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Austin Marathon

Capital City Marathon Serves as Boston Marathon Qualifier

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Held each year in the Capitol City, the Livestrong Austin Marathon is one of the most scenic races in Texas. With nearly half the course being run along Town Lake and the Colorado River, participants are treated to serene scenery throughout the race.

The rolling hills of Austin also make this one of the more challenging races offered in the Lone Star State. In fact, many of the marathon participants find it necessary to spend some time training in Austin prior to the race. But, most find it well worth the effort, as the Livestrong Austin Marathon also serves as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

However, for those who aren’t quite ready for the full marathon on such a challenging course, there is also a 13.1-mile half-marathon.

The 2013 edition of the Livestrong Austin Marathon is set for Feb. 17. Fields for the events are limited, so interested persons should register early (entry is via online registration only).

Both the marathon and half-marathon will start at 7 a.m. on the 17th. The starting line with be on the Congress Avenue Bridge, while the finish line will be at the intersection of 4th and Congress. The marathon course will remain open for 7 hours and spectators are encouraged to turn out to cheer the runners on. However, it can be crowded, especially in key spots such as the finish line, so make plans to pick a spot and be there early.

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