$1 from every Cap10K entry fee benefits The Trail Foundation

An early morning walker enjoys the tranquil setting of Lady Bird Lake along the Roy and Ann Butler Hike and trail Wednesday August 26, 2015. The high temperatures were slated to stay below triple digits but the heat index could climb well into that range. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
An early morning walker enjoys the tranquil setting of Lady Bird Lake along the Roy and Ann Butler Hike and trail last August. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Austin runners know every curve, bridge and blooming red bud tree along the Butler Hike and Bike Trail around Lady Bird Lake.

When they register for the Statesman Capitol 10,000, they’ll be helping the Trail Foundation maintain and improve that trail.

For the second year in a row, race organizers will donate $1 from every entry fee to the foundation, which was instrumental in developing the boardwalk and installing new restrooms on the trail. Race participants can also make individual donations to the non-profit organization when they register; the Statesman will match them up to a total of $10,000.

Registration is $45 for adults or $30 for youth until Monday, when prices increase by $5.

The race is set for 8 a.m. Sunday, April 10.

Austinites participate in a grand promenade down the new 1.4-mile stretch of the long-awaited boardwalk on the Butler Trail around Lady Bird Lake. Saturday, June 7, 2014. Valentino Mauricio/For American-Statesman
This year’s Statesman Cap10K benefits The Trail Foundation. Valentino Mauricio/For American-Statesman

Funds raised during the Cap10K will support projects including the planned improvement of the trail bridge beneath Congress Avenue on the north side of the river and ongoing ecological restoration efforts along the pathway.

“The beloved Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake is the heart of Austin, and its impact can be seen in virtually every aspect of life in and around our city — it plays a critical role in health and wellness, and it enhances the quality of life in Austin, ultimately boosting our economy by helping to attract and retain employees,” Susan Rankin, executive director of The Trail Foundation, said in a press release.

The Trail Foundation will also give away native Texas wildflower seed packets and non-alcoholic margarita-flavored popsicles at the Health and Fitness Expo on April 8-9.

About 3,400 runners lined up for the first Cap 10K in 1978. Since then, the event, the largest 10K race in Texas, has grown to more than 18,000 registered participants.

For more information or to register, go here.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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