • Collect your Marathon Kids limited edition Armadillo 1/2-mile or 1-mile training log stamp.
  • Hot chocolate.
  • Fresh fruit also provided.
  • Post your Moonlight Tower Run photos using our official hashtags: #MoonlightTower, #Austin10Kr or #Cap10K

Post Stretch & Plyometric Zone

  • Take a few moments to give those muscles a light stretch after you return.
  • Learn about plyometic activities and how they benefit the well-rounded runners’ fitness. 

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