An overcast and balmy spring morning in Austin, Texas - not exactly 'perfect' running conditions - did little to prevent more than 20,000 participants from toeing the line at this year's Capitol 10,000. The race eclipse the 20K mark on Friday afternoon, a significant jump from previous years and a return to the days when the event was ranked among the biggest 10k's in the country.
On Tuesday, April 5th, William Dyson, of High Five Events, sat down with David Fuentes, 2016 Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier, to talk about the his involvement with this Sunday’s Cap10K, why he likes to lose, and how he kicks back when he’s not running. David also dishes out some advice for anyone looking to PR in their next marathon or half.
The 39th annual Austin American Statesman Capitol 10,000—Austin’s annual spring fling and one of the largest 10-Ks in the country—gets underway Sunday morning (April 10) at 8 a.m. at its traditional starting point on S. Congress Avenue at Barton Springs Road on the Ann Richards Bridge, 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 18,000 participated in the Cap 10.
An unseasonably cool April morning greeted more than 5,000 runners in north Austin for the fifth annual Austin 10/20, with temps starting out in the mid to low 40's. For a distance race in Central Texas, it couldn't get much better.
Now that all the major winter races are in our rear view mirror, the spring racing season heats up on Sunday with the Austin 10/20. It's a 10-mile race and will be held at The Domain in north Austin, beginning at 8 a.m.
On Sunday, March 20th, runners toed the start line in ideal running conditions. The vernal equinox, or first day of spring, brought about the perfect weather for the Lost Pines Trail Runs, held in Smithville, Texas. With temperatures in the low 40s at the start, participants began their race, either a 10K, half marathon, or marathon, on the challenging terrain at Rocky Hill Ranch. Austinites began to take over the race as temperatures began to slowly climb.
Earlier this week, William Dyson sat down with Paul Terranova, 2015 USATF Men's Master Trail Runner of the Year, to talk about the his upcoming race (Lost Pines Trail Marathon), his approach to running, and what occupies his mind on long runs other than Justin Bieber. Paul also doles out great advice that’s applicable to new and seasoned runners alike.
High Five Events, which owns and operates most of the high-profile multi-sports events in Central Texas, has pulled the plug on three popular summer races. High Five announced on Tuesday that it has canceled Skeese Greets and the Couples triathlons as well as the Dirty Du (a duathlon) and has passed on its operation of the Splash-n-Dash series to Pure Austin.
As had been rumored, Rogue Running pulled the plug on its Rogue Distance Festival in Cedar Park after four years. The Rogue Festival's primary race was its 30-K which has long been a mainstay of the Austin Distance Challenge.
Marathons aren't just tough to run and get through the 26.2 miles. It's tough to recover from one too. A marathon pushes the body to the max and stresses every part of your system and structure.
On a bittersweet morning for John and Stacy Conley and the staff of Conley Sports, the 25th annual Austin Marathon on Sunday morning was their final marathon after 19 years at the helm. But for three of the top four winners in the marathon and half marathon, it was a day of firsts.
My most memorable Austin Marathon was the one in 1989 run by RunTex which included a 5K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon. It was my very first running event, so I ran the 5K but was able to stick around at the end to watch the half marathoners finishing at the same time as the full marathoners due to the staggered start. It inspired me enough to continue my training so that I could go the full distance in 1992 when the current Austin Marathon race started.
This is a particularly noteworthy year for the Austin Marathon. The race celebrates its 25th year and it is also the final year of race director John Conley's ownership. After this year's race, High Five Events takes over direction and ownership of the Austin Marathon.
The US Olympic Marathon Trials will be held February 13th in Los Angeles and Austin will be well-represented with seven Trials qualifiers. None of the Austinites are expected to contend for one of top three spots for men and women who will go to the Olympics in Rio in August, but for five of the seven, just getting to the Trials has been a victory in itself. The only two with Trials experience - Allison Macsas and Scott MacPherson - are also the healthiest and have the best chance of being competitive in Los Angeles.
If you're planning to run the Austin Marathon on Sunday, you might have heard about the concept known as "carbohydrate-loading". If you're new to marathoning and unclear what it all means, it's an important concept to understand before this week's final countdown to marathon Sunday. (Carbo-loading isn't advantageous to half marathoners but it isn't harmful either.)
There is absolutely no question that the key to having a good race during next Sunday's Austin Marathon or Half Marathon (February 14th) is having a familiarity with the numerous hills that punctuate both courses. These hills must be run smoothly and well-paced. 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 uphill portions.
With the many months of difficult training behind you, the final two weeks before the 2016 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 14th
Don't look now, but the Austin Marathon is just over the horizon and it will be here on February 14th before you know it. If Austin is your first marathon, you need to start formulating a game plan today. You had a training plan to prepare you for the Austin Marathon; now you need a marathon plan. Failure to have a good one is a prescription for failure.
Jared and Megan Carson are expecting their first child—a son—any day now. The soon-to-be pops provided an early birthday present on Sunday morning by winning the 22nd annual 3M Half Marathon in 1:08:23. It was the first half marathon victory of Carson's life and it couldn't have come at a better time for the expectant parents.
In a city full of run-of-the-mill 5K's, the Austin Gorilla Run has always stood apart for it's uniqueness. Nowhere else can you sign up to support the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund and get a suit [...]
On-line registration closes tomorrow night (January 20) 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 fast, north-to-south course, peerless race organization and over-the-top goodie bag of 3M products.
HOUSTON - Austinites were so much in evidence in Houston this weekend running the Chevron Marathon, Aramco Half or the ABB 5-K, that it was difficult wherever one went - expo, starting lines, restaurants - to not run into a fellow Austin runner or clumps of them. Every training group from Austin was well-represented with herds of Gilberts Gazelles, Rogue Runners and other groups cruising around downtown.
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The 4th Annual Rogue Distance Festival, which will be held this Sunday (January 10th) in Cedar Park, has plenty to offer: Two race distances held at virtually the same time on a very flat, fast course, with good logistics and a warm, dry spot for pre and post-race activities.