Elite Athletes

The Austin Marathon® presented by NXP, scheduled to take place on February 19, 2017, is calling for elite marathoners to register for the Elite Athlete Program.  Elite athletes will compete in the marathon for a prize purse totaling $10,000. The 26.2-mile course, which starts and finishes downtown, is USATF sanctioned and certified and features some of the best views Austin has to offer. The course is well-supported with 22 aid stations, 26 bands, hundreds of amazing signs, and thousands of cheering spectators. Historically, temperatures in mid-February range from a high of 66 degrees to a low of 46 degrees. Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 20+ countries around the world. We have also teamed up with FloTrack to stream live coverage of the race. Run in Austin, be seen around the world.

The fully supported program that includes hotel and transportation assistance and standard bonuses will be capped at 20 total marathoners: 10 male and 10 female. There is no cap for the number of athletes that can compete for prize money. Athletes accepted into the full support programs will receive an entry into the Austin Marathon, one room or home stay for two nights, and receive a complimentary ride from the airport to downtown and back to the airport at no cost.

Prize Purse: $10,000 total – Five deep for male and female

$5000 each division

  • 1st – $2000
  • 2nd – $1500
  • 3rd – $800
  • 4th – $450
  • 5th – $250


***Non-race day standards must be met at least two years prior to February 19, 2017

Eligibility Standards for the Austin Marathon Elite Athlete Program:

Male: 2:24 (full) / 1:07 (half)
Female: 2:49 (full) / 1:17 (half)

Registration Standards Program:Excepted elite athletes will receive $100 for having hit Olympic standard before the Austin Marathon.

Male: 2:19 (full) or 1:05 (half)
Female: 2:45 (full) or 1:15 (half)

Race Day Standards Program: Elite athletes will receive $100 for hitting Olympic standard during the Austin Marathon.

Male: 2:19 (full only)
Female: 2:45 (full only)

Application: Elite Athlete applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 31, 2016. Athletes will be notified of their selection by a representative of the selection committee.