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Runners meet up for successful Capital 10k

Chloe Strader and Hallie Locke

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Runners attended the 42nd annual Capital 10k on April 7. With 23,200+ registered racers scheduled for the event it was sure to be buoyant. The Capital 10k is the sixth largest 10k in the nation. Many students and faculty attended the 6.2 mile Austin tradition.

“I ran with my Dad, it was our first 10k. We have been working really hard to get in better shape together, we thought it was cool to literally run around downtown,” junior Raylin Said said. “We eat at the restaurants all the time. To go downtown and actually run helped us find another activity that we could do there together.”

The run posed many obstacles, with the sheer distance, many runners struggled to finish. With the added terrain like hills and crowding, many exerted more effort than they had planned.

“The run started to get difficult for me around mile three, it had lots of hills, no one likes running up hills,” journalism teacher Lela Coker said. “The distance was also a challenge, I haven’t been training for very long, it was definitely a challenge, but I’m glad I did it.”

Aside from the added terrain the weather was also colder than expected. Many individuals had to wear warmer clothing to protect themselves from the bitter weather.

“I had to wear a compression shirt underneath my 10k T-shirt to keep myself warm,” Said said. I decided to wear shorts which was a “BIG MISTAKE”, my legs were so cold!”

Aside from the treacherous weather the runners had great energy and a positive attitude heading onto the trail. This can partly be attributed to a healthy and protein packed breakfast.

“I ate a granola bar and a banana when I first woke up followed by a piece of peanut butter toast and water on the way to the capital,” Said said. “I’m glad I spaced out the heartier breakfast, because I ended up having a lot of energy before the run was even started.”

Overall the run was a success and many of the runners plan to continue the Austin tradition, and maybe create one of their own.

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Runners meet up for successful Capital 10k