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The Austin Marathon and Half Marathon® courses are USATF certified courses that run through some of Austin’s most scenic and historic areas, including Lady Bird Johnson Lake, the Allandale and Hyde Park neighborhoods, Congress Avenue, the University of Texas campus, and the State Capital complex.

The gently rolling and shaded course is 90% asphalt with long straightaways and approximately 28 turns. The 26.2 course gains approximately 14 feet per mile over the first 17 miles before dropping over 33 feet per mile over the final 9 miles to the finish on Congress Avenue in the shadow of the State Capitol Building.

The Marathon route has a total ascent of 591 ft and has a maximum elevation of 764 ft. Starting elevation is 546 ft.

Dealing With Pre-Race Nerves Before 3M and Austin Marathon

For newbies attempting their first 3M Half Marathon on Sunday or the Austin Marathon (February 16), this can be a nervous time. Even more so as the big day draws near. But for veterans and beginners alike, those last few minutes before the half or marathon finally begins can be tremendously agonizing. You will undoubtedly [...]

Pacing Strategies for the Austin Marathon

Now that the Austin Marathon is finally within sight (February 16th ), it’s time to start thinking about what your pace should be for either one of the two races. Other than months and months of solid, injury-free training and showing up on the starting line healthy and fit, the most critical aspect of running [...]

Use Your Final Pre-Marathon Long Runs To Test Strategy, Equipment and Nutrition

One of the Golden Rules of marathoning is also one of the simplest: Don’t try to do anything on race day which you haven't done in training. The marathon is not the time for experimentation with new shoes, strategy, clothes or nutritional supplements. Doing so, might work out but chances are that experimenting with something [...]

Erik Stanley, Stefanie Slekis Battle Wind and Cold to Win Rogue 30-K

CEDAR PARK--When folks running the Rogue Distance Festival poked their heads outside early Sunday morning, they were shocked by the unexpected balmy 58 degrees and calm conditions. Cold front? What cold front? But, by the time, the 1100 runners reached the starting line in the Cedar Park HS parking lot, they knew all too well [...]

Moving Up: How To Go From A Half-Marathon To Your First Marathon

Completing a half marathon is a major accomplishment. But after you have done your first half (or have run several) you will undoubtedly at least be thinking about moving up in distance to the full Monty—the 26.2-mile challenge. Now chances are after you have crossed the finish line of a half marathon, you probably felt [...]

Heard Around The Lake: News, Notes and Idle Gossip (Dec. 12, 2013)

That Houston is the best, most prestigious race (marathon and half marathon) in Texas is incontrovertible. This isn't exactly a newsflash as Houston is one of the five best marathons in the country. Houston has hosted two Olympic Trials Marathons (the first was the women's Trials in 1992) as well as numerous USA half marathon [...]

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Coming This Weekend: Perfect Decker Forecast – Cold, Wet and Windy

It isn’t called the Decker Challenge because it’s a little Sunday jog around Lady Bird Lake. Hardly. Decker is absolutely one of the toughest road races in Austin and it’s not for the faint of heart. Toss in brutally cold weather and Decker, the third race in the six-race 2013-2014 Austin Fit Magazine Distance Challenge, [...]

Getting Motivated for the Long Runs

We've had a few questions from beginning runners on some of our long-run articles, but the one that keeps cropping up the most is how do you get motivated to do a long run? It's a good question. We'll delve a little deeper into the long run with a few logistical things we've picked up [...]

How To Downhill Train For Upcoming Distance Challenge Races

If you are running the Austin Fit Magazine Distance Challenge series or any of the races in the series, be advised that that one of the keys to running well in any of the remaining races in the series, including this Sunday's Run for the Water 10-Miler, will be your ability to to get up [...]

Record Field Expected For Run for the Water 10-Miler, 5K & Kids K On Sunday

This Sunday will mark the seventh running of the Run for the Water 10-Miler--one of the crown jewels of the Austin Fit Magazine Distance Challenge. A record field of 4500 is expected for this year’s race (evenly divided between the 10-miler and accompanying 5-K) which promises to be the most prestigious and competitive in the [...]

Heard Around the Lake: News, Notes & Idle Gossip (Oct. 3, 2013)

Yesterday's announcement that the Austin Marathon (and half) is reinstating prize and appearance money is welcome news and will go a long way to raising the profile of our hometown marathon. Austin's also bucking a national trend toward awarding less prize money in major races or elimination of it entirely. Good for John Conley and [...]

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Austin Fit Magazine Distance Challenge Preview

With our long, hot summer finally behind us, racing season gets underway this Sunday (October 6th) with the first race in the annual Austin Fit Magazine Distance Challenge series of races. As is traditional, the IBM Uptown Classic 10-K leads off the series. The Distance Challenge has been around for many years as a way [...]