For over 35 years, the Austin American Statesman Capitol 10,000 Run and Walk has attracted not only the silly in crazy costumes, but wheelchair athletes and serious runners. The Statesman Capitol 10,000 is the largest 10K in Texas and the fifth largest in the nation. This is a fun, festive athletic event suitable for the entire family and has become an annual rite of spring in Austin. The running event includes the Statesman Cap 10K (Timed); Statesman Cap 10K - Fun Run & Walk (Untimed); Statesman Cap 10K Youth For 8 Years Old And Under (Timed) and Statesman Cap 10K Youth For 8 Years Old And Under Fun Run And Walk (Untimed). Only timed runners are eligible for awards. Registration takes place online, by US mail, or in-person Cap 10K Health And Fitness Expo at the Austin Convention Center on the Friday and Saturday before the race. The date for the 2013 Statesman Capitol 10,000 is Sunday, April 7, 2013.
The Austin Grand Prix is Austin-centric online community supporting motorsports and events at The Circuit of The Americas racetrack currently under construction in Austin. Austin will serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix for years 2012 through 2021. The goal of the Austin Grand Prix website is to serve as a conduit for news about Formula One Grand Prix in Austin and International Grand Prix events around the world as well as provide information race fans that will be visitors to Austin.
The Cap 2K is an open water swim race and fundraiser for Friends of Deep Eddy Pool that annually takes place on a Sunday in May on Lady Bird Lake Lake, the section of the Colorado River that runs through the heart of Austin. The 2,000-meter race goes downstream from Red Bud Isle to the Texas Rowing Center near Austin High School and ends with an awards ceremony, picnic and celebration at Eilers Park adjacent to Deep Eddy Pool. First staged in 2003, the race averages 200 swimmers. It is illegal to swim in Town Lake without special permission from the City of Austin due to fluxuating currents from the dam release and lake traffic, so the Cap 2K is a rare opportunity to swim in Lady Bird Lake.
For over ten years, this annual event has celebrated what makes Austin special. The Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K includes music, costumes, vendors and what is unofficially known as “the slowest 5K you’ll ever run” as most participants run, skip or race three-legged through the streets of downtown Austin wearing wacky costumes. The music begins in the afternoon and the Keep Austin Weird race begins in the evening. The weirdest costume in the race wins a cash prize. Proceeds from the Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K benefit the Austin Parks Foundation, a non profit working towards improving and maintaining the natural beauty of Austin including ecological restoration and the development of new walking trails. The date for the 2013 Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2013.
Run Like The Wind is a 5K dog-friendly run and walk event benefiting the Schrodi Memorial Training Fund, a scholarship program administered by Animal Trustees of Austin that helps keep dogs in their homes and out of shelters. There is also a Kids K and chip-timed 3-hour to 24-hour ultra-run. Run Like The Wind takes place on the tree canopied and mulch covered 1K trails of The Canine Center for Training and Behavior north of the Y in Oak Hill. Run Like The Wind also features an auction, food and pet massages. The 2011 Run Like The Wind is scheduled for Saturday, December 3.