Overall Rating
Overall Rating (10 Reviews)
4.3
(10 Ratings)(10 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.7
SCENERY
3.6
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.1
The Austin Marathon starts and finishes on Congress Avenue in the heart of downtown Austin, TX.  The looped course provides a tour of some of the most beloved and historic landmarks and neighborhoods of Austin. Runners will experience Austin’s unique culture with each part of the course bringing its own flavor of spectators … MORE
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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.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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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.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    5

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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.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '15

    Austin is hilly. There, it's been said (it's really not that bad). Other than that, it's a really good city race, not too big, not too small. It's well organized … MORE

    Austin is hilly. There, it’s been said (it’s really not that bad). Other than that, it’s a really good city race, not too big, not too small. It’s well organized and you can get lucky with the weather.

    We stayed at the Sheraton across from the capital which is convenient to the start and finish. You can walk to lots of different restaurants but don’t walk TOO much, hills lurk everywhere! DO go to the Roaring Fork for a Bigass Burger, but go after the marathon, not before 🙂

    The start was easy to get to, although as is my usual complaint, there’s never enough portajohns when the 15-minute mark hits and it’s almost race time. I don’t judge them; I’m not sure there is such a thing as “enough” portajohns before a marathon.

    The course was fairly scenic, running through the city, past the river, the UT campus, and other historic areas. I remember it being pleasant and varied enough to be interesting. There was also good crowd support throughout the majority of the course.

    The medal in 2015 was awesome, I think better than the 2016 anniversary medal (which I only saw pictures of). I ended up buying an Austin Marathon shirt at the expo which I liked better than the race giveaway (the swag was okay but the purchased shirt was better).

    Bottom line, Austin is a great race, especially if you’e ticking off states. It’s a fun city, lots to see and do if you have the time, good food, well organized, good support, and all around good race. The weather can be a factor, I suppose, but 2015 was somewhat humid but not hot, so worked out okay. Highly recommend it for your Texas marathon!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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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!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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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 buckle) to your 50 states half marathon belt, Drew.

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    GoGoGoGo FIRST-TIMER '17

    Starting with the expo and packet pick up - all was well organized and not too crowded even though 18000 people were registered for the races. Start line was pretty … MORE

    Starting with the expo and packet pick up – all was well organized and not too crowded even though 18000 people were registered for the races. Start line was pretty well organized with gear check and pace markers. The course was a little hilly, nothing extreme. The first 5 miles had several bands playing which was nice. Would have been great to have some later in the course for a pick-me-up. The finish line was the biggest disappointment – snack bag was pathetic and nothing that I would ever eat (pork rinds), the beer tent had such a long line that I skipped it. Left with a bottle of water and my Medal. Photo package was a big PLUS for this race. They took many great photos and only charged $30 for all of your pictures – I had at least 12 good ones.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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    JaneDance REPEAT RUNNER '16

    4th year of running this, have also run the full. Expect hills but a great race. Good course support from spectators and volunteers. Best expo experience i have had, lots … MORE

    4th year of running this, have also run the full. Expect hills but a great race. Good course support from spectators and volunteers.

    Best expo experience i have had, lots of vendors in a large area so not cramped.

    Close to my home town so I’ll keep running this one!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    USSAmberJack FIRST-TIMER '15

    The hills!! If you plan on running this race, you had better get your hill training in or this course will break you. The scenery is beautiful and Austin has … MORE

    The hills!! If you plan on running this race, you had better get your hill training in or this course will break you. The scenery is beautiful and Austin has tons of fantastic places to have a post-race feeding frenzy. You should definitely take hydration with you, as there aren’t enough aid stations throughout the race. Also, the winding path of the race through the heart of the city can make it difficult to drive your car anytime immediately following the race, so pay attention to where you park if you are not staying in a hotel in DT Austin. I look forward to running it again!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    jennypaul1987 FIRST-TIMER '14

    No one told me when I signed up that this was an ambitious course for a first full marathon. I should have known, since I live here, but oh well! … MORE

    No one told me when I signed up that this was an ambitious course for a first full marathon. I should have known, since I live here, but oh well! The course is HILLY, but goes through some of the best parts of Austin with awesome crowd support. The expo is huge with tons of vendors, and the medals are always amazing. It was hot the year I ran, after having a cold winter, so my time wasn’t what I wanted, but the overall experience was great. Conley sports takes what they do seriously- it’s a top notch race!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    leskinman REPEAT RUNNER '15

    Austin is an extremely well-run production, and the host city is equally wonderful. The expo is one of the best I've been to, if not a tad difficult to get … MORE

    Austin is an extremely well-run production, and the host city is equally wonderful. The expo is one of the best I’ve been to, if not a tad difficult to get to, and the surrounding entertainment and eateries are plentiful. Race day parking is easy, and the Congress Street start is a breeze. Make no mistake. This is a hilly course, but I’ve found that it is refreshing for the legs to have gentle rollers throughout the course. I’ve run both the half and full on multiple occasions, and both are excellent. Aid stations are well-stocked, crowds are awesome, and the neighborhoods and scenery are pleasant. Weather is usually good for the half, and a little warm for the full. Swag is also nice, with thoughtfully-designed medals and tech shirts. Stay an extra day and catch some live local music on famous 6th Street Sunday night. Love this race!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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