We don't get many world championships around here, but the ATX has at least one it can be proud of: The Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships. For the second year, Austin will be the site, tomorrow night (Tuesday, December 1st). The best beer milers from all over North America will compete for serious prize money and world honors. The Beer Mile Worlds are on tap to begin at approximately 8:30 p.m.
Here in the ATX, nothing goes better with Thanksgiving than a Thundercloud. OK, not an actual sub (at least, not today), but Thanksgiving means the Thundercloud Subs Turkey Trot 5-Miler. It’s a great Austin tradition which will celebrate its 25th year on Thursday morning.
The irony of the ninth edition of the Run for the Water—a race dedicated to raising funds for water projects in Burundi--was there was plenty of water to go around. After Central Texas dried out [...]
Jack Murray, president of Bicycle World and one of the co-owners of High Five Events, sat down with Texas Running Post for coffee on Wednesday morning to discuss his company's purchase of the Austin Marathon from Conley Sports and the future of the race. High Five already manages the Capitol 10,000 and will manage the '17 edition of the 3M Half Marathon as well as the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon.
High Five Events of Austin has purchased Conley Sports from John and Stacey Conley, the long-time owners and producer of the Austin Marathon. High Five is owned and operated by Dan Carroll and Jack Murray and Stacy Keese, Murray's wife and business partner.
This Sunday will mark the ninth edition of the Gazelle Foundation's Run for the Water 10-Miler--one of the crown jewels of the Austin Distance Challenge. A record field of 6,000 is expected for this year’s races (including a 5-K and a Kids K) which promises to be the most prestigious and competitive in the race's history.
Word on the street is that summer is finally over and done with in Central Texas. Thank goodness. Marathon season has started all over the country with such great 26 milers as Twin Cities, St. George, Portland, Chicago, Columbus and Hartford already in the books. Soon to come are such established races as Marine Corps (on Sunday), New York City, Philadelphia as well as a trio of Texas marathons in San Antonio (December 6) and College Station and Dallas on December 13th.
There’s no better way to give summer the boot and usher in the fall racing season than with the annual meeting of the tribes this Friday night at the Zilker Relays. For the 13th year, the Zilker Relays will put a capper on the summer with a four-person, 10-mile relay around beautiful Zilker Park.
Those who have been around the Austin running scene for a few years remember the Summer Stampede events. The last one - which we wrote about here - was August 2013. And while it hasn't yet brought out Stampede icons Leslie Barclay and Frank Livaudais - Luke's Locker and Cadence Sports are on their way to returning a low-key, low-entry fee event to the market.
Spring has always meant 5-K racing season in Austin and even though that season is drawing to a close, there are still several races left such as the Ants in Your Pants in Pflugerville and the Daisy 5-K at Camp Mabry next weekend. But this Sunday is more jam packed than usual with options in just about every city from San Antonio to Dallas and Fredericksburg to Bryan/College Station. In total we have 29 event listings on our Race Calendar for May 2nd and 3rd.
Though the thunderstorms and lightning predicted by local meteorologists never materialized, a dense fog and 100 percent humidity blanketed downtown Austin at the 38th Annual Capitol 10,000 for the field of 20,000 runners. Former University of Texas All-American Erik Stanley toed the start line with his first 10K victory in mind despite whatever the weather threw at him. Stanley – now 30 and owner of Trail Roots Running Group – left the field early with only Rory Tunningley on his back shoulder. The two stuck together through the first four miles of the very hilly course, averaging right at five minutes per mile. It looked as though there might be a race today.
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.
The 88th running of the Nike Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays gets rolling tomorrow (Wednesday) at Mike Myers Stadium on the UT campus with two days of multi-events and some qualifying. The main distance events are scheduled
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 [...]
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.
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.