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Class of 2021-22

The Statesman Capitol 10,000, presented by Baylor Scott & White Health, is pleased to announce 20 local running enthusiasts as race ambassadors and brand representatives for the 45th race on April 10, 2022.

“The Cap10K is about community and commitment. So who better to represent our 45th race than 20 inspirational members of Austin’s running community,” said Jeff Simecek, Cap10K race director. “We are absolutely thrilled to partner with local runners who are outgoing, fitness-minded, and socially active individuals. They will bring their respective areas of expertise to our race.”

The ambassadors will offer personal training tips and experiential advice leading up to the big day and helpful motivation to keep our Cap10K runners moving forward.


Logan Willis

It’s October 2009 and my new dog, Jake, isn’t getting enough exercise. He’s a Lab/GSP mix and he needs to burn off some energy. So I put on some shoes, grabbed his leash and we went out for a 20-minute run – 2 miles. Little did I know that that was the day I became a runner and started on a path that would forever alter my life.
That day was a long time ago and my journey has included a couple of Marathons and many 5Ks and everything in between. My happy place is the half marathon as I usually run several of them every season. Over the years, I have met some of my closest friends while running. It truly changed my life in a positive way.
Besides running, I also enjoy cycling and want to be a better Triathlete – but I swim like a rock. Recently adding hiking and weighted walking has benefitted me both physically and socially. Anything I can do to stay active tends to treat me very well.
My running group is called the Breakfast Club and they keep me out there week after week throughout the year. These days I can be found running 10-15 miles on the streets of downtown Austin every Saturday morning with a smile bigger than the state of Texas.
My old buddy Jake now resides on the other side of the Rainbow bridge but I’ll never forget how he got me started on this amazing journey.


Jackie Howard

I began running when I was young to keep my dad company while he would train for marathons. I am now busy trying to run all the streets in Austin with him and just recently set an FKT for a 92 mile Grand Canyon crossing trail run. I love big running challenges as they keep me motivated, healthy, and free.


Robert Clemons

I have always been involved in sports and running as part of staying active. Now that I am older; my running has idled down to walking which still helps me to be able to do things that I enjoy. The Cap10K is a great way to be active and see/meet the people of Austin.


Claudia Hernandez

I was inactive for many years until 2019 when I rediscovered that I liked running. I joined several running groups, including Sports Bra Squad, Rise and Run South Austin, and ATX Runners. Their energies were contagious. Long story short 9 months after I started running with these groups, I ran my 1st half marathon in February 2020.
Now, I run for fun. Running clears my head, heals my heart, and lifts my spirit. Running brought great people into my life and I look forward to attending races with my running friends and enjoying the surroundings.


Julie Hamsa

I started running when my kids were young and momma needed ‘zen’ time. Running is a normal part of my week now and offers up a fun and supportive community. I’ll run in almost any event; 5ks, 10ks half’s, trails, relays, road, OCR. As all good runners know, you sign up for races for the T-Shirt! It’s also challenging and keeps my body and mind strong. But mainly it’s the T-Shirts.


Thien Nguyen

My story on running is about overcoming what I feared-> before 2015, I did not think I could run long distances. Thanks to my brother encouraging me to sign up for my first half marathon and then training with me, I conquered my own self-doubt. Since then, running has brought confidence, joy, friends, and good health to my life. Sharing a quote that has driven me to run, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” (Eleanor R.) Hopefully, this motivates you to pound the pavement and enjoy the same benefits, see you out there.


Cassandra Medrano

I started running in 1999 after a challenge to complete a mile at Camp Mabry. I caught the running bug that ignited me to start training for a marathon right then. Today, after completing over 35 marathons, 50 half marathons, and many Cap10ks, I am addicted to the thrill of running. You can find me running the streets of Austin most days of the week with an amazing group of women that I have surrounded myself with that also have a passion for running. I run for the workout, social enjoyment, and love the Austin running community


Scott Cochran

I initially used running as a way to control my weight. Before I knew it, I realized I wasn’t doing it anymore for that reason. I was doing it because I looked forward to it! I love running in races, cheering on fellow runners and the early morning long runs with friends and family.


Kristi Luna

My family has been involved in the running community since I can remember (My father running 40/45 Cap10k’s.) So I wanted to follow in their running footsteps- and I’ve been in love with running ever since. If I’m not running a race, my favorite thing to do is go out, BE LOUD and cheer on other runners.


Mark Holcomb

What started as a way to get out of the house, clear my mind, and explore new places in Austin– has evolved into a passion for running. My newfound passion has led me to meet so many amazing people within the Austin Running Community. I love sharing my experiences and challenges with my students at the Texas School for the Deaf — GO RANGERS!


Nina Jenzen

I joined the Pflugerville Pfun Runners in 2018 and have not stopped running ever since. The Pfun Runners has allowed me to stay active and make many lifelong friends. You can find the group running the streets of Pflugerville each Saturday morning from West Pecan Coffee and Beer and then the group walks down to the Pflugerville Taco House for breakfast tacos. Can’t get anymore Austin than that! When I started back running in 2018 I could hardly run a mile. Now I currently have 6 half marathons under my belt and a full marathon. Running is not easy, but the more you train the easier it gets, and it is amazing what you can accomplish with a little bit of dedication. I can’t wait to run the Cap10K.


Tejas Patwa

Bio coming soon!


Sabrina Nyitrai

I started running in the fall of 2016, after attending a few of Fleet Feet’s social run/walk events with a good friend. She had been thinking about getting back into running and I thought “why not try it out”. Little did I know how important running would become to me. Through running, I’ve made lifelong friends and I’ve been fortunate enough to become a member of the Pfun Runners. The group has been a constant source of motivation and laughs! We enjoy running on Saturday mornings starting from our local coffee shop, West Pecan Coffee + Beer. Afterward, we reward ourselves with tacos from Pflugerville Taco House. So far, I’ve completed 12 half marathons and I have 4 more to complete in the coming months!


Iram Leon

Like almost every human on the planet, I started running shortly after I started walking and just haven’t stopped. Racing came after I got spanked in elementary school for running in the hall too much and got sent to the track team to utilize that energy. I once even put off brain surgery to run a marathon. Running is my therapy and how much I run tells you how badly I need therapy.


Sharon Clemons

Running has always brought me joy. These days, I am forced to mostly walk after (3) Achilles surgeries but still look forward to attending the races to stay active and for the routes and the camaraderie.


Susan Cooper

I’m many things. A single mom. A school librarian. A Harry Potter fanatic. I’ve long wanted to add “runner” to that list.
I’ve always admired runners — their endurance, their dedication. I wanted to be someone who could go out and run 3 or 4 miles with no problem. But every time I tried, I got injured. In 2017, though, I decided to give it one more try. I joined a 5k group at Fleet Feet and that’s when it all came together. I made friends and running became more than just exercise. Now, I’m part of an amazing group that is based in Pflugerville and runs all over Austin — the Pfun Runners. We are runners of all ages, sizes, and abilities, but more than anything we are a family. I love exploring different parts of the city by running the streets and trails, and I’m looking forward to traveling for races. Running has changed everything, and I love it.
Now I can say that I am a mom, a school librarian, a Harry Potter fanatic, and a RUNNER!


Quentin Smith

I started running for the sake of running when I was 16, and with the exception of a few injuries over the years, have been at it ever since. Recently, I’ve been focusing on tempo at ~10K distances and want to break into the world of triathlons.


Alma Christensen

Running has been a part of my life for 23 years. Through running, I have made new friends and traveled to new places. I have experienced the joys and pains of the sport that tend to help put things into perspective. I have run countless 5k, 10k, and half marathon races and have done a handful of trail races. This year I was waiting for the arrival of my first baby who was due on October 1. During the pregnancy, I had to scale back on the distance but running still brought joy. Up through about 8 months of my pregnancy, I managed to do daily walks and shorter runs, and I’ve been keeping tabs on the running community. Baby girl arrived early on September 26, and we are super happy. Hopefully, someday she’ll be a runner. I am very excited to have been chosen as an ambassador for the Statesman Capitol 10k and look forward to motivating others to join the run.


Phillip Thompson

I began running as a part of a work relay team in running the White Rock Marathon, now named the Dallas Marathon. The following year I would run my first half marathon and from then on the running bug bit me each year. My favorite part about running is the stories and journeys of others with who I am fortunate enough to share miles during training and on race day.
My favorite distance is the half marathon both in racing but also using half marathon training toward a stronger 10k. My goal for the 2022 Cap10k is to get 10 new runners to participate and personally break 40:00 minutes.
In my free and nonrunning time, I like to spend my time with family, eating pizza, and traveling.


Valarie Brown

Luckily my school district started a weekly running group with a trainer at my campus. He encouraged us to go to join his other group to jog at Town Lake. I still remember my first 5-mile run! Then Adam, one of the owners of the Austin Zen restaurants started a group, serendipitously with the SAME trainer. This changed my life. Yes we were motivated by the wonderful Tokyo breakfast he provided us afterward, but I found a great support group with my people. He sponsored my first 5k trail of lights. Little by little I ran more with the push of fellow runners and the energy of other Austin races and runners! It’s truly what keeps me going! Chris’s Statesman coffee runs are the best thing since pumpkin spice coffee!!! Thankfully I found other groups that have fun routes too. And there’s nothing like the enthusiasm of Cassandra Moderna’s group to get me out of bed early Saturday morning for a long run (well her and the fact that she picks a great breakfast spot to reward ourselves after!!)As an elementary school teacher, I find these groups keep me happy and healthy and I definitely feel the difference all week after starting my weekends with these amazing running buddies!

2023 Reg Is Open April 16, 2023