Overall Rating
Overall Rating (28 Reviews)
4
(28 Ratings)  (28 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.9
SCENERY
3.2
PRODUCTION
4.2
SWAG
3.9
The Ascension Seton Austin Marathon invites you to RUN AUSTIN, the #1 City in America! In Austin, you will be treated to a bucket list experience and some of Austin’s finest sightseeing! Race along open roads that pass iconic landmarks like UT Tower, The I Love You Mural, and Austin … MORE
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    ruthdelwiche FIRST-TIMER '22

    Packet pickup was conveniently located. Expo was nice and big. Austin is hilly as all heck and coming from Chicago, the hills were a bit of a challenge. The temperature … MORE

    Packet pickup was conveniently located. Expo was nice and big. Austin is hilly as all heck and coming from Chicago, the hills were a bit of a challenge. The temperature on the other hand was cool yet not windy so made for a great run. I loved the volunteers, the spectators, the race organizers, and the after party. Due to the chilly temps I didn’t hang around too long, but for the short time I did, it was fun. If I did it again, I would definitely put in more hill training. Nonetheless, it was a wonderful race, a wonderful course, and one I would recommend.

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    peyton.mae96 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Expo: 5/10 A pretty standard race expo, with some unique vendors I haven’t seen at other expos (Texas Drain giving out free plungers, I’m looking at you lol). The system … MORE

    Expo: 5/10
    A pretty standard race expo, with some unique vendors I haven’t seen at other expos (Texas Drain giving out free plungers, I’m looking at you lol). The system for picking up packets right when you walk in was probably the worst I’ve seen at a race – it took almost half an hour just to get through the line to pick up my packet. I would’ve liked to see more vendors and possibly a larger event space to alleviate some of the crowding.

    Course: 9/10
    The course is absolutely fantastic and by far one of my favorites of all the half marathons I’ve done. Even with as challenging as it is with all of the hills, it’s so scenic and takes you through a few very different parts of the city. Crowd support was great throughout 90% of the course. My only complaint is with the aid station drinks – half of the time, I could barely taste the Nuun mixed into the water, meaning there likely wasn’t much for carbs/fuel in it. While the Nuun was a unique touch, perhaps Gatorade would’ve been a more practical choice.

    Production/organization of race weekend:6/10
    From the expo to the finish line, this was a very well designed and organized race overall. This is one of the first races in years where I haven’t felt gridlocked until like four miles into the race, so whatever they did for start corrals worked wonders. The finisher’s area was nice and large, so there was no extreme crowding while grabbing your post-race goodies and leaving the chute. My one gripe would be with the post-race food – we only received water and then a bag with popcorn, a fruit cup, and one other packaged item. I had heard that in prior years, the spread was a bit more impressive.

    Swag and medals: 8/10
    The medals were next-level; I LOVE the design and the sparkles! The shirts and all the merch were made by Under Armour, which is a huge plus for me. The designs for all of the merch were a little plain, but I found plenty of things I liked and ultimately bought. By Friday at 4pm when I was at the expo though, most women’s items were sold out in sizes larger than small, and they weren’t restocked after the race when merch was for sale. Honestly, if there was enough merch in all sizes, I probably would’ve given a 10/10 in this category!

    Overall: 7/10
    No doubt a solid race overall. If you’re looking for a challenging but scenic course through a rather eclectic city, I’d totally check the Austin Marathon out.

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    Antoniom401 FIRST-TIMER '22

    The hills in this marathon were extremely difficult for me to overcome. I had never ran on hills prior to this race. The final hill, 0.5 miles from the finish … MORE

    The hills in this marathon were extremely difficult for me to overcome. I had never ran on hills prior to this race. The final hill, 0.5 miles from the finish line, was the worst! All that said, I am grateful for the experience. I was truly pushed to the edge of my limits. Now that I know where my limits lie I can go forward to break them!

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    Camp FIRST-TIMER '22

    The elevation profile suggests a pretty balanced course. Despite this, everyone warned me this is a hilly and tough course. I would argue that the first 9-10 miles is more … MORE

    The elevation profile suggests a pretty balanced course. Despite this, everyone warned me this is a hilly and tough course. I would argue that the first 9-10 miles is more downhill than up. The ups are gradual but long which doesn’t put me off in the slightest.

    But right around mile 9-10 that all changes. First comes a short but incredibly steep hill followed by a step and long killer at mile 11-12. Not fun stuff.

    Other things…
    The complete lack of corrals is odd. It’s every man for him (her) self at start time.
    The expo wasn’t all that great. It’s the second big race I’ve done in recent months (Dallas being the other) that had a crappy expo. Perhaps it’s COVID byproduct?
    It’s superficial, but the race shirt is ugly. Somehow I missed getting my finisher’s shirt but, after seeing it, I’m not upset. Under Armor as the gear sponsor is odd simply because Under Armor A) isn’t relevant in running and B) almost isn’t relevant in fitness after bad operations and investments.

    Atmosphere was excellent. Tons of participants and all very positive. It’s fun to be in a city where the run takes over the downtown area. I just wish the hotels/Uber/restaurants didn’t extract a premium from runners.

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    ceceliasciuto FIRST-TIMER '22

    Definitely a hard race. Lots of hills in the first half that make the second half really difficult. Tons of crowd support for the first half but once the half … MORE

    Definitely a hard race. Lots of hills in the first half that make the second half really difficult. Tons of crowd support for the first half but once the half marathon splits off it gets pretty quiet.

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    atxhelix FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first marathon. A lot of people told me they opted for the half instead of the full marathon. At the time I didn’t understand why, but second … MORE

    This was my first marathon. A lot of people told me they opted for the half instead of the full marathon. At the time I didn’t understand why, but second half is not as scenic going around east austin and has some medium sized hills as well. I think in the future I’ll just do the half.

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    Minnehaha FIRST-TIMER '20

    The beginning of the race runs along Congress and 1st street, which have great shops. After we cross the bridge, we are near the Colorado River. We run near lake … MORE

    The beginning of the race runs along Congress and 1st street, which have great shops. After we cross the bridge, we are near the Colorado River. We run near lake Austin into residential neighborhoods. We finish at the capital. There are a lot of steep hills. There is so crowd support. Austin is an arty and fun city to explore.

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    lauriev2782 FIRST-TIMER '20

    The race course is hilly and there are stretches of nothing much to look at, but the overall vibe is fun and upbeat. I've run the NYC Marathon, and the … MORE

    The race course is hilly and there are stretches of nothing much to look at, but the overall vibe is fun and upbeat. I’ve run the NYC Marathon, and the roadside spectators are comparable and that helps keep you motivated. Swag was pretty bad, awful t-shirt design. BUT the REAL STAR of this race is Austin itself. What a cool, eclectic city! Give yourself a few extra days to be a tourist.

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    ReaganHooks FIRST-TIMER '20

    This was my first ever half marathon... i'm no runner but wanted to check it off my bucket list. This course really sucked. It was hilly the WHOLE way and … MORE

    This was my first ever half marathon… i’m no runner but wanted to check it off my bucket list. This course really sucked. It was hilly the WHOLE way and only got worse at mile 10. The crowds were incredible though and it was an all in all fun experience.

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    evalvo FIRST-TIMER '20

    The course was hilly for me, but I train in Chicago and it is very flat. The race started 40 minutes late so that wasn’t great. The scenery was pretty … MORE

    The course was hilly for me, but I train in Chicago and it is very flat. The race started 40 minutes late so that wasn’t great. The scenery was pretty minimal. It checked off Texas for me and the rest of the weekend has been great. The locals are great and super friendly. Great crowd support during the race.

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    jsquinks FIRST-TIMER '19

    I didn't love this race, though I really wanted to! It started SO late (we legit stood around at the start line, with no updates or info about what was … MORE

    I didn’t love this race, though I really wanted to! It started SO late (we legit stood around at the start line, with no updates or info about what was going on, for quite a long time). The half course is very hilly and I don’t think it really highlighted Austin in any fun way (except for the end – finishing in front of the statehouse is cool). The swag is fine, but nothing to write home about. I’m glad I ran this as my TX half, but I don’t think I’d make it priority again, especially since it was my worst finishing time to date.

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    Llewella REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is a great race to run if visiting Austin. You definitely get to see the town! And there is tons of crowd support. The expo to pick up your … MORE

    This is a great race to run if visiting Austin. You definitely get to see the town! And there is tons of crowd support. The expo to pick up your race packet is great with many diverse vendors. The finish line is also a fun place to be. Plenty of race parking on streets.

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    cindytong FIRST-TIMER '19

    Austin has a lot of up and down hills. Not the flat course. Downtown is also not super easy to park. But finish in front of the state capital is … MORE

    Austin has a lot of up and down hills. Not the flat course. Downtown is also not super easy to park. But finish in front of the state capital is quite nice.

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    amy.schaumburg FIRST-TIMER '19

    Expo was fun, people were awesome, Austin is a great city to hang out in before and after. Course itself is kind of “meh” but would still recommend because of … MORE

    Expo was fun, people were awesome, Austin is a great city to hang out in before and after. Course itself is kind of “meh” but would still recommend because of everything else. Thanks Texas!

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    runmikerun2021 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Well organized and good local support. Took us through various sections of town. Interesting medal (cowboy belt buckle). A killer hill at Mile 12 and it was muggy but overall … MORE

    Well organized and good local support. Took us through various sections of town. Interesting medal (cowboy belt buckle). A killer hill at Mile 12 and it was muggy but overall liked it.

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    abbjmc FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a well-organized midsize city race. You get a good loop around Austin, though it's not always terribly scenic. Great crowd support, though, and a fun run all around. … MORE

    This was a well-organized midsize city race. You get a good loop around Austin, though it’s not always terribly scenic. Great crowd support, though, and a fun run all around. A bit hilly in the first half but nothing too terrible.

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    tiges FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a fun Half until the hill at mile 12! Perfect weather this year. It was the largest run I’ve ever done, but never felt over crowded while running. MORE

    This was a fun Half until the hill at mile 12! Perfect weather this year. It was the largest run I’ve ever done, but never felt over crowded while running.

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    lakumar965 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Great team, event was well organized and everything was well communicated. Course got pretty tough toward the end and unfortunately that day was a bit warm. Enjoyed the finish line … MORE

    Great team, event was well organized and everything was well communicated. Course got pretty tough toward the end and unfortunately that day was a bit warm. Enjoyed the finish line festivities as well

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    Joann FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was a very interesting eclectic city. It was a very hilly course and a hot day but a very pleasant event. There are so many musicians that keep the … MORE

    This was a very interesting eclectic city. It was a very hilly course and a hot day but a very pleasant event. There are so many musicians that keep the course interesting.

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    DrewNYC FIRST-TIMER '17

    Race day was hot and humid. The course was very hilly - the hill at mile 12 was particularly evil. All that being said, I still loved Austin. It is … MORE

    Race day was hot and humid. The course was very hilly – the hill at mile 12 was particularly evil. All that being said, I still loved Austin. It is a great city and was a fun weekend. The path around the lake was a beautiful spot to shake out my legs the day before the race. The people were great. The food was amazing. Event was well organized. And the medal can be used as a belt buckle!

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    M_Sohaskey Feb 28, 2017 at 9:06pm

    Just found out that next year's Running USA annual conference will be in Austin, same weekend as the marathon... so hill training starts today! Congrats on adding another notch (and… MORE

    Just found out that next year's Running USA annual conference will be in Austin, same weekend as the marathon... so hill training starts today! Congrats on adding another notch (and buckle) to your 50 states half marathon belt, Drew. LESS

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