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The Capitol 10K in Austin, Texas is simply amazing. It was recommended to me by a friend from Austin (I live in Dallas) so I decided to make a weekend trip of it. She made it sound worth the 3 hour drive there and back - and it was!
I drove down on Saturday and wend straight to the Expo at the Palmer Events Center. It was a nice, big, convention center. The Expo was perfect - exactly what I like from an expo - lots of space, easy to pick up your bib and shirt, then lots of vendors (and free stuff!). The vendors were great and had lot of samples, there were little spots where you could take a bib photo, and lots of friendly people. Parking/access was easy enough for the Expo and the hotel was just down the street.
Swag was great - a tech race shirt and the medals were neat. They also had BOGO race shirts after the race that had a map on the back. I loved those!
I stayed at one of the race-recommended hotels at the special rate - the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Austin/Convention Center. It was super fancy for me so it was a good time! I wish it included breakfast but there is a $15 all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet so I opted for that after the race.
Race morning went smoothly - really, I could/should have just walked from the hotel to the Start line but I didn't even realize how close it was until my Lyft driver dropped me off after driving for about 2 minutes! I knew I'd just walk back afterwards! (Hotel to/from Start/Finish was about 1.8 miles)
I got there around 7:30-40 and race Start was at 8:00am for corral A (10 minutes between corral Start times). This gave me plenty of time to warm up, take pictures, and soak in the gorgeous view. The Start is right on the Ann Richard's Bridge. Gorgeous.
The entire course was very scenic. Time flew and I wish I could've just taken pictures of everything. It was really beautiful and unique. I was so glad to be there! The weather was nice (40 - a bit chilly but perfect for running!) and everyone was just happy. The course WAS hilly. Just enough for a challenge but not enough for me to say I'd never do it again. Just be prepared. They do have a "King and Queen of the Hill" challenge and award that I might attempt next time! Pretty cool.
There were over 20,000 runners registered for this race and I can totally see why. The organization is exceptional, great volunteers and vendors, unique city, and overall just a really fun weekend. I highly recommend this race!