Course Details

  • Medical

    Medical teams will be located at each aid station, marked by red “Medical Station” signage, at the end of the aid zone. They will also be located at the start an finish lines.

  • Mile Markers

    Digital clocks will be located every 5k on both the Marathon and Half Marathon courses. These clocks will be based on gun time. Mile markers will be located every mile with raised event signage on both the Marathon and Half Marathon courses.

  • Pace Groups

    We will have a 3:00 pace group that will get you to the finish in 2:59 Gun Time, plus pace groups for the following Boston Qualifying Times: 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:55, 4:00, 4:10, 4:25, 4:40, and 4:55. The Boston Qualifier pace groups will run based on chip time.

    The Pace Group Leaders will be running “Even Splits”. This means that every mile will be run at approximately the same pace. Exceptions to this will be in the beginning of the race due to the bottleneck at the start, and on the miles which may be slightly hilly. Think of them as a moving finish line with your goal time pinned to the back of their shirts.

  • Pets

    Pets make great training partners, but please leave them at home race morning. No pets allowed on course

  • Start Line

    The Start Line is located in downtown Austin. Start time for both the Austin Marathon and the Austin Half Marathon is at 7:00am CST. Restrooms will be will be readily available through the area and at the start line.

  • Bag Check

    The gear check tent opens at 5:30am on race morning. When you pick up your race packet at the expo, you will receive a clear plastic bag. This is the only bag that will be accepted into gear check. Please don’t leave anything valuable in your bag as we cannot take responsibility for any lost items.

  • Entertainment

    With over 15 Austin bands to keep you motivated, from local Austin rock bands, to drummers, cheer groups and dance teams, we will help keep you moving and keep you entertained! Spectators along the course throughout each neighborhood will also support you in your efforts to meet your goal of finishing strong!

  • Headphones

    Headphones are welcome, just make sure that you can hear the course marshals & instructions from course volunteers and staff.

  • Strollers

    Strollers are only allowed for the 5K distance.

Course Description

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 support, music, and scenery- from funky to modern and everything in between. The course leaves downtown heading south through the SOCO district where runners will see Lady Bird Lake, The I Love You Mural and St. Edward’s University. Runners will turn and be greeted with cheering crowds as they descend back to downtown on South 1st Street. From here, Cesar Chavez takes runners west with views of downtown and the historic Austin Power Plant. On the turn back into town Half Marathon and Marathon Runners will split.

Half Marathon runners will head back towards The University of Texas Campus to complete the loop on Congress Ave for the finish line in front of the Texas State Capitol. Marathon runners will split and head north through Austin neighborhoods such as Shoal Creek, Allandale, and Crestview. Through the cheering crowds they then will turn back towards historic Hyde Park and The University of Texas DKR Memorial Stadium. They will continue downhill towards Congress Ave for a finish in front of the Texas State Capitol! After refueling with food and drinks, take a stroll down Congress Ave and visit many great vendors and attractions!

The Austin Marathon 5K benefiting Paramount Theatre starts and finishes at the Marathon finish line. The out and back course parallels the Texas State Capitol and heads north towards The University of Texas Campus. Runners will weave through the campus and see the UT Tower and DKR Memorial Stadium before turning and heading back towards downtown. On the way back they will be greeted with the beautiful views of the State Capitol grounds as they cross the finish line.

2017 Course Maps

For up to date and interactive maps, download The Austin Marathon Mobile App. Includes athlete tracking, interactive maps, lists of bands, cheer stations, and more!


Marathon and Half Marathon


Finish Line Festival

Start Line

Elevation Map

Aid Stations

Clif Shot Zones

Runners can look for CLIF SHOT® Energy Gel to boost them through out the course! CLIF SHOT is a great-tasting sports nutrition line for performance athletes that delivers essential energy and hydration, plus fast muscle recovery, using organic and other nutritious ingredients. The CLIF SHOT line takes a streamlined approach to nutrition, delivering only what the body needs most while training and competing.

Nuun Hydration

nuun is passionate about replenishing active people and our planet by using clean ingredients and practices in their great tasting and industry leading sports drink. nuun will be located at all aid stations throughout the course and will be positioned as the first in the series of tables. The tables and coolers will be labeled nuun to help with visibility. Volunteers will also be announcing what they are handing out.

Water on Course

Each aid station will have water. As part of our sustainability we will use Water Monsters to fill recyclable cups for athletes. Please help keep Austin clean by disposing of your cups in the marked recycling bins or as close to as possible.

On Course Entertainment!

Live Music Capitol

Austin is not known as the Live Music Capitol for nothing! Awesome bands will keep you rocking all the way to the finish line!




Course Time

The Austin Marathon time limits are set to provide the safest and most positive race day experience.  Participants in all distances will need to be able to maintain the average pace per mile in order to stay ahead of the streets being re-opened.

Austin Marathon = 7 hours (16 minute pace)

Austin Half Marathon = 4 hours (18 minute pace)

5K = 1 hour (19 minute pace)

These times make sure that runners are protected from vehicular traffic and have the support they need to successfully complete the race.    

Weather Contingency Plan

In the event of inclement weather prior to 7 AM, the start time of this event may be delayed by up to 45 minutes.  If a delay of more than 45 minutes is necessary, then the Marathon will be shortened to a Half Marathon. Should the weather conditions continue to be unsafe for the run, the event will be canceled for all participants.

Athletes will be notified of event changes via email and social media. The Official Austin Marathon event app (search #RUNAUSTIN) can be downloaded through Apple Store and Google Play to receive up to the minute event updates through push notifications (opt-in).