Most people consider the Statesman Capitol 10,000—set for April 8 at 8:00 a.m.—an annual rite of spring, but if you look at the Austin-area racing calendar, it’s just the tip of the iceberg! Get ready, because racing season is about to kick into high gear!

On Monday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m., join Ready to Run staff for the Pot O’ Gold Run through Northwest Hills. Run with, Austin Runners Club and Saucony…FREE and open to the public. Leashed pets and strollers are welcome.

Head out to Kyle on March 24 (8:00 a.m.) for the Chapa 5K. This race starts and finishes on the east side of I-35 at the Chapa Middle School. The first mile and half has some climbs, but you come back down for a fast finish in the second half.

Take your pick of spring races!

Or head in the opposite direction to Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock for the Lions Run for the Park 5K, also at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 24. This race is held in the same general area as the UIL state cross-country meet, and while not identical, features the same grass paths and rolling terrain. The start/finish is at the Lakeside Pavilion and the route s both the Lakeside and Creekside loop. There is one water stop on the course near the Rabb Pavilion approximately halfway through the course.

On March 31, head southeast for the Lockhart Kiwanis 5K Stampede, set for 8:00 a.m. at the First Lockhart Baptist Church on 315 W. Prairie Lea St. The course is described as “beautiful scenery of historical downtown Lockhart and a challenging but mainly flat course.” Runners and family are encouraged to stick around for the BBQ!

Want to try something a little different? How about the Wicked Wine Run 5K on March 31 at 5:30 p.m. at Spicewood Vineyards 1419 Burnet City Rd 409, Spicewood. Race through the vineyards and trails of the beautiful Spicewood Vineyards. Fun continues post-race with the Wicked Post Race Party, Food Trucks, a Live Band, and wine!

Bounce back from the Cap 10K with the Burnet Bluebonnet 5K/10K on Saturday, April 14, 8:00 a.m. at Burnet Chamber on the Square 229 South Pierce, Burnet. Runners will go around the historic square, and then continue through the scenic streets of Burnet and surrounding countryside. The course is rolling, while not overly challenging.

Lots to choose from here, but stay tuned to Ready to Run’s weekly Runblog for more upcoming events!