20,000 hit the pavement for the Cap 10k



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Posted on April 8, 2013 at 7:15 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 7:11 AM

AUSTIN -- Nearly 20,000 runners hit the pavement Sunday morning for Statesman Capital 10,000 for a good cause.

A crowd of about 20,000 racers was a mix of Texans and people from as far away as Kenya.

They paced down the Congress Avenue bridge toward the Capitol, over Enfield Road, and across the First Street bridge to the finish line at Auditorium Shores.

The Cap 10k is the largest race of its kind in Texas and the fifth largest in the nation.

"This event covers the spectrum. So we have the elite athletes that are going after the city record or at least the event record today, all the way top your mid-pack people who are pretty serious, pretty fast, the back of the pack, the people who are hearty but they are here to party," said race director John Conley.

Each year one organization is named beneficiary of the race. This year it was Dell Children's Medical Center. Money raised will help fund an expansion at the hospital.

Rric Chirchir from Kenya won the men's race with a time of 29 minutes and 24 seconds. Betzy Jimenez won the women's race at just over 35 minutes.

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