Cap10K lands Baylor Scott & White Health as new presenting sponsor

Ted Koy, left, a veteran of 27 Cap 10K's, stretches as he nears the start of the 2015 Statesman Capitol 10K along with Nancy Gomez, right. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Ted Koy, left, a veteran of 27 Cap 10K’s, stretches as he nears the start of the 2015 Statesman Capitol 10K along with Nancy Gomez, right.
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The Statesman Capitol 10,000 has landed a new presenting sponsor – Baylor Scott & White Health.

The annual race, featuring thousands of runners, many in costume, streaming up Congress Avenue and west over the big hills of Enfield Drive, tops the list of largest 10K races in Texas. This year’s event is set for April 10.

The 2015 Statesman Capitol 10K unfolded under foggy skies and a slight drizzle. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The 2015 Statesman Capitol 10K unfolded under foggy skies and a slight drizzle.
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“What a well-matched sponsorship: The largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and the largest 10K in Texas,” said Susie Gray, publisher of the Austin American-Statesman. “Through Baylor Scott & White Health’s significant sponsorship support, this beloved community race will continue to celebrate fitness, fun and family.”

Jay Fox, president of Baylor Scott & White Austin/Round Rock Region, said the company is committed to the health of its communities. “Supporting such an event, which is an example of individuals taking positive action for their own fitness, is directly in line with our population health mission,” he said.

Costumes are popular at the annual rite of spring.  RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Costumes are popular at the annual rite of spring.
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About 4,500 people have registered so far for the 2016 running of what’s become a rite of

Leo Manzano poses with Jeff Simecek, race director of the Statesman Capitol 10,000.  Photo by Nell Carroll
Leo Manzano poses with Jeff Simecek, race director of the Statesman Capitol 10,000. Photo by Nell Carroll

spring in Austin. That’s ahead of last year’s sign up pace, notes race director Jeff Simecek.

Long-time Austin runners might remember the early days of the race, which started in 1978 with 3,400 participants. The 2015 edition drew more than 18,000 registered runners and walkers.

The 2016 Cap10K will benefit The Trail Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps protect and enhance the Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano will serve as race ambassador.

For more information or to register, go here.

 

Cyclists plan rally in support of keeping bike lanes on Mesa Drive

Some neighbors are trying to get these bike lanes on Mesa Drive, between Cat Mountain Drive and Far West Boulevard, removed. Photo courtesy Bike Austin
Some neighbors want these bike lanes on Mesa Drive, between Cat Mountain Drive and Far West Boulevard, removed. Photo courtesy Bike Austin

 

Want the bike lanes on Mesa Drive to stay put?

Bicyclists are encouraged to attend the Mesa Drive Family Walk and Ride at 10 a.m. Saturday to show their support for the stretch of bike lane on Mesa Drive between Cat Mountain Drive and Far West Boulevard.

At the request of a group of residents, City of Austin officials have proposed replacing the bike lanes with shoulders for car parking.

Not everyone wants that to happen. More than 800 Northwest Hills residents have signed a petition in support of keeping the lanes. (You can sign the petition here.)

The lanes would be replaced with car parking. Photo courtesy Bike Austin
The lanes would be replaced with car parking. Photo courtesy Bike Austin

 

Northwest Hills families and staff members of Bike Austin, a non-profit bicycle advocacy group that encourages people to ride bikes for transportation, exercise and recreation, will speak at the rally. Afterward, two rides are planned – a short, family-friendly ride and walk along the portion of bike lane in question, and a longer ride around the neighborhood geared toward adults.

“There’s a lot of kids who use (the bike lane),” says Mercedes Feris, executive director of Bike Austin, which is organizing the event. “We want to keep moving forward … and by doing this you’re taking a step backward in terms of safety for our kids and safe alternate modes of transportation.”

Bicyclists are invited to attend a rally Saturday to support keeping bike lanes on Mesa Drive. MARK MATSON for AAS
Bicyclists are invited to attend a rally Saturday to support keeping bike lanes on Mesa Drive. MARK MATSON for AAS

 

 

Austin Jingle Bell 5K set for Dec. 13 at Camp Mabry

Participants in the Austin Jingle Bell 5K wear bells as they run. Photo courtesy Austin Jingle Bell 5K
Participants in the Austin Jingle Bell 5K wear bells as they run. Photo courtesy Austin Jingle Bell 5K

What’s better than the sound of shoes slapping pavement during a running race? That sound plus the jangle of holiday bells, of course.

Organizers of the Austin Jingle Bell 5K, set this year for Sunday, Dec. 13, hand out a pair of jingle bells to each participant to wear during the run. All those bells create a festive atmosphere at the family-friendly race, which includes a 5K timed run and a 1K fun run for kids.

Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance, and don’t be surprised to see folks dressed as everything from Christmas trees to elves dashing along the course.

Santa Claus will make an appearance at the Jingle Bell 5K. Photo courtesy Austin Jingle Bell 5K
Santa Claus will make an appearance at the Jingle Bell 5K. Photo courtesy Austin Jingle Bell 5K

The race celebrates its 18th running this year.

The kids race starts at 8 a.m., followed by the timed 5K at 8:30 a.m., at Camp Mabry, 2210 West 35th Street. Proceeds benefit Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Entry fee is $35 for the timed 5K ($30 after Dec. 6), $15 for ages 17 and under ($20 after Dec. 6), or $10 for the 1K fun run. Use the code Austin360 for a 10 percent discount when you sign up. To register go here.

Packet pickup will take place at Ready to Run, 3616 Far West Boulevard, from noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 12.

 

Austin Fit Walking Program gears up for 2016

Kay Horn, an assistant coach, front left, leads this beginning walking group called Art of Fitness that meets week nights in a shopping center on Far West Blvd to walk the neighborhood for low-impact exercise. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Kay Horn, an assistant coach, front left, leads the Art of Fitness walking group in this file photo from May 2015. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

 

I learned last May when I dropped in on a training session with the Austin Fit Walking Program that it’s not always about speed. (Read my story here.)

Some folks prefer to walk for fitness. It offers many of the same benefits, and for many, it’s more inviting and less intimidating. Plus, it’s a great way to socialize.

The Austin Fit Walking Program will celebrate its 20th season this year. A party is set for Saturday. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
The Austin Fit Walking Program will celebrate its 20th season this year. A party is set for Saturday. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The Austin Fit Walking Program will celebrate 20 years and kick off its upcoming training programs with a party at 10 a.m. Saturday at the South Austin Food Trailer Eatery, 1311 South First Street.

The organization will offer three training programs starting in January:

  • Spring Traditional Half Marathon Training Program: This 17-week program helps participants prepare for a 13.1-mile half marathon. Members get a medal and shirt. The group meets at 7:30 a.m. Saturdays starting Jan. 9 at the Austin Recreation Center, 1301 Shoal Creek Boulevard. Cost is $120.
  • The Art of Fitness: This eight-week interval-based beginner program is comprised of a small group of fitness walkers focused on improving their walking pace. Meets at 6:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Jan. 12. Multiple locations are offered – the Austin Emergency Center at 3563 Far West Boulevard, or the Austin Emergency Center at 13435 U.S. Highway 183. Cost is $60.
  • Outpost Elgin: This 10-week training program for beginners leads up to the Super Hero Race. Meets at 7 p.m. starting Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Veteran Park, 109 Depot Street. Cost is $75.

For more information, or to register online, go here.