Tips for Spectators
This year, marathoners will tackle the Austin Marathon on Sunday, February 18. Those who accept the racing challenge will have the opportunity to race through green, tree-lined parks, across bridges that span the Colorado River and through the city’s streets. Last year, more than 8,100 runners made their way across the finish line. The course is slightly more than 26 miles long. Because of its length, it can be tough for spectators to decide where to cheer on their racers.
Runners who are racing the full marathon and those who are running the half will begin their race at the same line, which is at the corner of Congress Avenue and 2nd Street. So, spectators who prefer to see their runners at the start of the race should find a spot to watch along one of these streets.
Participants will be running along the road that turns into Lake Austin Boulevard and past the Lions Municipal Golf Course, making these areas another good place to watch the marathon. Racers will be tackling their last few miles beginning on Enfield Road, so if you think that your runner will need vocal encouragement from you to reach the finish line, then this is a good place to line up to watch and cheer. The last mile of the race begins when Austin Marathon participants reach 15th Street, and it ends at 2nd Street.
Tips for Runners
When it comes to running marathons, it’s important to build your base mileage. Do this gradually, and be sure to run three to five times each week. Work on your long run by completing one every 7 to 10 days. This allows your body to adjust at a steady rate. With this level of running, it’s important to get enough rest. By doing so, you’ll prevent injuries as well as mental burnout.
Those who are running the half must finish the race in 4 hours. So, if you’re running this race, then plan to complete each mile in 19 minutes. Even though you’re running, keep in mind that you’ll get to see a number of the city’s most interesting attractions and sights, including the campus of the University of Texas and the Texas State Capitol building. Take a few moments to enjoy the view.
After the first leg of the race, you’ll reach a section of the course that is around 460 feet above sea level. Then, you’ll begin to climb for almost 200 feet. The climb part of the course is around two and half miles long, so be sure to time your stride. The flattest stretch of the race is soon after the climb. Once you reach this point, consider kicking up the pace. The last few race miles are also along a flat stretch, meaning that you can really bring out the speed if you have the stamina to do so.
Challenging and Picturesque
In the mid-winter season, Austin generally enjoys mild to moderately chilly weather conditions. Because it does, running the Austin Marathon is usually pleasant weather-wise. However, expect a challenge from the course’s climb and a distraction due to its picturesque city views.