The 38th annual Austin American Statesman Capitol 10,000—Austin’s annual spring fling and the largest 10-K in Texas—gets underway Sunday morning (April 12) at 8 a.m. at its traditional starting point on S. Congress Avenue at Barton Springs Road, right across the street from the Austin Statesman. Nearly 20,000 runners, walkers and a wide variety of other costumed things are expected. Last year, more than 16,000 participated in the Cap 10.
In the three prior editions of the Austin 10/20, the race has been largely dominated by the Kenyans who have been drawn by the fast course and lucrative prize money. But on Sunday morning at the wind tunnel known as The Domain in north Austin, a few Texans got into the mix.
Now that all the major winter races are in our rear view mirror, the spring racing season begins this Sunday with a relatively new but high quality race: The Austin 10/20. It's a 10-mile race and will be held on Sunday (March 29), starting at 8 at The Domain for the fourth straight year.
Zooma Racing Series will return to Bastrop, Texas on Saturday, March 28th for the seventh annual Half Marathon, 10K and 5K held at Hyatt Lost Pines Resort. With it's annual early spring date it will be yet another great year of bluebonnets and other memorable Texas scenery. While the mostly out-and-back course is hilly, getting lost in the surroundings makes up for it as you soak in the pristine landscape.
The Army Marathon and Half Marathon can't seem to catch a break. Last year, the runners endured freezing temps, ferocious north winds with sleet and rain. On Sunday, it was more of the same.
The 37th annual Cowtown Marathon is currently planning to continue as originally scheduled but race organizers are closely watching the weather for potential changes. Yesterday evening the following message was sent out to participants and media:
Even though most of the majors in the Texas winter marathon season—Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas—have already been held (Cowtown and The Woodlands are this weekend), there's still one relatively small Central Texas marathon: The Army Marathon which will be held on Sunday (March 1). This race, in just its third year, will have about [...]
One of the Golden Rules of marathoning is a good day for spectators is a bad day for racing. For the third year in a row, temps were ideal for marathon-watching but brutal for marathon running. Actually, the temps weren't all that bad
By any measure, this is the best weekend of the year for the Austin running community. The level of excitement is palpable as Marathon Sunday approaches. The Austin Marathon and its much larger half are the most prominent events we have that draw the greatest number of out-of-town runners to our fair—running—city. More than half of the registered runners are from outside of the Austin metro.
The Austin Marathon/Half Marathon is going to be here before you know it. If you're one of the 17,000 who are running, this final week will feel like it drags on forever. But trust me on this one: Marathon Sunday--February 15th--is right around the corner.
There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the key to having a good race during next Sunday's Austin Marathon or Half Marathon (February 15th) are the numerous hills that punctuate both courses. Push too hard on the uphills and you'll run out of gas. Fly down some of the steep downhills and you'll pound your quads and have nothing left for the tougher portions.
With the many months of difficult training behind you, the final two weeks before the 2015 Austin Marathon should be a breeze. All the hard work is over and hopefully, you’ve done everything you possibly can to prepare for the 26.2-mile test on February 15th .
Will Nation can relate. Road-racing experience? Local knowledge? Forget about it. Who needs it? Certainly, not Nation. The 22-year-old recent UT grad won the 3M Half Marathon on Sunday and believe it or not, it was the very first road race of his life. Not just recent college life where track coaches tend to frown on extracurricular activities, such as a frivolous road race.
On-line registration closes tonight (January 21st) at midnight for the crown jewel of the Austin racing season: The 3M Half Marathon. Long recognized as one of the top half marathons in the country, 3M has earned national recognition due to its lightning-fast, north-to-south course, peerless race organization and over-the-top goodie bag of 3M products.
CEDAR PARK--The one big question looming over the third annual Rogue Distance Festival was whether it would even be held or not. The forecast for Sunday morning was pretty depressing. Ice, rain and the same bitter cold weather Austin has suffered through for the past week. But, the overnight rain cleared out and even though [...]