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Nearly 12,000 runners take over Austin's downtown in Capitol 10k

Despite early morning showers rumbling through Austin today, nearly 12,000 runners gathered at Congress Avenue and Riverside Avenue to tackle the 37th annual Statesman Capitol 10,000, best known as the "Cap 10k" by locals.

Scott MacPherson took first place with time of 29:36, followed by Devin Monson and David Fuentes. Among the women, Chris Kimbrough took first place with a time of 35:56 followed by Amy Shackelford in second with a time of 36:19.

The Cap10k is the largest 10k in Texas and one of the top 10 largest in the nation. Women led participation numbers in the race with 6,409 finishers, compared to 5,583 male finishers. The average time for women finishers was 1 hour and 19 minutes, just slightly slower than males, who recorded an average time of 1 hour and seven minutes.

The race, which kicked off at 8 a.m., heads towards the Capitol Building on Congress Avenue, where runners take a turn on E. 11th Street, followed by a left turn on San Jacinto Boulevard and another left on E. 15th Street.

From downtown, the race continues down Lake Travis Boulevard before heading back into the downtown area. Here, runners end up on Cesar Chavez Street before turning down the 1st Street Bridge and finishing on Riverside Drive.

The Cap10k is organized by the Austin-American Statesman. Key sponsors for the race and finish-line festivities include H-E-B, Whataburger, Gold's Gym and Chipotle.

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