Next Wednesday is Global Running Day, so you’re pretty much required to go for a run, right?
We’ve got the event for you – and besides fun downtown runs of 3 or 6 miles, it includes chances to win free race entry into the Austin Marathon & Half Marathon or the Statesman Cap10K, a Timex Ironman watch or a Clif Bar cycling jersey. Plus everyone gets maps, bottled water, nutrition bars, samples of Nuun electrolyte drink and high fives. (Wear a race shirt from any Austin race and receive bonus raffle ticket.)
The free event starts at 6 p.m. in the west parking lot of the Austin American-Statesman, 305 South Congress Avenue. Look for the black Cap10K tent and white flags at the north end of the parking lot, near the bat observation center. Parking is free for those attending event; parking passes will be provided upon arrival.
The event is a self-guided and a self-paced activity that encourages participants to exercise to level of their individual ability. Maps will be provided. Baby joggers and pets on leashes are welcome.
Bring friends, family, co-workers and anyone else who seems interested. Bring your smart phone, too, to capture the fun and make your followers jealous. (Tag #GlobalRunningDay, @cap10k, @austinmarathon). La Fantabulous Cabo food truck will be on hand, selling tacos.
Here are the routes:3 Mile Route – Starting from the Statesman parking lot, you’ll pass the “Night Wings” statue as you head west on Barton Springs Road. You’ll run by a grove of pecan trees outside the Palmer Events Center, then turn at the Dougherty Arts Center and travel north through Butler Park. After crossing the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge over Lady Bird Lake, you’ll approach the newly renovated Seaholm Power Plant, then wind over to Whole Foods Market before turning toward Republic Square Park. From the park travel south to Cesar Chavez Street for a quick loop around Austin City Hall before jumping up to West Willie Nelson Boulevard and the Moody Theater. Finally, head back to Congress Avenue and cross the river to reach the Statesman parking lot where the run began. 6 Mile Route – Starting from the Statesman parking lot, you’ll pass the “Night Wings” as you head west on Barton Springs Road. You’ll run by a grove of pecan trees outside the Palmer Events Center, then turn at the Dougherty Arts Center and travels north through Butler Park. After crossing the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge over Lady Bird Lake, you’ll pass the newly renovated Seaholm Power Plant and continue north on West Avenue to 12th Street. From there, you’ll turn toward the State Capitol and continue east over Interstate 35. At Comal Street you’ll swing right, running past the George Washington Carver Museum and the Texas State Cemetery. At Fifth Street, you’ll turn right again and follow the pedestrian pathway alongside the Metro Rail Line toward the Austin Convention Center. At Congress, head south, crossing the river and returning to the Statesman.