Overall Rating
Overall Rating (74 Reviews)
4.7
(74 Ratings)(74 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.3
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.6
Back before there were Gu Gels and Dri-Fit underwear, Waco Firefighter C.W. Whorton ran marathons. Then one he got the idea to host a marathon in Waco. Who knew where it would lead?? Wharton finally got the ball rolling in 2004 along with fellow firefighters Wade Durbin and Joe Singer … MORE
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    oriley2013 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race was amazing from start to finish. The aid stations were plentiful, the volunteers were cheerful and the scenery made it fly by. I love that it went through … MORE

    This race was amazing from start to finish. The aid stations were plentiful, the volunteers were cheerful and the scenery made it fly by. I love that it went through the zoo! I definitely plan on doing this race again next year.

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    5
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    5
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    5

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    lynzeeclark REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I love everything about this race—the medals, hometown, the finisher food, and the lack of crowds. However, this year was not Muracle Match’s finest. There seemed to be a decrease … MORE

    I love everything about this race—the medals, hometown, the finisher food, and the lack of crowds. However, this year was not Muracle Match’s finest. There seemed to be a decrease in the usual number of water stops and traffic control. A couple of busy intersections were without anyone directing traffic and the lack of runners made it hard to determine where to go. I had to direct some out of towners. Sad that there was no finisher shirt.

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    3
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    5
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    marthasuecp FIRST-TIMER '19

    As an out-of-towner, I felt like this race was an inside job. The announcer only mentioned names of people he knew--supposedly local runners--and, worse, the route was poorly marked. Another … MORE

    As an out-of-towner, I felt like this race was an inside job. The announcer only mentioned names of people he knew–supposedly local runners–and, worse, the route was poorly marked. Another out-of-town runner and I found ourselves at a crossroad with no direction and ended up lost downtown and having to ask directions back. There was a lead bike, but with one person way out in front, the rest of us had no view of the bike to lead us in. Locals seemed okay, but if you want to encourage others to run, you need to welcome and support. The bull medal was cool, though.

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    kassidi.s.johnson REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This year there was very little support in the full course. Some intersections did have people and dodging of cars was required, not enough water stops and course was not … MORE

    This year there was very little support in the full course. Some intersections did have people and dodging of cars was required, not enough water stops and course was not well marked. On more than one occasion I had to tell an out of town person where to go because it was not marked. Also the hat received at the finish didn’t even say finisher

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    3
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    apescute REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I have run this race 8 yrs in a row and will continue to run it! It has the best scenery and is fun! We run through the zoo, by … MORE

    I have run this race 8 yrs in a row and will continue to run it! It has the best scenery and is fun! We run through the zoo, by the orangutans, giraffes, tigers, sloths and so much more! The hill are through beautiful Cameron Park and the Jacobs Ladder challenge is a must! For each challenge you accept you get more bling! To top it all of you get ALL your race photo’s for FREEEEEEE!!!!!

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    5
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    kristinemharper FIRST-TIMER '19

    After completing this race, I completely respect why there's not a published elevation map because it might scare people away. The course is mostly flat, sure there's a couple of … MORE

    After completing this race, I completely respect why there’s not a published elevation map because it might scare people away. The course is mostly flat, sure there’s a couple of big hills which you reach the top at miles 14 and 15, but the real fun begins just after mile 20. This is not the course to try to beat your marathon PR, but definitely one I will be doing again

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    rzmeador FIRST-TIMER '19

    As a first timer for the HM, I knew what I was in for as far as hills and steep hills. If you love a challenge, try walking up Jacobs … MORE

    As a first timer for the HM, I knew what I was in for as far as hills and steep hills. If you love a challenge, try walking up Jacobs Ladder at mile 10. So worth the extra bling! Overall a great race, great production, and we lucked out with the beautiful weather. Don’t go in with high expectations of a PR. Enjoy the scenery and the misery of hill after hill after hill. For a great cause, Be the Match, make a difference.

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    Josephfraga REPEAT RUNNER '19

    One of a kind challenging marathon, plenty of hills and other “fun” optional challenges such as the climb up Jacobs ladder after eating a jalapeño around mile 22. The “encouraging” … MORE

    One of a kind challenging marathon, plenty of hills and other “fun” optional challenges such as the climb up Jacobs ladder after eating a jalapeño around mile 22. The “encouraging” signs as you enter the hills of Cameron park will either entertain, motivate or tick you off enough to push through them hills, overall it’s one you have to experience and tell or brag to all your friends about.

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    5
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    evallie29 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I ran the 50k two years ago a ran the 10k this year. Wonderfully produced. Great cause. I became a MATCH for bone marrow donation thanks to them. Tough marathon … MORE

    I ran the 50k two years ago a ran the 10k this year. Wonderfully produced. Great cause. I became a MATCH for bone marrow donation thanks to them. Tough marathon course and flat 10k. Very fun!

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    sdsimecek REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I’ve run this marathon twice. Train by hitting hills late in your long runs. Hills start at about the half mark and don’t let up until about mile 24. It’s … MORE

    I’ve run this marathon twice. Train by hitting hills late in your long runs. Hills start at about the half mark and don’t let up until about mile 24. It’s a good challenge.

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    nesham REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Be ready for hill hills and more hills but also be ready for the infomous jacobs ladder at mile 11.you think your legs hurt wait till your done with the … MORE

    Be ready for hill hills and more hills but also be ready for the infomous jacobs ladder at mile 11.you think your legs hurt wait till your done with the ladder.but you get an additional medal with completing the ladder!

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    chelsy.cork REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This race is a logistical dream. Show up 30 minutes before race starts for hardly any lines in a hotel bathroom and a parking spot near the start/finish. It’s not … MORE

    This race is a logistical dream. Show up 30 minutes before race starts for hardly any lines in a hotel bathroom and a parking spot near the start/finish. It’s not a big race but it’s so easy and stress-free.

    The half course begins with close to 7 miles of flat roads near and around downtown Waco and Baylor University. Then about 3 miles of some pretty challenging hills. Like actual hills, not rolling inclines – HILLS. But what goes up, must come down. The final 3 miles are a huge downhill and flat to the finish.

    I do this race every year.

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    sgaston6125 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I have run both the Half and Full marathon and I have to stress that you will need to prepare for the hills... It's definitely not a secret, they do … MORE

    I have run both the Half and Full marathon and I have to stress that you will need to prepare for the hills… It’s definitely not a secret, they do give you fair warning. This race showcases the best views Waco has to offer and is well organized. Year after year they offer some of the best most unique medals and race swag! This is hands down one of the best races and all for a good cause too!

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    brasilera1900 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    One of my favorites races! Amazing support, volunteers, atmosphere! I run over 20 races a year.. this one by far it’s one of the best , most well organized race … MORE

    One of my favorites races! Amazing support, volunteers, atmosphere! I run over 20 races a year.. this one by far it’s one of the best , most well organized race in Texas! 3 time running it and be there again in 2019!!

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    chflagss REPEAT RUNNER '18

    All aspects of race from start to finish are amazing. Not to mention, you challenge yourself more than you know. Definitely would recommend any runner to participate. There’s a race … MORE

    All aspects of race from start to finish are amazing. Not to mention, you challenge yourself more than you know. Definitely would recommend any runner to participate. There’s a race for any age or level. And by all means, do the “Jacobs Ladder Challenge”.

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    5

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    cofsky3 FIRST-TIMER '18

    The cause is a great one and the challenges are cool. Will be doing this race again. Love the hand made finisher medals. Pacing was good...all in all it was … MORE

    The cause is a great one and the challenges are cool. Will be doing this race again. Love the hand made finisher medals. Pacing was good…all in all it was a good race.

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    wltelfer FIRST-TIMER '18

    The first half of the marathon course is along the river & through Baylor's campus, but starting at about the halfway point there is nothing but rolling hills & more … MORE

    The first half of the marathon course is along the river & through Baylor’s campus, but starting at about the halfway point there is nothing but rolling hills & more rolling hills. I was under prepared & I knew it so my miles were slower than my previous 2 marathons & the hills (most of which I knew were coming) really slowed me down. Great challenging course, nice scenery, good swag & I would run again for sure.

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    Caabbe00 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    A beautiful scenic tour of the Baylor Campus, Cameron Park Zoo and up and down many hills. Jacob’s Ladder is an optional challenge around mile 11. Do it! It will … MORE

    A beautiful scenic tour of the Baylor Campus, Cameron Park Zoo and up and down many hills. Jacob’s Ladder is an optional challenge around mile 11. Do it! It will leave you feeling empowered. The race is extremely organized!

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    Cannon040714 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Its a great race with lots to see and lots and lots of hills. The whole race was put together very well and the volunteers were all great. I will … MORE

    Its a great race with lots to see and lots and lots of hills. The whole race was put together very well and the volunteers were all great. I will run this one again the next couple of years.

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    whitney.demel FIRST-TIMER '18

    So glad I did this race!! The crowds and volunteers were awesome, the course was beautiful (and I loved spotting houses from Fixer Upper along the way), and I loved … MORE

    So glad I did this race!! The crowds and volunteers were awesome, the course was beautiful (and I loved spotting houses from Fixer Upper along the way), and I loved the finisher food (brisket fajitas, yes please!!!). The course was hilly (I actually really like hills, though), so probably not the best race for PR-ing. For just a good, fun view of the city, you can’t beat it 🙂

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