Capitol 10,000 History

      March 12, 1978. First Annual Capitol 10,000; 800 expected, 3,400 registered; Course on Lady Bird Lake Hike & Bike Trail; Entry Fee $3 and Ben Sargent, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist creates the ’Dillo (armadillo) mascot.


      March 22, 1981. Fourth Annual 10K with 11,823 registered participants; First woman finisher Tracey Wong (36:34); 200 participants in the 12-and under division and race started at 10:00 a.m.


      March 20, 1984. Seventh Annual 10K with 20,600 registered participants; Race ranked 2nd largest 10K in nation; Sidney Smith, (then 80) did race for the 3rd time & continued to participate until age 98—Oldest participant to date and two participants married 15 minutes before the race at the start line & ran in full wedding attire.


      March 29, 1987. Tenth Annual 10K with 28,341 registered participants; Coldest race day to record with 33 degrees and sleeting conditions; Still the largest turn out in race history and all race registrations were processed manually.
      April 1, 1990. Thirteenth Annual 10K with 21,989 registered participants; Race on April Fool’s Day; Course record set for male 65-69 age group (41:43) and race started at 8:00 a.m.
      April 5, 1992. Fifteenth Annual 10K with 19,000 registered participants; Runners were separated by timed and not timed, making start much more organized and course record set for female wheelchair division (29:54).
      March 24, 1996. Nineteenth Annual 10K with 15,984 registered participants; Governor Bush (43rd President of the United States) participated in race; Course record set female 75-79 age group (1:02); Entry fee was $10 and exciting win by Japan’s Ono (31:43).
      April 2, 2000. Twenty-third Annual 10K with 14,370 registered participants; Second Annual Junior ’Dillo Kids Run; Course record set 85 – 89 AG (55:25) and first time Champion Chip timing system implemented.
      March 30, 2003. Twenty-sixth Annual 10K with 13,444 registered participants; Course record set female 40-44 age group (34:38) and chip timing improved—race results posted for the first time online after the race.
      April 2, 2006. Twenty-ninth Annual 10K with 13,490 registered participants; Age groups ranged from 1-95; 98 year old Sidney Smith participated in the race–oldest participant to date and $226,452 donated to race beneficiary People’s Community Clinic.


      March 29, 2009. Thirty-second Annual 10K with 18,136 registered participants; Race donates $145,586 to Meals on Wheels and More and Austinite Desirée Ficker breaks the 30-34 age group record (34:56).


        March 25, 2012. Thirty-fifth Annual 10K with 22,477 registered participants; Fourth largest attendance in race’s history; Celebrate 35th Anniversary! Race honors 39 All Year Runners (1978-Present); Austin Fit Magazine awards event “Austin’s Best of Health & Fitness” and Austinite Scott MacPherson wins race (29:51) second year in a row.


      April 7, 2013. Thirty-sixth Annual 10K with 18,382 registered participants; Half-a-million+ participants since 1978; Jann Girard, 24 years as Race Director retires; New Race Director, John Conley announced; Eric Chirchir wins with a course record time 29:24; Race makes transitions to timing all participants and enhances social media presence & finish line festivities.


      April 6, 2014. Thirty-seventh Annual 10K with 15,959 registered participants; Rated “10 Must-Do 10Ks In The United States” by; Running USA “7th Largest 10K in the Nation”; New Race Director, Tracey Kennedy announced; Austin Fit Magazine “Austin’s Best of Health & Fitness”Austin Monthly “Readers’ Pick, Best of City: Diversions”.


      April 12, 2015. Thirty-eighth Annual 10K with 18,428 registered participants; Allison Mendez wins women’s division a time of 35:01; Participant tech-fabric race shirt introduced; Bloody Mary & Beer Garden and Food Trucks introduced; New CapKids Zone added to Finish Line Festival and Finish Line Festival returns to renovated Auditorium Shores.

      April 10, 2016. Thirty-ninth Annual 10K with 20,527 registered participants; Jeff Simecek from Stateamans’s Community Development Department appointed as new Race Director; Baylor, Scott & White Health signs multi-year presenting sponsor agreement; Allison Mendez defends women’s division for second year in a row; Drones capture areal footage of the race; Corporate, Social, Nonporfit & School team participation more than doubles; and Quiet Company and The Knight Owls rock the Finish Line Festival on the newly dedicated Vic Mathias Shores.


      Fortieth Annual 10K on Sunday, April 23, 2017.