Enjoy the Race and Hit the Town After Running Through Austin
The LIVESTRONG Austin Marathon is the third and final leg of the Marathons of Texas series (the other marathons are the Dallas White Rock and the Chevron Houston marathons). The Austin Marathon is famous for its plentiful live music during the marathon course as well as the infamous celebratory "beer stop" near the end of the race.
Runners can enter the full marathon, the half marathon, or the Paramount 5K (the full marathon is a Boston qualifier). Walkers are welcomed in this marathon; the marathon course will be open for seven hours and the half marathon course for four hours. The event is coupled with the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo, a massive collection of vendors, booths, speakers, and presentations. Runners are required to go to the Expo in order to pick up their packets.
About the City
Austin is the self-proclaimed "Music Capital of the World" and you'll find live music in every genre imaginable playing all over the city. New visitors to Austin are always amazed at how friendly the town is; you'll find everyone from an upscale boutique owner to your grocery store clerk striking up a conversation with complete strangers. If you're looking for in-city lodging to stay at during the race, Austin boasts over a hundred downtown vacation rentals. You'll find even more waterfront vacation rentals sprinkled around the greater Austin area. Eclectic shoppers, make your first stop the quirky shops and vintage finds at SoCo; music lovers, head to classic Austin venues like The Broken Spoke or Antone's. For those looking to find a little something different within the Austin city limits, check out the Bat Bridge (also known as the Congress Avenue Bridge). Every evening, travelers gather to watch a million bats take off from under the bridge to start the hunt for their evening meal.
About the 2012 Austin Marathon
This year's marathon will take place on February 19, 2012. Each of the race's 26 water/Gatorade stands will be hosted by a different charity or non-profit. In addition, around 40 live bands will play along the marathon course.
Best Places to Watch the Marathon
- The Capitol Area. In addition to seeing Austin's beautiful capitol building, you'll also get to witness the start and finish of the race.
- Austin City Hall. The Austin City Hall tends to be a music hotspot, offering fans a great chance to see some of the city's finest local bands and entertainers. The course makes a small loop after the City Hall and returns to the same spot before the runners continue on with the course, making this spot a "twofer" for lucky spectators.
- University of Texas Intramural Fields. If you're here to support a loved one running the marathon, position yourself here for some much-needed encouragement as your runner passes "the wall" (the most mentally and physically challenging spot) of the Austin Marathon.
Where to Get Your Pasta Fix Before the Race
- Hill Country Pasta House. Hill Country celebrates runners' marathon goals by offering specialty $26.20 and $13.11 priced dishes.
- The Belmont. The Belmont hosts special "Carb Up at the Belmont" all-you-can-eat pasta feasts before the race. Better yet, runners receive discounts on their meals.
- The Four Seasons Austin. The Four Seasons welcomes runners with a special pre-race dinner complete with complimentary gifts for participants with a race bib.