Out running: races to try this season


Austin Marathon participants wait for the race to start in front of the Capitol building. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

It might be tempting to stay in some nice warm pajamas this season, but it’s always good to get outside and move around, despite the unforgiving weather. Here are some local races that are coming up this winter and next semester!


Resolution Day Austin 5k is a family friendly race at Camp Mabry in Austin, TX, 78703, on January 8th. There is a 5k and a Kids K, starting at 8:30 A.M. and 10 A.M., respectively. Packet pickup will be on race day from 7 to 8 A.M.

Austin Marathon and Half Marathon is a major one for long distance runners everywhere. It will be on February 19th in downtown Austin. Both the marathon and the half will start at 7 AM that morning. Packet pickup will be available at the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon Health & Fitness Expo at the Austin Convention Center Hall 5 the Friday and Saturday before the race, where there will also be 100+ vendors selling athletic gear! Every year, there are about 18,000 participants from around the globe.

Dell Children’s Medical Center 5k starts at 4900 Mueller Blvd Austin, TX US 78723 on April 8, 2017. The race is family friendly! There is both a timed and untimed 5k starting at 8 A.M., and a Kids K starting at 8:30 A.M. There is also a Family Fun Fair, which opens at 8 A.M. The race will benefit the patients and programs of Dell Children’s Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity.

Cap 10k is one you have probably heard of before. Although it isn’t for a while, it will begin at 8:00 A.M. on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, at 305 South Congress Ave. Austin TX 78704. Registration is already open online, and you can pick up your race packet at the Health and Fitness Expo on Barton Springs Rd. It is $35 to participate for those over 10 years old. It is the oldest annual city race, the largest 10k in Texas, and the 7th largest 10k in the country. The race is a 10k (6.2 miles), and the time limit is 2 hours for able-bodied participants (20 minute mile pace). It fits both the overly-competitive and laid back types, and is extremely family friendly!