Run Leap Year's 366th Day

Sat., February 29, 2020


Venue: Austin American-Statesman
Meeting Place:  Main Warehouse
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 Plyo Zone: 8:40 a.m.
Post-run Yoga: 9:00 a.m.
Activity Concludes: 10:00 a.m.


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


Sunrise: 6:57 a.m. Forecast: 69ºF High & 42ºF 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

  • Thanks to Roman general Julius Caesar’s solar calendar, every four years we get one bonus day for running.
  • A super fun run or walk up to 6-miles along the scenic Shoal Creek Trail.
  • Pre-run stretch with Camp Gladiator coach.
  • 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 Cap10K chapstick.
  • And some good ol’ fashion high fives when you finish.

What to Bring

  • Friends & family, co-workers, best buds and girlfriends.
  • Your smartphone to capture the fun and make your followers jealous (#LeapYearRun).
  • 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.

Photo Contest

Participate in a fun activity at the social run to show how much you really love to run. Set a goal to walk or run 3-miles and at the halfway point you’ll reach the new Central Library location on W. Cesar Chavez St. & West Ave.  Snap a selfie next to the huge LIBRARY letter sign to let us know you’ve made it. Share your achievement in reaching this landmark and you could win.

Winner Prizes

  • One CLIF Bar swag kit with hat, tank, newest bar flavor Coffe and sticker.
  • One Branded HAAM canteen.
  • One Ruta Maya Coffee logo tee.
  • One Austin 10K’r logo tee.
  • One Cap10K retro team jacket.

How to Enter Contest:

  • Participation is Free.
  • Snap a photo of your experience and include the Central Library sign.
  • 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.  Five (5) 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 2/29/20.  Winners announced and contacted on 3/2/20.

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 Leap Year Run is a creative route that intersects the park, crosses the river and travels up a newly renovated hike & bike trail along Shoal Creek to Pease Park. Starting from the Statesman parking lot the run will kick off passing a familiar statue “Night Wings” on the way down Barton Springs Road.  Right at W. Riverside Drive follow Riverside over passing the Long Center for the Performing Arts.  Before S. Lamar take another right onto the pedestrian bridge. Take a moment to view the Austin skyline when you cross the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge over Lady Bird Lake toward Sand Beach Park. On the north shore stay to the left taking the pedestrian bridge over Cesar Chavez St. down to Electric Dr. Follow Electric Dr. under the rail road bridge and pass in front of the Seaholm Power Plant. Follow the wide pedestrian path West Cesar Chavez Street. Once you cross West Ave., the new Austin Central Public Library will be on your left.  If you’re only doing 3-miles u-turn at the giant library sign and return to the Statesman. If you’re tackling a few more miles, continue on around the library and the new Butterfly Bridge will be on the back side.  The Shoal Creek Trail starts on the east side of the library and travels under the Butterfly Bridge and continues through the center of town up to Pease Park.  Once you’ve arrived at Pease Park u-turn for 6-mile round trip back to the Statesman.

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

  • Wholy Bagels Batman, they’ve got bagels too.
  • 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.
  • Collect your Marathon Kids limited edition Armadillo 1/2-mile or 1-mile training log stamp.
  • Hot chocolate.
  • Fresh fruit also provided.
  • Camp Gladiator post stretch and plyometric zone.
  • Austin 10K’rs social run shirts on sale for $10.
  • Post your Leap Year Run photos using our official hashtags: #LeapYearRun, #Austin10Kr or #Cap10K

Oak & Lotus Yoga

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!

Camp Gladiator Post Stretch & Plyometric Zone

To propel you up a hill and help cushion the toll on your body down hill, you need to be able to have a strong core and arms to help propel you up the hill to accompany your legs and you need to condition the landing for downhill running to help you from jarring the body as you navigate down the hill. One of the ways you can help accomplish this is by utilizing plyometric exercises in your cross training programs. The following exercises will help recruit muscles to accomplish this but also challenge stability, power, and balance when appropriate.

  • Five stations
  • Lunge Hops
  • Squat Jumps
  • Skaters
  • Broad Jumps (progression burpee broad jumps)
  • Lunge to Knee Drive (jump)

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