Overall Rating
Overall Rating (909 Reviews)
4.7
(909 Ratings) 🏆 (909 Reviews)
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3.4
SCENERY
4.2
PRODUCTION
4.6
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4.4
Welcome to The Cowtown®! Thank you for choosing to run one of our great races, or challenging yourself with two. Voted America’s Rave Race in 2020, Cowtown Race Weekend takes place on the last weekend in February of each year and is currently the second largest multi-event race in Texas. … MORE
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    charminmckee FIRST-TIMER '22

    The atmosphere throughout the entire Marathon course was amazing! How they can pull that all off just amazes me! I definitely recommend everyone to check this race out. They have … MORE

    The atmosphere throughout the entire Marathon course was amazing! How they can pull that all off just amazes me! I definitely recommend everyone to check this race out. They have a distance for everyone!

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    Very nice race, the slopes are somewhat hard, a lot of motivation along the route, only very cold, but they are external factors that production cannot work on MORE

    Very nice race, the slopes are somewhat hard, a lot of motivation along the route, only very cold, but they are external factors that production cannot work on

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    dannyascencio7 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I ran the marathon, for my second time this year . Great race over all . The course is difficult, is a rolling hills. But if you train for the … MORE

    I ran the marathon, for my second time this year . Great race over all . The course is difficult, is a rolling hills. But if you train for the hills, you will be prepared . Mile 9 does have a big hill , but good support in that area, which helps you out.
    But I ended up with PR . Happy with the results .

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    cluedeker FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first Cowtown, and I will be back! I loved seeing the sights of Fort Worth, and everything was so well organized. Thanks for hosting this race Fort … MORE

    This was my first Cowtown, and I will be back! I loved seeing the sights of Fort Worth, and everything was so well organized. Thanks for hosting this race Fort Worth! I loved shopping after the race in the Expo and the finisher medals are amazing! It was a very cold race at 32 degrees, but all the camraderie and fans cheering and live bands along the route warmed my heart! See you next year!

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    carlynoswald FIRST-TIMER '22

    The energy and volunteers are what makes this race. This race flew by, I was so entertained by the bands, fun route, and encouraging volunteers. Yes, the uphill at the … MORE

    The energy and volunteers are what makes this race. This race flew by, I was so entertained by the bands, fun route, and encouraging volunteers. Yes, the uphill at the end was terrible but a half marathon is supposed to be a challenge right? The bit through the stockyards was awesome but tough on the feet with the cobblestone. I feel like the whole production was seamless from start to finish. At the end, you are directed through a series of swag stops and it was like christmas morning. Can’t wait to do this one again and again!

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    bivliana FIRST-TIMER '22

    The Cowtown takes you through Fort Worth’s highlights!! Makes the long run so fun and worth it. The hills are rough, but the diversity of the city and runners makes … MORE

    The Cowtown takes you through Fort Worth’s highlights!! Makes the long run so fun and worth it. The hills are rough, but the diversity of the city and runners makes up for it.

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    fmttu REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I love the race itself, but some of the changes were less than shiny. I agree with a previous review that putting the port-a-potties next to the corrals was disastrous. … MORE

    I love the race itself, but some of the changes were less than shiny. I agree with a previous review that putting the port-a-potties next to the corrals was disastrous. Trying to navigate that area was horrible with the lines for the johns. The finish area was also quite a let-down. Having to navigate that area and finish chute trying to get back to parking was awful.

    Otherwise, this is a top-notch race with great support, bands, crowds. I love the route, especially the quick pass through the stock yards. The weather was perfect in spite of the icy conditions leading up to the race weekend. I was glad they moved the expo till later in the day on Friday to allow the roads to clear up for those travelling in.

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    acstanton1169 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I have run this half 8 years. Usually it is top notch. The race itself is awesome. Great crowds, course support, runners, and course. They switched it up a bit … MORE

    I have run this half 8 years. Usually it is top notch. The race itself is awesome. Great crowds, course support, runners, and course. They switched it up a bit this year, just told me I need to train more hills in miles 11-13.
    I took off 1 star is because the staging area was horrible. It was changed this year and the people traffic jam at the start (portapotties should not be placed right in front of entrance of corrals) and the end gathering was bad logistics. Food was great and beer was ice cold. Overall Love the race and I will do again. The cowtown is always improving and helpful. I’m sure all issues will be corrected next year.

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    kphilli4 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Fast course, but watch your step in some parts. Crowd support is great. The finish is a gradual uphill climb. The course is rolling in my opinion. There is one … MORE

    Fast course, but watch your step in some parts. Crowd support is great. The finish is a gradual uphill climb. The course is rolling in my opinion. There is one giant hill in the second half of the race but after you get over it. Everything is easier.

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    There were so many friendly volunteers and runners despite the cold and wind. I had prepared myself for the long tough hill after mile 9. I was worn out at … MORE

    There were so many friendly volunteers and runners despite the cold and wind. I had prepared myself for the long tough hill after mile 9. I was worn out at mile 11.5 with facing more hills.

    It was a good experience for my first official 1/2! I also did the 5k the day before. It was cool running through the botanical gardens!

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    RodE FIRST-TIMER '22

    Ft Worth and The Cowtown know how to do it. Great weekend races, course & after party. Love running this. The swag is badass too. My third year to run … MORE

    Ft Worth and The Cowtown know how to do it. Great weekend races, course & after party. Love running this. The swag is badass too. My third year to run but first time doing the challenge.

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    tmoore714 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Definitely can’t wait till next year. Bands and fans are the best and it is so organized! The swag is the best and the food and drinks afterwards are great. … MORE

    Definitely can’t wait till next year. Bands and fans are the best and it is so organized! The swag is the best and the food and drinks afterwards are great. People are super friendly and it is a fun course.

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    timothywestcott REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This was my third time running and I enjoy it every time. Lots of people out cheering you on as you run and a lot of varied scenery. It’s a … MORE

    This was my third time running and I enjoy it every time. Lots of people out cheering you on as you run and a lot of varied scenery. It’s a nice balance of up and down elevation changes.

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    adriskil FIRST-TIMER '22

    This was my first time to run this marathon but it was my 32nd marathon. One of the best things about this race was the consistency of the pacers. I … MORE

    This was my first time to run this marathon but it was my 32nd marathon. One of the best things about this race was the consistency of the pacers. I ran with the 3:30 pacers and they were the best that I’ve ever had. The course had several turns but I liked that part better than running in a straight line for too many miles. The hills were not too bad. There is a big incline at mile 9 on a bridge, but they had several race spectators that were along this part cheering us on. I loved seeing various parts of the city, especially the Fort Worth Stockyards. There were cowboys on horses cheering us on. Lots of fan support in this area as well. This is also a great place to visit with friends and family after the race. Lots of shops and places to eat. We went to Billy Bob’s afterwards and found a cheap place to park across the street ($5). We stayed at the Holiday Inn & Suites while there. Parking was free for guests at the hotel since they were a marathon hotel. This hotel is on the same street as the race so we just warmed up and ran to the start (1.8 miles). Bag check was super easy inside the expo center. You could also stretch inside or wait until closer to the start to get lined up in your corral. I would highly recommend this race. It was very organized and there were plenty of water stations along the way. The after party/food had a lot of choices, for example, chicken noodle soup in a cup. They had fruit, chocolate milk, beer, and several other options. I was worried about the weather since it was cold and drizzly the day before. Race morning was around 25 but heated up throughout the race.

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    Rough roads in places. Arrows were okay but confused me at one turn. Very good mix of scenery. Neighborhood participation and volunteers were WONDERFUL!!!! Well organized but long wait time … MORE

    Rough roads in places. Arrows were okay but confused me at one turn.
    Very good mix of scenery. Neighborhood participation and volunteers were WONDERFUL!!!! Well organized but long wait time for the back corrals. Aid / first aid stations were plentiful and great. Medal is a good concept but not so much for out of towners who will not be able to participate to get the full puzzle medal unless virtual option is inexpensive enough to justify cost. Personally, I am not a fan of black running shirts but loved the design. I would have preferred a light weight windbreaker jacket instead of the 2nd shirt.

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    danieltgrobe FIRST-TIMER '22

    Very well supported race by the crew, and also very well supported by the community. Miles 25-30 were easily the toughest, but aren't they in any 50K? MORE

    Very well supported race by the crew, and also very well supported by the community. Miles 25-30 were easily the toughest, but aren’t they in any 50K?

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    ZaneB FIRST-TIMER '22

    First time doing the Cowtown marathon this past year. Had an absolute blast running! Challenging course, but tons of fun to run. Great scenery while you run, with lots of … MORE

    First time doing the Cowtown marathon this past year. Had an absolute blast running! Challenging course, but tons of fun to run. Great scenery while you run, with lots of cheering from the sidelines. Cannot wait until next year to run it again!

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    Raul99 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I will continue running this race every year. The run is organized to fit the runners needs. I will recommend this race to anyone looking for a great challenge MORE

    I will continue running this race every year. The run is organized to fit the runners needs. I will recommend this race to anyone looking for a great challenge

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    mjsutton FIRST-TIMER '22

    The Cowtown has been on my list of races to run for several years now, and I was able to sign up at the Dallas Half Marathon Expo in December … MORE

    The Cowtown has been on my list of races to run for several years now, and I was able to sign up at the Dallas Half Marathon Expo in December at a reduced rate ($100). I had heard a lot of great things about The Cowtown, so I had fairly high expectations going into race weekend.

    While I generally enjoyed the race experience overall, it definitely came with its share of challenges. I’m not particularly familiar with Fort Worth, and I think this contributed to some of my frustrations and confusion throughout the weekend as well.

    To start, I had a lot of difficulty finding the Expo. I was able to identify the general area where it was and navigated my way there fairly easily, but I could not figure out where I was supposed to park and then had a lot of trouble finding the correct building where the Expo was taking place. (It is located in a complex of buildings, and I walked through multiple buildings, parking lots, and loading docks before figuring out where I was supposed to go! Signs would have been helpful!) Again, I’m sure if I was more familiar with the area, it would have been easier to find (and if it’s in the same location in the future, I know I will be able to find the Expo more easily). But, this was a little stressful as an introduction to the race.

    I stayed at a nearby hotel (Residence Inn), which happened to be in the middle of a renovation during my stay. Again, I know the hotel will be great once it’s complete, but it was not a good experience staying there this time. I literally had to visit the front desk no less than five times to re-program my key (three different times on the morning of the race alone after I had already run 13.1 miles and walked a fairly significant distance!). Additionally, I was woken about 3:00 am the morning of the race to my neighbor yelling profanities for no less than 30 minutes; finally, I heard someone from the front desk knock on his door and he quieted down after that. Needless to say, I was quite frustrated by the time I checked out. I recognize that all of these issues are not necessarily a reflection on the production of The Cowtown other than this was on their list of preferred hotels with reduced rates, but I think it contributed to my overall experience and may be helpful for someone else planning their trip for The Cowtown in the future. I usually try to stay at a hotel where I can walk to the race start, but I only saw one or two hotels that would have been within walking distance of the start and finish of this race. And, I still had to drive a short distance to park on the morning of the race (which wasn’t a problem to find free parking if you arrive at least 45 minutes or more before the race begins).

    The morning of the race was pretty cold, and the race started early (7:00 am) for a winter race, in my opinion. The first third of the race was fairly nondescript and uneventful…a few hills through business districts and neighborhoods. I was a little surprised there wasn’t more community support given all the positive things I had heard about the race, but this improved quite a bit once we hit the historic Fort Worth Stockyards around Mile 6. Running through the Stockyards was fun, and the race became a bit more interesting as far as scenery goes after this point. From the Stockyards, the course headed south toward downtown Fort Worth, which required climbing a pretty steep hill at Mile 9. This was brutal and seemed to really slow down a number of folks. After this point, the race went through downtown and turned west toward the start/finish, which also seemed to be uphill a significant portion of the way. While I had wanted a better time, I was satisfied given how hilly this course was.

    The swag definitely was the best part of the race to me. I received two shirts (technical tee at the Expo and finisher t-shirt at the finish) and a little paper-thin jacket at the finish as well. The medal also was nice, but I am confused as to why it is in the shape of a puzzle piece. I may have missed the reason for this somewhere, but I have looked and can’t seem to find any explanation. There was also quite a bit of food and hydration at the end of the race, which was great. Given the cold weather, I was surprised there were no mylar blankets at the end, but this wasn’t a make-or-break thing for me. The finish was also a little chaotic without a lot of direction about where to go for the exit, but I finally figured it out!

    Overall, I think the race was okay. I will likely run it again at some point in the future, but I don’t know that this will be an annual race for me. I am also hoping that some of the construction that was present at the Expo, hotel, and neighboring areas will be over in a few years, which will make parts of the race experience a little better. A generally good event for which I will be much better prepared in the future!

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    earnold1020 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is a great race! My 10th year and finally placed 3rd in my age. Fun and great interaction and support along the whole route. Love the stockyards area. MORE

    This is a great race! My 10th year and finally placed 3rd in my age. Fun and great interaction and support along the whole route. Love the stockyards area.

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