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Coronavirus: Austin's Cap10K run canceled for 2020

The cancellation comes after the city of Austin banned gatherings of 250 people or more to tackle the spread of COVID-19.

AUSTIN, Texas — For the second year in a row, the Statesman Capitol 10,000 run (Cap10K), scheduled for April 5, has been canceled, the Statesman confirmed in a statement on Saturday.

The cancellation comes after the city of Austin banned gatherings of 250 people or more to tackle the spread of COVID-19. That order remains in effect until at least May 1. The City will not allow the event to be rescheduled in 2020, the Statesman said.

For the first time in its history, the Cap10K event was canceled last year thanks to weather.

“While we know that the cancellation of the 2020 Cap10K is disappointing to the more than 26,000 registered runners, we accept the City’s decision. We place the safety of our participants, sponsors, volunteers and staff first,” said Jeff Simecek, Statesman Cap10K race director. “We’re working diligently on a series of solutions. At this point, in either May or June after the critical coronavirus period has passed, we’ll invite participants to pick up their 2020 race shirt, bib and finisher’s medal.”

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Simecek said runners are invited to complete a Cap10K 6.2-mile virtual race when it’s convenient for them and to share and tag their photos and videos with the hashtag #Cap10Kvirtualrace.

All registered participants will receive email communication with more information, Simecek said.

The Cap10K is the largest 10K race in Texas. KVUE is a sponsor, and KVUE's Quita Culpepper and Tony Plohetski were set to emcee the event.

Next year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, April 11.

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