The 3M Half Marathon is Austin's second longest distance road racing event and is one of the largest stand-alone half marathons in Texas. The 3M Half Marathon is just over 13 miles on a north-to-south course through an urban setting and is mostly downhill. The half marathon is geared to intermediate runners. Besides the half marathon, there is also the half marathon relay, which is the same distance split between two runners and runers who are fairly new to endurance running may prefer the half marathon relay. The 3M Half Marathon and Relay also features a Kids Fun Run, which is a 50-yard non-competitive run for children ages 10 and under. There is entertainment and medical support along the course and food is provided at the finish line. The goodie bag for the 3M Half Marathon comes loaded with popular 3M products like Scotch tape‚ Post-it pads‚ insect repellent‚ lint rollers and bandages and was named Named “Best Schwag” by Runner’s World Magazine. There is also return bus transport available from the finish to the start upon completion. The 2014 date for the 3M Half Marathon is Sunday, January 19, 2014.
The Austin Grand Prix is Austin-centric online community supporting motorsports and events at The Circuit of The Americas racetrack currently under construction in Austin. Austin will serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix for years 2012 through 2021. The goal of the Austin Grand Prix website is to serve as a conduit for news about Formula One Grand Prix in Austin and International Grand Prix events around the world as well as provide information race fans that will be visitors to Austin.
Formerly known as the Livestrong Marathon, the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon always takes place on President’s Day Weekend in February. The races start in the middle of downtown Austin at 16th and Congress and finish at 10th and Congress Avenue in the shadow of the State Capitol Building after proceeding through some of Austin’s most scenic and historic areas including Lady Bird Johnson Lake, the Allandale and Hyde Park neighborhoods and the University of Texas campus. Runners under the age of 16 are discouraged by race organizers from participating. Pets, baby joggers, baby strollers, in-line skates, bicycles, and any other non-official wheeled vehicles are prohibited from the course. The Austin Marathon and Half Marathon is a USA Track and Field Certified course and 80 percent of race participants come from outside the Austin area. The finish line for the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon includes a festival area with live music, food truck vendors and racing products available for sale. On the Friday and Saturday before the marathons there is a Health and Fitness Expo at the Palmer Events Center featuring running gear, guest speakers, live music, and fun events for the whole family. All participants are required to pick up their race packet at the Expo. The 2014 Austin Marathon and Half Marathon is Sunday, February 16, 2014.
The Cap 2K is an open water swim race and fundraiser that was formerly a fundraiser for Friends of Deep Eddy Pool. The Cap 2K annually takes place on a Sunday in May on Lady Bird Lake (formerly known as Town Lake), the section of the Colorado River that runs through the heart of Austin. This year the Cap 2K promotes clean water, water conservation, open water swimming and raises money to fight prostate cancer. The 2,000-meter race goes downstream from Red Bud Isle to the Texas Rowing Center near Austin High School and ends with an awards ceremony, picnic and celebration at Eilers Park adjacent to Deep Eddy Pool. First staged in 2003, the race averages 200 swimmers. It is illegal to swim in Lady Bird Lake without special permission from the City of Austin due to fluxuating currents from the dam release and lake traffic, so the Cap 2K is a rare opportunity to swim in Lady Bird Lake. During the Cap 2K the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority) will have the dam shut off and the current will be considerably less than usual. The date for the 2014 and 12th Annual Cap 2K Open Water Race and Pledge Swim is May 3, 2014.
For over 35 years, the Austin American Statesman Capitol 10,000 Run and Walk has attracted not only the silly in crazy costumes, but wheelchair athletes and serious runners. The Statesman Capitol 10,000 is the largest 10K in Texas and the fifth largest in the nation. This is a fun, festive athletic event suitable for the entire family and has become an annual rite of spring in Austin. The running event includes the Statesman Cap 10K (Timed); Statesman Cap 10K - Fun Run & Walk (Untimed); Statesman Cap 10K Youth For 8 Years Old And Under (Timed) and Statesman Cap 10K Youth For 8 Years Old And Under Fun Run And Walk (Untimed). Only timed runners are eligible for awards. Registration takes place online, by US mail, or in-person Cap 10K Health And Fitness Expo at the Austin Convention Center on the Friday and Saturday before the race. The date for the 2014 Statesman Capitol 10,000 is Sunday, April 6, 2014.
The Circuit of the Americas on the southeast side of Austin is currently the home of the only Forumula One Grand Prix race in the United States. Situated on a 1000-acre site, the racetrack is approximately two miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport and a short drive from downtown Austin. Formula One, also known as Formula 1 or F1, are a series of races known as Grands Prix held throughout the world on purpose-built circuits and public roads. The results of each race are evaluated using a points system to determine two annual World Championships, one for the drivers and one for the constructors of the cars. The F1 race cars reach speeds of around 220 miles per hour. The inaugeral Formula One Grand Prix at The Circuit of the Americas was November of 2012. The Circuit of the Americans was the first racetrack built in the United States for the express purpose of Formula One racing, but has the capacity to hosts all classes of racing. Besides the 3.4 mile motor racing circuit, Circuit of the Americas is also home to the Austin360 Amphitheater, a music concert venue built at the base of the raceway observation tower. The dates for the third United States Formula One Grand Prix in Austin at the Circuit of the Americas are Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 12, 2014.
For over ten years, this annual event has celebrated what makes Austin special. The Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K includes music, costumes, food vendors, arts and craft booths and what is unofficially known as “the slowest 5K you’ll ever run” as most participants run, skip or race three-legged through the streets of downtown Austin wearing wacky costumes. The music begins in the afternoon and the Keep Austin Weird race begins in the evening. The weirdest costume in the race wins a cash prize. Proceeds from the Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. The date for the 2014 Keep Austin Weird Festival and 5K is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, 2014.
Run Like The Wind is a 5K dog-friendly run and walk event benefiting the Schrodi Memorial Training Fund, a scholarship program administered by Animal Trustees of Austin that helps keep dogs in their homes and out of shelters. There is also a Kids K and chip-timed 3-hour to 24-hour ultra-run. Run Like The Wind takes place on the tree canopied and mulch covered 1K trails of The Canine Center for Training and Behavior north of the Y in Oak Hill. Run Like The Wind also features an auction, food and pet massages. The sixth annual Run Like The Wind for 2013 is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, 2014. The 2013 event was rescheduled from December 6, 2013 due to weather conditions.