Earlier this year, we asked you to share your Statesman Capitol 10K runner stories to help us make our 45th anniversary even more meaningful. The Cap10K is a very special race to all of us for so many reasons.
“My wife, Terry, and I met in 1981 while both flying into Austin on Southwest Airlines. Given that we were married in 1986, there’s lots to be said for the randomness of Southwest’s open seating policy! The first thing we talked about on that flight was that we were each planning to run the Cap10K for the first time. That was the first of many times we’ve remembered that special flight while running the nation’s greatest 10K!”
“I started running the Cap10K years ago. When I joined the Statesman it became a regular solo event for me. Eventually, my twin brother from Dallas joined. Then the year after that, my daughter, and the year after that, my nephew. The Cap10K has become more than just a fun race for me and also a goal each year to stay healthy. It’s become an annual family event. The photo is one of the years we ran the Cap10K together. From left to right, my brother (Denny), nephew (John), me, and my daughter (Bethany).”
“I love going out every year and seeing the whole city hanging out together. One of my favorite memories was seeing a man who had at least 30 years on me, wearing a shirt saying he had ran it every year (I believe it was the 40th anniversary) fly right past me!”
“The cap 10k has been a special race for my brothers and I. We’ve run it 8 years in a row together. It’s a great time and a tradition to travel to Austin for the weekend and enjoy the city and each other’s company. As we grow older and our lives continue to take us on different paths, we still set a weekend aside in April every year to get together.”
“I love running the capitol 10K because it is a race my father and I do together. We have fun counting the years we have done it together and I believe this will be year 35! I lived in Canada one of those years, so I found a 10K race on the same day there and we felt like we ran it “together”. I gave him years ago a blanket made of his old Capitol 10K t-shirts and it is one of his favorite things. He is 85 years old and still runs every other day!”
“2011 was my first Cap10K. My mom, stepdad and friend Kristi were running together. With the last mile ahead of me, I was exhausted. I was running alone at that point. I hadn’t seen my dad yet, but I knew he was there watching.
As I turned the corner to run towards the finish line I see a wild man yelling and jumping up and down. The man was my dad. He was yelling, “Go Pony, you can do it!” With a smile on my face, I crossed the finish line. It is now a family tradition to run the Cap10k together.”
“For my first Cap10K, I woke up earlier than expected before the race because I had a feeling… I was pregnant. I took a pregnancy test and it was positive! I showed my husband and we were happy but trying not to get too excited since I had lost the previous pregnancy. That was my son’s first 10k. I had trained and felt to amazing, knowing that he was with me. I talked to him about our strength and how today was the beginning of our journey together.
I sang and screamed from joy during the race. It was such an unforgettable experience because of that and to be together with so many fellow Austinites and the music, the crowds cheering, and the bacon! Since then, my husband and I have run every race with our son and we cannot wait until he runs his first 10K!”
“I started running as part of a weight loss challenge in 2017 at the age of 51. In the first meeting, we were told we would join a running group. I thought to myself “There’s no way I’m able to run.” In the first group run, we started with a walk/run and things escalated quickly. In the next 4 years, I’ve completed 1 full marathon, 7 half marathons, and countless 5 & 10K’s. I feel great and in better shape than when I was younger. And out of the 40+ people in the weight loss challenge, I’m the only one still in the running group, Laredo Pace Setters. My favorite place to run is Lady Bird Lake hike/bike trail in Austin. I run there every chance I get. Besides Austin, I’ve run in San Francisco, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, Nashville, San Antonio, The Woodlands and look forward to seeing new places to run.”