Time to gear up for the most festive runs of the year, folks. Whether you’d rather join a jingling herd of bell-wearing runners, sprint through the Trail of Lights or cruise through the Mueller neighborhood alongside carolers, Austin’s got a run for you.
Results from across Central Texas including Austin, San Marcos, College Station and more!
Plenty of running gear passes through our office each year, but when heading out on a run we often find ourselves reaching for a few select items, time and again. With the holidays approaching, we’d like to tip our running cap to the new products that stood out from the pack. Consider this Gear-of-the-Year list our gift to you. Use it to shop for others—or, even better, for yourself.
After winning the Rock ’n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon in 2:31:19 Sunday morning, Michael Wardian did many of the things you’d expect from someone in that situation: head back to his hotel for a quick shower, put on compression gear, grab a bite to eat at the airport. What you wouldn’t expect is that the marathon victor would board a plane not for home, but to the site of his second marathon of the day.
Wardian, 39, has always taken the unconventional route for someone with a 2:17 marathon PR. He didn’t start running competitively until after college, where he was on the Michigan State University lacrosse team.
Need motivation to run fast? If you set a personal record at the Austin Marathon or Half Marathon this year, you’ll be invited behind the red velvet ropes and stanchions at the finish line for a chance to bang the race’s new PR gong.
To test just how awesome that would be, I charged right over to the marathon offices, where race director John Conley handed me a gigantic wooden mallet and let me take a swing.
Zaha Hadid’s competition-winning design for the new 80,000-seat stadium was approved by the Japanese government six months ago, but sports minister Hakubun Shimomura has now backtracked on the decision, telling parliament that that 300 billion yen (£1.8 billion) is “too massive a budget” for the construction.
“We need to rethink this to scale it down,” he said. “Urban planning must meet people’s needs.”