The Austin Marathon and Half Marathon® courses are USATF certified courses that run through some of Austin’s most scenic and historic areas, including Lady Bird Johnson Lake, the Allandale and Hyde Park neighborhoods, Congress Avenue, the University of Texas campus, and the State Capital complex.The gently rolling and shaded course is 90% asphalt with long straightaways and approximately 28 turns. The 26.2 course gains approximately 14 feet per mile over the first 17 miles before dropping over 33 feet per mile over the final 9 miles to the finish on Congress Avenue in the shadow of the State Capitol Building.
The Marathon route has a total ascent of 591 ft and has a maximum elevation of 764 ft. Starting elevation is 546 ft.
The Start Line of the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon is located at 16th Street and Congress Avenue. Start time for both the Austin Marathon and the Austin Half Marathon is at 7:00am CST. The start area is self-seeding based on the honor system. Pace signs, noting MARATHON finish goal times and pace per mile will be located throughout the start area. Pacers will also be on site holding pace signs for runners to line up near. Please seed yourself according to your expected pace or Marathon finish time to allow for the most efficient flow of runners through the Start Line.
Restrooms will be spread throughout the Start Area, near downtown parking garages, and in the Finish Area for your convenience. Please utilize the first restrooms you see on race morning.
Medical and information tents will also be located in the Start Area to assist with your last minute needs. Please plan ahead if possible.
Biking on race morning is encouraged. There will be a large, secure bike corral that will be staffed so you don’t even have to bring your lock!
With over 30 Austin bands to keep you motivated, from local Austin rock bands, to drummers, cheer groups and dance teams, we will help keep you moving and keep you entertained! Spectators along the course throughout each neighborhood will also support you in your efforts to meet your goal of finishing strong!
Lemon-Lime Endurance Formula Gatorade and water stations, will be located together at aid stations throughout the course. Gatorade will be provided first in the series of tables. Gatorade will also be provided in green Gatorade logo cups and will have Gatorade table skirts to help visually. Water will be provided second in the series of tables, after Gatorade. Individual volunteers will be announcing the beverage they are offering as well. Course maps indicate the location and also the side of the road that aid stations will be on. (water, Water Monsters for refilling, Gatorade, and food will also be supplied in the finish area.)
G Series Pro Carb Energy Chews (Orange or Fruit Punch) will be given out shortly before the Water Stop at Mile 17. If you train with gels during your run, please remember to train with the G Series Pro Carb Energy Chews to insure your training plan matches up with your race day experience!
Seton Health Care Systems medical teams will be located at each aid station, marked by red “Medical Station” Seton signage, at the end of the aid zone.
Restrooms will be located at every aid station at every aid station along the course. There will be at least four restrooms at each station.
CLOCKS & MILE MARKERS
Digital clocks will be located every 5k on both the Marathon and Half Marathon courses. These clocks will be based on gun time.
Mile markers will be located every mile with raised event signage on both the Marathon and Half Marathon courses.
The Finish Line of the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon is located at 10th Street and Congress Avenue, just south of the Texas State Capitol Building. Once crossing the finish line, runners will be given their finishers medals, heat sheets (if necessary), water, a chocolate or vanilla Gatorade Protein recovery shake, as well as additional Gatorade, recovery food supplied by HEB, and photo opportunities by MarathonFoto.
Restrooms will be located throughout the area.
Gear Check will be available for those who will be claiming bags that were dropped off before the race.
There is no official family reunion area. Please plan to meet you family at a designated location. We suggest the food court area near the main stage!
Bring Cash: Please plan to bring cash, as not all vendors may be able to accept credit cards. Delicious local Austin food trucks will be offering tacos, acai bowls, hot dogs, burgers, and more. The merchandise trailer will be on site for those interested in purchasing cool official race merchandise. And several vendors will also be on site offering exciting race services and products.
The top three male and females in the following age groups will be contacted after the race to claim their awards: 19 and under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+. Also, the overall three male and female finishers in the military division will receive awards, as well as the top finisher in the wheelchair division and the Couples Challenge division.