Capitol Warm-up Run

Sat., March 28, 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 the Capitol Warm-up social run.


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)
Post-run Yoga: 9:00 a.m.
Activity Concludes: 10:00 a.m.


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


Sunrise Time: 7:24 a.m.
Weather Forecast: (tba)

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.

What You Get

  • A super fun 3 to 6-mile run through downtown to visit the State Capitol Building.
  • Pre-run stretch with RAW Running.
  • Free copy of the Statesman’s 2020 wall calendar.
  • 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.
  • Post run yoga session with Oak + Lotus yoga.
  • And some good ol’ fashion high fives when you finish.

What to Bring

  • Friends & family, co-workers, best buds and girlfriends.
  • Your smile, ’cause you don’t want to miss a photo with the backdrop of Texas State Capitol building.
  • Your smartphone to capture the fun and make your followers jealous.
  • Your Marathon Kids training log to collect a Cap10K Armadillo participation stamp.
  • 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.

Elite Athlete Welcome

Join us for a special athlete welcome before we head out on our last training run. Former race champions and members of the women’s and men’s Cap10K elite field will be in attendance for this final warm up before the big race. Elite athletes will be welcomed and introduced by our emcees from RAW Running, Paras Shaw & Ryan Fenton. Come see who’s contending to be this year’s 2020 Statesman Cap10K Champion. If you’re looking for great racing tips, these are the women and men to ask before you tackle the Cap10K course.

Photo Contest

Participate in a fun activity at the social run to show how much you really love to Austin running. Set a goal to walk or run 3-miles and about the halfway point you’ll reach the steps of the Texas State Capitol.  Snap a selfie while your at the Capitol to let us know you’ve made it. Share your achievement in reaching this landmark and you could win.  Several lucky winners will receive a raffle prizes from CLIF Bar, POLAR  & the Statesman.

Winner Prizes

  • Two Polar watches awarded.
  • One Branded HAAM canteen.
  • One Clib Bar swag bag. 
  • Four Austin 10K’r training tees awarded.
  • Two Cap10K retro staff jacket. 

How to Enter Contest:

  • Participation is Free.
  • Snap a photo with you wearing your favorite race shirt at the social run.
  • 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.  Ten (10) 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 3/28/20.  Winners announced and contacted on 3/30/20.

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 Capitol Warmup Run is an easy jog on the first mile of the Statesman Cap10K race course with a bonus loop around the Capitol Building thrown in just for fun! From the Statesman parking lot, travel to S. Congress Avenue.  Jump onthe sidewalk and travel north across the Lady Bird Lake into downtown Austin. As you continue up Congress you’ll pass the historic Paramount & State Theatres. When you arrive at 11th Street enter the majestic Capitol grounds and follow the east driveway up to and around the building. On the north side of the Capitol stop and take a peak in the open-air rotunda which is the same size as the rotunda in the Main Capitol Building. It’s 60 feet in diameter and features a star and the word “Texas” around it. It is similar to the star on the ceiling of the dome of the Texas State Capitol. To complete the three mile course U-turn at 15th Street.  Don’t forget to return down the west side driveway of the Capitol to see additional Texas historic statues and monuments. Basic out and back course, where you can choose to U-turn and retrace your steps back to the Statesman at any point.  For the extended route review the map below for a extra tour through the University of Texas campus.

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

  • Roll back your sleeves for ooie gooey Whataburger cinnamon rolls.
  • 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.
  • Austin 10K’rs social run shirts on sale for $10.
  • Post your Capitol Warm-up Run photos using our official hashtags: #CapitolWarmup, #Austin10Kr or #Cap10K

Post Run Yoga with Oak + Lotus

Join Alia Khan, recovering attorney and founder of south Austin’s new Oak + Lotus yoga studio, for a 15-minute post-run yoga session designed especially for runners. Alia is a native Austinite who has been practicing yoga for over a decade, teaching since 2012, and opened her first yoga studio in Washington, DC 5 years ago. She moved back to Austin last year in order to bring her down-to-earth, accessible approach to yoga to her hometown.

You probably already know that yoga is great for post-workiout recovery and preventing injuries. But did you know that a regular weekly practice usually results in improved running times as well? Come see what all the fuss is about; no yoga mat or experience necessary!

You can learn more about Alia and her studio at And if you’d like to try out a class, use promo code WeLoveRunners at checkout to receive your first drop-in class for just $10!

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