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.