This is a particularly noteworthy year for the Austin Marathon. The race celebrates its 25th year and it is also the final year of race director John Conley's ownership. After this year's race, High Five Events takes over direction and ownership of the Austin Marathon.
The US Olympic Marathon Trials will be held February 13th in Los Angeles and Austin will be well-represented with seven Trials qualifiers. None of the Austinites are expected to contend for one of top three spots for men and women who will go to the Olympics in Rio in August, but for five of the seven, just getting to the Trials has been a victory in itself. The only two with Trials experience - Allison Macsas and Scott MacPherson - are also the healthiest and have the best chance of being competitive in Los Angeles.
If you're planning to run the Austin Marathon on Sunday, you might have heard about the concept known as "carbohydrate-loading". If you're new to marathoning and unclear what it all means, it's an important concept to understand before this week's final countdown to marathon Sunday. (Carbo-loading isn't advantageous to half marathoners but it isn't harmful either.)
Paul Perrone, one of the long-time stalwarts of our running and triathlon community, is heading out of town soon for a new job. I mention this because Paul is someone who has run the gamut from top college at UTSA and open runner (a sub-four minute miler) to shoe company rep to race director to owner of his own rep agency. He is truly one of the good guys who would give you the shirt (and jacket) off his back.
There is absolutely no question that the key to having a good race during next Sunday's Austin Marathon or Half Marathon (February 14th) is having a familiarity with the numerous hills that punctuate both courses. These hills must be run smoothly and well-paced. 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 uphill portions.
With the many months of difficult training behind you, the final two weeks before the 2016 Austin Marathon should be a breeze. All the hard work is over and hopefully, you’ve done everything you possibly can to prepare for the 26.2-mile test on February 14th
As we approach the final weeks of ownership of the Austin Marathon (February 14) by Conley Sports, the future of the race is still very much undecided. The number one question that so many Austin marathoners have (judging by the number of times I was asked last Sunday at the 3M Half) is whether or not the new owners of the race—High Five Events—will make substantive changes to the course in time for the 2017 race.
Massage has been around forever. Even the Greeks used some type of massage. Runners have known about its practicality and benefits for decades, but, until the past years, it seemed sports massage was only available for the elite athletes.
Last summer, 66-year-old Austinite Bobby Atnip went out for his usual run around Lady Bird Lake, something he's been doing for more than 40 years. Cognizant of not just his surroundings but also his own body, Atnip slowed to a walk with the onset of severe chest pain. Knowing this was far from the norm, [...]
Don't look now, but the Austin Marathon is just over the horizon and it will be here on February 14th before you know it. If Austin is your first marathon, you need to start formulating a game plan today. You had a training plan to prepare you for the Austin Marathon; now you need a marathon plan. Failure to have a good one is a prescription for failure.
Jared and Megan Carson are expecting their first child—a son—any day now. The soon-to-be pops provided an early birthday present on Sunday morning by winning the 22nd annual 3M Half Marathon in 1:08:23. It was the first half marathon victory of Carson's life and it couldn't have come at a better time for the expectant parents.
I was down in Houston last weekend for the marathon and there were so many Austinites in evidence cheering and running (more than 450 ran), felt like I never left home. I don't know whether anyone from High Five Events was there taking notes, but hope someone was in Houston paying close attention. (High Five purchased the Austin Marathon last fall from John and Stacey Conley and will be taking over the race next year.)
In a city full of run-of-the-mill 5K's, the Austin Gorilla Run has always stood apart for it's uniqueness. Nowhere else can you sign up to support the Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund and get a suit (choice of gorilla or banana) that is yours to keep. The 6th annual 5K is happening on Saturday at Camp [...]
On-line registration closes tomorrow night (January 20) 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 fast, north-to-south course, peerless race organization and over-the-top goodie bag of 3M products.
HOUSTON - Austinites were so much in evidence in Houston this weekend running the Chevron Marathon, Aramco Half or the ABB 5-K, that it was difficult wherever one went - expo, starting lines, restaurants - to not run into a fellow Austin runner or clumps of them. Every training group from Austin was well-represented with herds of Gilberts Gazelles, Rogue Runners and other groups cruising around downtown.