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Statesman Cap10K drops kids’ race, adds start waves

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 29, 2014

Changes are in store for next year’s Statesman Capitol 10,000.

The long-time 10K race, which will mark its 38th running in 2015, is dropping the CapKids Run and creating staggered starting waves in the main race.

Race organizers say they want to focus resources on enhancing the main race. Small children in strollers can still participate in a new stroller/family wave, and older children can run with their families. A new CapKids Zone finish line festival will feature face painting, a petting zoo and a rock-climbing wall.

“We’re still encouraging families to participate and if you want to walk it you can,” says race director Tracey Kennedy. “And we’re not wiping (the kids’ race) away completely - we may bring something back, whether it’s on the same day or a different day.”

The main race will incorporate elementary schools into its Cap10K School Challenges, rounding out a program that already includes middle and high schools. The race will continue to offer special race entry fees for youth participants.

The race is set for April 12, 2015. Registration opens Oct. 1.

Participants will estimate their finish time when they register for the race, and they’ll be placed into starting waves based on that time.

The staggered starting waves will keep slower runners from getting in the way of faster athletes, and ease congestion at the finish line, Kennedy says. The waves will start a minute or two apart, with fastest runners going first and more recreational runners going later.

“I think it creates a better start experience for people,” Kennedy says. “We’re really taking a lot of effort this year to focus on race experience.”