Texas Wildflower Run

Sat., February 22, 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)
CPR Training: 8:45, 9:00, 9:15, & 9:30AM
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: 7:04 a.m.
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 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 to 5.5-mile run along beautiful Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.
  • Free copy of the Statesman’s 2020 wall calendar.
  • Packet of Texas wildflower seeds to spread along trail or keep for home garden.
  • 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 bumper sticker.
  • 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 next to the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue or the Austin skyline.
  • 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. Pay homage to a musician as big as Texas–the Stevie Ray Vaughan statues sits along the trail route this week.  Snap your best air guitar with Stevie.

Winner Prizes
to be announced soon

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 2/22/20.  Winners announced and contacted on 2/24/20.

stevie ray statue

CPR Training

The founding principles of The Expedition School are to strengthen our community through transformative outdoor programming, safety education courses, and medical support. Hence, it is our goal is to enrich the lives of many individuals who would not otherwise have access to safe, professional, free or affordable outdoor programming. We are proud to partner with the Statesman Cap10K to continue building enriching relationships throughout the community that will positively contribute to a safe race for 2020!

In order to keep our communities, runners, and fellow athletes safe, we need to know what to do in times of an emergency! Join the The Expedition School and its Medical Team as they lead crash courses in CPR and emergency readiness. Learn how to: size up a scene, perform a primary patient assessment, and perform chest compressions.
 
CPR Lessons at 8:45, 9:00, 9:15, and 9:30AM
 
Learn from us. Save a life. Change the world.

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 Texas Wildflower Run is a traditional 3 to 5.5-mile route that travels on the Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail along Lady Bird Lake. One of the best times of the year to plant wildflower seeds in Texas is late winter before the spring showers. At the event native Texas wildflower seed packets will be provided, and with your assistance we will help Mother Nature get a head start on covering the trail with vibrant spring colors. There a several green spaces along the trail that are sheltered from spring time grass mowing and we will attempt to seed these areas. Texas Wildflower seed packets provided and enjoy Ruta Maya Coffee and other Wholy Bagels when you finish.

Starting from the Statesman’s East parking lot we will head towards the lake and connect with the Lady Bird Lake trailhead. Utilizing various bridge crossing you can decide how long to make your personal wildflower run. The main trail follows the south shoreline westward to the MoPac Expressway pedestrian bridge. As long as you always keep the river on your right you shouldn’t get lost on your loop. At the MoPac Bridge the trail crosses the river and returns back along the north shoreline to the Congress Ave. Bridge.

If you turn and cross the river at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge and return along the north shoreline to the Congress Ave. Bridge it will be a 3-mile loop. If you go all the way down to the MoPac Bridge and loop back along the north shoreline to Congress Ave. it will be a 5.5-mile loop. Of course you can always go out and U-turn at any point to make an even out ‘n’ back distance.

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 Texas Wildflower Run photos using our official hashtags: #TXWildflowers, Run, #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.

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