The Statesman Capitol 10,000 has qualified as the largest 10K in Texas for decades — and in 2012 it ranked fifth nationally — but the Cap 10’s new race director, John Conley, holds an even bigger vision of the event.
The race reached its peak in 1987, when it drew 28,341 entrants, but fewer than 20,000 entered the 1991 race, and the Cap 10’s field didn’t climb back above 20,000 until 2010.
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Top 10 10K road races in the U.S.
According to Running USA, based upon total finishers these 10K races ranked 1 to 10 nationally in 2012:
1. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race;Atlanta, Ga.;58,043
2. Dick’s Sporting Goods Bolder Boulder;Boulder, Colo.;47,925
3. Cooper River Bridge Run;Charleston, S.C.;36,755
4. Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K;Richmond, Va.;33,329
5. Statesman Capitol 10,000;Austin;20,530*
6. Crescent City Classic;New Orleans;16,690
7. Bellin Run;Green Bay, Wis.;15,137
8. Thanksgiving Day Race;Cincinnati;14,862
9. Wharf to Wharf Race;Santa Cruz, Calif; 12,009
10. Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race;Pittsburgh, Pa.; 8.207
*Note: estimated finishers
Statesman Capitol 10,000
8 a.m. Sunday
Start: Barton Springs Road and South Congress Avenue
Finish: Auditorium Shores
How to register: statesman.com/s/cap10k/