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The 10th Annual Keep Austin Weird Festival & 5k lives up to its name

Veronica Castelo
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People dressed up in fun and quirky costumes ran through the streets of downtown Austin Saturday night at the 10th Annual Keep Austin Weird 5k and Festival.  Runners endured the heat to enjoy a fun day at the Long Center for the Performing Arts before knocking out a 3.1 mile run.

CultureMap Austin teamed up with Treaty Oak Distillery, Dub Academy, and Catz Sports Performance to host one of 11 fun stops along the route.

The race benefits the Austin Parks Foundation, a nonprofit working to keep Austin's parks clean and beautiful.

Veronica Castelo
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Costumes are highly encouraged for this race, and this year's contestants did not disappoint. Among the runners were grapes, bats, monkeys, Ninja Turtles, adult babies and even The Ambiguously Gay Duo, Ace and Gary.

Veronica Castelo
Austin Photo Set_News_Keep Austin Weird_June 2012

CultureMap Austin teamed up with Treaty Oak Distillery, Dub Academy and Catz Sports Performance to host a fun stop along the route.

Veronica Castelo
Austin Photo Set_News_Keep Austin Weird_June 2012

Runners were encouraged to test their limbo skills at the CultureMap fun stop and obstacle course. 

Veronica Castelo
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Who needs water when you have rum and gin? These two runners stopped to hydrate before making their final push to the end.

Veronica Castelo
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The Ambiguously Gay Duo, Ace and Gary, made a surprise appearance at the fun stop. They are obvious fans of CultureMap. 

Veronica Castelo
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There was no stopping these American Gladiators who were on a mission to get to the finish line. The Eliminator is nothing compared to this 5k.

Veronica Castelo
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The race was a family friendly event benefiting the Austin Parks Foundation.