UPDATE #3 – 11:45 PM, Saturday, Feb. 28:
We want you to have a safe and enjoyable Half Marathon, so here are some final reminders before tomorrow’s (Sunday) 8:00AM start. The Cowtown is staging ONLY a half marathon.
All finishers will earn a half marathon finisher’s medal, finisher’s shirt and be reported in the half marathon race results.
Some have asked if a runner who completes two half marathon loops can earn a marathon finisher medal and shirt. The answer is “NO.” Unfortunately, course certification, logistical and other issues don’t allow us to offer a two-loop option. If you are registered for the Full or Ultra Marathon and wish to run the Half, all you need to do is wear your Ultra or Full Marathon bib and report to your assigned corral and run! Your results will be reported as part of the Half Marathon.
Corral numbers are printed on your runner’s bib. Please respect your corral assignment and report to your corral by 7:50 a.m. We realize some marathoners may hope to run a faster half-marathon pace, but remember that all age-group results will be determined by chip time. Some good news about parking! The Harley and Farrington Field parking lots are melting nicely, so plan to arrive early and use them.
The course will be open and supported for 4.5 hours. There is no race day registration. Expo hours (packet pick-up and shopping) 5:30 a.m. until course closure.
UPDATE #2 – 2:45 PM, Saturday, Feb. 28:
Event organizers continue to work with City of Fort Worth officials and the National Weather Service to determine if route conditions will allow for the running of Sunday’s Cowtown Marathon, Half Marathon and 50K Ultra events. We will continue to update you as the day progresses. Thank you for your patience.
We encourage all participants to use discretion when traveling to Will Rogers and planning for tomorrow’s races.
At this time, our schedule remains:
1:00PM-6:00PM – Expo Open: (Packet pick-up for all races, shopping)
5:30AM – Expo Open for packet pick-up
8:00AM – Marathon, Half Marathon, 50K Ultra Start
The Cowtown Marathon has cancelled all Saturday, 2/28, races including the 10K, 5K and Cook Children’s 5K due to inclement weather conditions. All Sunday, 3/1, races will be run beginning at 8:00 a.m. (new start time).
The Cowtown Expo is closed today, Friday, 2/27, but will re-open 1:00-6:00p.m. on Saturday, 2/28, for packet pick-up and shopping. You can still register for Sunday’s races on Saturday at the Expo. Registration is not available on Sunday.
Sunday’s events, including the Marathon, Half Marathon, and Ultra Marathon presented by Miller Lite will start at 8:00 a.m. with wheelchair participants scheduled for 7:50 a.m. The expo, including packet pick-up, will open at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, 3/1, and remain open throughout the race for shopping.
Events originally scheduled for Saturday, including the 10K, 5K and Cook Children’s 5K, will not be rescheduled. Participants in the originally scheduled Saturday races can still pick-up their packets at the Cowtown Expo during operating hours.
We encourage participants to carefully make their way to the expo on Saturday afternoon to shop and pick-up their packets. Please come to the expo with your bib number and be patient as our volunteers assist you. Don’t wait until Sunday morning, since we won’t be able to accommodate everyone at packet pick-up just before start time.
We are so grateful to the thousands of runners, volunteers, supporters and city employees who regularly participate in our event. Their dedication, patience and flexibility in times like these are invaluable.
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:
Event organizers are working with local officials and the National Weather Service to determine what impact the weather may have on our Saturday and Sunday races. At this time, all races remain on schedule for both Saturday and Sunday. Tomorrow afternoon (Friday) we expect to confirm our event plans and announce any race changes. Runners run in the rain, but if snow or ice appears we will make decisions to assure participant safety. Please monitor Cowtown Marathon Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Website and local media for the most current information.
It was just over a year ago that Dallas Marathon officials made the tough decision to cancel their December event due to similar conditions.
The NWS issued a winter weather advisory from 6 AM on Friday to 6 PM on Saturday:
PRECIPITATION TYPE… SNOW IS LIKELY FRIDAY. VERY LIGHT SNOW OR FREEZING DRIZZLE IS LIKELY FRIDAY NIGHT. FREEZING RAIN AND FREEZING DRIZZLE IS LIKELY SATURDAY. ACCUMULATION… 1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW FRIDAY… WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS TO 3 INCHES POSSIBLE. LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH OF ICE FROM FREEZING DRIZZLE OR FREEZING RAIN ON SATURDAY. MAIN IMPACT… SNOW AND ICE WILL MAKE FOR HAZARDOUS TRAVEL. TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR ACCUMULATIONS ON ALL ROADS… HOWEVER BRIDGES… AND OVERPASSES WILL BE THE MOST AT RISK.