Even though some of the biggies in the Texas marathon scene—Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Cowtown—have already been contested, there’s still one more Central Texas marathon: The Army Marathon & Half Marathon which will be held on Sunday (March 2).
This race, in just its second year, will have about 750 marathoners going from Killeen to the finish in Temple. There will also be an accompanying half marathon (and 5-K) and both of those races will utilize out-and-back courses that start and finish in Temple. About 1000 half marathoners are expected.
Presented by Garlyn Shelton Automobile Dealerships, The Army Marathon is intended to honor military men and women as well as commemorate Texas Independence Day.
The marathon will begin, just outside Fort Hood, at the Killeen Convention Center at 7 a.m. The point-to-point course will go through Harker Heights, Nolanville and through Belton before finishing in Temple. It’s considered “rolling” (which means some hills), but there is a net downhill loss of 273 feet. There will be 19 water stops with water and an electrolyte drink.
To park near the starting line at the Killen Convention Center lot, you will have to be in the lot by 6 a.m. If you get there after 6, parking marshals will divert you to another lot.
The half will begin in Temple at the marathon finish line at 7 on Hilliard Road, just south of Airport Road. The course will go out to Lake Belton Dam and back from there with a hill at the dam. The 5-K begins in Temple at 7:30 at the marathon finish line.
Parking for half marathoners and spectators at the finish in Temple is at the Pepper Creek Trail lot, located on the Scott & White campus on Kelley Road, just south of Airport Road. There will be shuttle buses going from the parking lot to the finish area, starting at 5:30 a.m. There will also be shuttle buses going from the finish area back to Killeen.
Packet pick up and pre-race registration will be held in the ballroom at the Courtyard Hotel in Killeen (1721 E. Central Texas Expressway). The expo hours are 3-7 on Friday and 9-6 on Saturday. If you can’t get up there on Friday and Saturday, call 254/654-3119 before 6 on Saturday to arrange for raceday packet pickup at the starting line in Killeen for the marathon and at the marathon finish line in Tempe for the half and 5-K.
The forecast for Sunday in Killeen shows a cloudy morning with low temps in the mid-40s.
Again, the Army Marathon begins Sunday at 7 in Killeen. The Army Half Marathon also starts at 7 but at the marathon finish line in Temple.