Editor’s note: This article was originally published January 14, 2014
Update — the website to register for the Sunshine Run is http://austinsunshinerun.com.
Runners, look for a couple of big changes on the 2014 race calendar.
The Schlotzsky’s Bun Run, long a harbinger of springtime in Austin, won’t take place this April. Organizers say they plan to reschedule the race in the fall, although a location and date have not yet been confirmed. The race has a new beneficiary, too - the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
"We did not abandon the Bun Run, we are still having the race, we are not leaving Austin," says Amanda Palm, communications manager for Schlotzsky’s. "It’s just benefiting a new group."
Runners looking for a spring race have a new option. The Young Men’s Business League of Austin, the long-time organizer of the Bun Run, will introduce a new event called the Silicon Labs Sunshine Run, and it’s set for April 27.
The Sunshine Run, like the old Bun Run, will include a 5K, a timed or untimed 10K, and a Kids K. The out-and-back course remains roughly the same, too - starting at the Palmer Events Center, crossing Lady Bird Lake and heading west on Cesar Chavez Boulevard.
Like its predecessor, the Sunshine Run will benefit Sunshine Camps of Austin, which serves at-risk youth through week-long summer camps, tutoring and mentoring, and leadership training. Last year’s Bun Run raised more than $40,000 for the organization. Race registration will open next week at www.sunshinecamps.org or www.austinymbl.org.
"We want people to have fun with it. Bring your dogs on leashes, bring your children, your parents - Sunshine Camps is about families, so it’s important the race reflects that," says Carol Thomas, director of development for Sunshine Camps.
Schlotzsky’s switched the beneficiary of its Bun Run to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation after adopting the organization as its new corporate charity in 2012. The organization, which works to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes, is based in New York but has a chapter in Austin. Schlotzsky’s will still support the Young Men’s Business League locally, through its Austin restaurants, Palm says.
Both races expect to draw about 4,000 participants.