OK, so you haven't been training like a cardio junkie the past three months.
No worries. The Statesman Capitol 10,000 looms on the horizon, but this is not the Olympics. You can run it if you want, but you can also trot, perambulate or waddle through the largest 10K race in the state.
The run, set this year for Sunday, is an annual rite of spring here in Austin. Start time is 8:30 a.m. for wheelchair athletes, 9 a.m. for timed runners and 9:05 a.m. for the fun run and walk.
The course starts on Congress Avenue near the river, heads north to the Capitol, turns west on 15th Street and Enfield Road, crosses underneath Loop 1, dips south on Winsted Lane to Cesar Chavez Street and finishes near Auditorium Shores.
You'll be in good company. Attendance peaked in 1987, when a whopping 28,341 people registered for the event. It dropped a bit in subsequent years, but has been on the uptick again. Last year, 20,146 people — the fifth most in the race's 33-year history — signed up.
H.E.B. will sponsor a costume contest with three categories, one for people who dress as their favorite Texas item, icon or place; another for teams of four who dress like fresh produce; and one for those who dress to reflect any of the store's "green" initiatives.
Entry fee is $35 for the timed run or $30 for the untimed run at www.cap10k.com . A portion of proceeds benefits the Austin Children's Shelter and Statesman Swim Safe for Austin Kids.
— Pam LeBlanc