Statesman Cap10K to hand out medals in 2018

For the first time ever, finishers of the Statesman Cap10K will get a medal.

Nobody runs just for the medal – at least we don’t think they do. But there’s something to be said for holding a hefty medallion in your hand after you’ve crossed the finish line of a race.

For the first time in 2018, everyone who finishes the Statesman Capitol 10,000 will get a shiny medal, to have and to hold. The race, the largest 10K in Texas, is set for April 8. You can register here.

In other Cap10K news, race director Jeff Simecek announced today that Leo Manzano, who won a silver medal in the 1,500 meters at the 2012 London Olympics, will return as race ambassador.

Leo Manzano runs on the Butler Trail around Lady Bird Lake. Photo by Nell Carroll/Austin American-Statesman

Manzano was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when he was 4. A five-time NCAA champion and nine-time All-American at the University of Texas, he’s known for his famous finishing kick.

RELATED: Manzano seizes silver medal in 1,500 meters 

Also making an encore as race beneficiary is the Austin Parks Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with volunteers to improve parks in and around Austin. Last year the organization received more than $40,000 from the Cap10K.

RELATED: The Statesman Cap10K celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. 

One dollar from each registration for the 2018 Cap10K will go to Austin Parks Foundation. The Statesman will donate up to $10,000 in additional participant donations.

The Cap10K began in 1978 with 3,400 participants. In 2017, the race had 21,390 registered participants. Additional race information is available here.

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