Austin parks will get a boost from next year’s Statesman Capitol 10,000.
Race officials today announced that the Austin Parks Foundation will receive $1 from every registration for the 40th annual race, set for April 23, 2017.
The non-profit Austin Parks Foundation was established in 1992. It fills the funding gap needed to develop, maintain and enhance the area’s more than 300 parks, trails and green spaces. Since 2006, it has awarded more than $2 million in grants.
“Austin parks are fundamental to the exceptional quality of life we enjoy in our city, providing a variety of resources and recreation for tens of thousands of Austinites every day,” Colin Wallis, executive director of Austin Parks Foundation, said in a press release. “Financial support, like that from the Statesman Cap10K, will ensure our growing city has safe, beautiful and high-quality green spaces today and for generations to come.”
Cap10K registration is open at cap10K.com. When registering, race participants can also make an additional donation to the Austin Parks Foundation; the Statesman will match donations up to $10,000.
The Cap10K is the largest 10K race in Texas and one of the top 10 in the nation. It began in 1978 with 3,400 participants. In 2016, the race had more than 20,500 registered participants.