Willie Love to Run

Sat., January 11, 2020

Location

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

Schedule

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.

Participation

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

Weather

Sunrise: 7:28 a.m.
Forecast: 60ºF High & 36ºF 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 main warehouse is located on the Northwest side of the building, follow the parking signs and feather flags to the entrance. Parking is free for those attending Austin 10K’r events.

What You Get

  • A super fun 3-mile run to an iconic Austin statue of Willie Nelson at the ACL Moody Theater.
  • Free copy of the Statesman’s 2020 wall calendar.
  • Red headband bandanas (while supplies last).
  • 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 Cap10K chapstick.
  • And some good ol’ fashion high fives when you finish.

What to Bring

  • Friends & family, co-workers, best buds and girlfriends.
  • Braided pigtails, in Willie style.
  • Your smartphone to capture the fun and make your followers jealous (#WillieLoveToRun).
  • 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.

RSVP

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 run. Dress up like Willie, show off your Willie fanatic souvenirs or just snap a selfie with the Willie statue. Share your love for the red headed stranger and you could win.

Winner Prizes
Three Polar watches awarded.

How to Enter Contest:

  • Participation is Free.
  • Snap a photo of your Willie Love to Run experience.
  • Email the photo to austin10kr@gmail.com.
  • One (1) photo per entry.

Photo submissions received at austin10kr@gmail.com 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.  Three (3) 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 1/11/20.  Winners announced and contacted on 1/13/20.

 

willie group photo

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.

MarathonKids.org

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 Willie Run is a creative route that intersects the park, crosses the river and strolls through the entertainment district of downtown to a statue of one of Austin’s most iconic singer-songwriters. Starting from the Statesman parking lot the run will kick off passing a familiar statue “Night Wings” on the way down Barton Springs Road. After passing through the dense canopy of pecan trees outside Palmer Events Center the route takes a turn on Lee Barton Dr. and travels north along the Butler Pitch & Put Golf Course. Take a moment to view the changing Austin skyline when you cross the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge over Lady Bird Lake to Sand Beach Park and the newly renovated Seaholm Power Plant. The run winds up to West 5th Street near Whole Foods Market’s world headquarters before crossing East over to Republic Square Park. From the park travel south to West 2nd Street for a quick loop the W Hotel to West Willie Nelson Blvd. (W. 2nd St.) and the Moody Theater. Take an opportunity to get your photo next to the legendary Willie Nelson statue outside the theater. Finally scoot over to Congress and back across the river to finish the 3-mile tour in the Statesman parking lot where the run started. This is a loop course however, you can choose to U-turn and retrace your steps back to the Statesman at any point (paper maps provided at event).

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.
  • Enjoy iced down DASANI bottled water.
  • Free Fusionetic Screening from Baylor Scott & White Health.
  • Collect your Marathon Kids limited edition Armadillo 1/2-mile or 1-mile training log stamp.
  • Hot chocolate.
  • Fresh fruit also provided.
  • Post your Willie Love to Run photos using our official hashtags: #WillieLoveToRun, #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. 

Social Run Partners

Events are run and walk friendly, variable in distance, free, open to the public and begin and end at Austin American-Statesman. Parking is FREE for social runs at the Statesman. On occasion Austin 10K’rs will visit our partners at a location other than the Statesman, check each event for detailed instructions on where to meet. Baby joggers and leashed pets are always welcomed.

Event route distances vary between 3-6 miles however, you always have the option to u-turn at any point to match your fitness ability. Event route surfaces will vary from sidewalks and crushed granite to paved pathways and boardwalk. This is a self-guided and self-paced activity. There are no street closures or directional signage marking the route.

Each event will incorporate a creative theme that highlights the culture of Austin and the Cap10K. Arrive a little early for meet ‘n’ greet with the race staff, event partners and fellow runners. Before we start each run we will review the event route, identify any notable sights to see and answers any questions. Maps, bottled water, high fives and selfies will be shared at each event.

Participation in Austin 1OK’r events is potentially hazardous to the health of individuals who are not in good physical condition and health, and they should not participate unless medically able and properly trained. All participants must abide by the rules and decisions of any event organized, and assume all risks associated with the event and any associated event or activities, including but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, and effects of the weather, traffic, road conditions, and all such risks being known and appreciated.

Having read this disclaimer and knowing these facts, and in consideration of acceptance of my participation into Austin 10K’r events, participants waive and release the Austin American-Statesman, and any other individuals, firms and organizations associated with the activity, their representatives, and successors, from all claims of liabilities or any kind resulting in whole or in part from participation in Austin 1OK’r events or the acts or omissions by and organization, firm or individual that take place in connection with Austin 1OK’r events. By participating in Austin 1OK’r events, you acknowledge and agree to the terms of this Disclaimer and Release of Liability.

Now that that’s done let’s go run!

The social runs have begun to take off in popularity and we could use an extra set of hands on occasion to prepare the activities for each meeting. Light set-up and clean-up opportunities available for those who want to sandwich their run with volunteering before and after the meet-up. Also, looking for those local yokels who’ve been their-done that, to share their experience for running and walking in Austin. Good directions and insight on local routes always welcomed by novice guests. If you’d like to share your time please email us for more info.

social run volunteer

 

If you have a general question about the social runs or if you would like more info about being a run partner please let us know.

email organizer