Perks of the 2019 Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour

Perks of registering for Austin’s premier running event

Registration for the 2019 Austin Marathon® presented by Under Armour officially opens on Friday, June 1st. There are numerous perks to participating in Austin’s premier running event. We break down the race weekend perks included with your registration.

Just think: tour of Austin, sweet belt buckle medals, live music at every turn, amazing food, beer garden, and so much more. It’s okay to get excited, promise!

2019 Austin Marathon race weekend perks

Under Armour gear: perks of the 2019 Austin Marathon

Half marathoner sports his Under Armour shirt on race day.

  • distances for the whole family
    • if 26.2 miles isn’t for you, register for the Austin Half Marathon or the Austin Marathon 5K
  • sweet Under Armour participant shirts and bags
  • choice of numerous downtown hotels
    • within walking distance of the start and finish lines
    • offer discounted rates for participants who book through our website
  • 2-day, jam-packed Health and Fitness Expo (Feb. 15 – 16)
    • test new products
    • sample new nutrition/hydration
    • exclusive, commemorative Austin Marathon gear
    • sit back and relax while you watch the indoor Jumbotron
  • bragging rights for the rest of your life!

Race day perks – February 17, 2019

  • 22 aid stations stocked with nuun performance and water

    belt buckle finisher medals: perks of the 2019 Austin Marathon

    2018 Austin Marathon belt buckle finisher medal.

  • 2 Clif Bar Zones on course
  • belt buckle finisher medals
  • tens of thousands of cheering spectators
  • all the live music you can handle
    • National Anthem singer also playing at the start line
    • 20+ acts on course
    • live performances at the finish line festival
  • 2500 volunteers supporting you with their time, dedication, and energy
  • 17 different pace groups to help you achieve your goals

    professional pacers: perks of the 2019 Austin Marathon

    They pace, you race.

  • tour of all of Austin
    • coolest landmarks (I Love You So Much mural, Hi, How Are You? mural, UT Tower, Stubb’s BBQ)
    • oldest neighborhoods (Hyde Park, Clarksville, East Cesar Chavez)
    • iconic locations (Lady Bird Like (twice), South Congress Ave. 6th Street, Guadalupe Street, University of Texas)

Wait, more perks!

  • FloSports live coverage showing every finisher cross the finish line
    • 2 Jumbotrons at finish line festival to watch coverage
  • Austin Gives Miles
    • make your miles more meaningful when you run on behalf of a Central Texas nonprofit
    • 2018 Austin Gives Miles raised more than $670,000
  • option to purchase access to not one, but two VIP sections
    beer garden: perks of the 2019 Austin Marathon

    Celebrate post-race with friends and family in the Oskar Blues beer garden.

    • start line VIP where you can relax, grab a quick bite, drop your bag, and access private restrooms
    • finish line VIP complete with more live music, delicious snacks, adult beverages, perfect finish line view
  • finish with Texas State Capitol as your backdrop
  • post-race recovery zone
    • recover, roll, and stretch those muscles
    • pre-book a post-race massage
  • finish line festival
    that finish line feeling: perks of the 2019 Austin Marathon

    The moment you realize you accomplished so much on the streets of Austin.

    • Oskar Blues Austin beer garden (for 21+)
    • access to different food trucks
    • 2 different bands
    • largest party on Congress Avenue!
  • awards for various divisions
    • elites
    • age groupers
    • visually impaired runners
  • the spine-tingling, goosebump-initiating feeling of achieving goals and realizing dreams

PROfile: Allison Macsas, 2018 Austin Marathon female champion

Allison Macsas qualified for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials at 2018 Austin Marathon

Allison Macsas becomes back-to-back Austin Marathon female champion.

Allison Macsas becomes back-to-back Austin Marathon female champion in 2018.

Update on Allison Macsas – I just spent six weeks in Morocco guiding a running trip. I’m also planning my wedding and deciding where to move to and actually move before June! Read her 2018 Austin Marathon recap and watch her post-race interview.

I’ve been a mileage junkie since the age of 15 when I was convinced to (reluctantly) join my high school cross country team. That decision has led to a life built around running: a successful collegiate career at the University of Tampa, 2012, 2016, and 2020* Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers, a coaching position with Rogue Running here in Austin and, most recently, a 2017 and 2018* Austin Marathon win, and an FKT on the 93-mile Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier.

In 2012, I co-founded Rogue Expeditions, an adventure travel company for runners. I currently balance my training and racing with a packed travel schedule and the demands of running (literally) a small business. This unorthodox approach has worked well for me so far. I’ve run my 10K, half marathon and marathon PRs (34:11, 1:13:02 and 2:39:41) within the past couple of years, all while bouncing between short bouts of structured training and long stretches of guiding and trail running all over the world.

*Macsas earned “B” standard for 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials at 2018 Austin Marathon (2:43:11)

Marathon PR (2:39:41)

Allison Macsas draped in the American flag after winning the 2017 Austin Marathon.

Allison Macsas draped in the American flag after winning the 2017 Austin Marathon.

Training tip 

Embrace discomfort! Nothing about running 26.2 miles is comfortable, and any number of things could happen on race day: hot weather, rain, wind, a bad night of sleep, a sour stomach. I think that it’s good to have these things happen in training because it gives you a chance to figure out a solution or an adjustment. Then if something goes wrong on race day, you can deal with it – you’ve done it before.

Race day tip

Focus on efforts, not paces. This course is covered in rolling hills, and your pace is naturally going to be faster while descending; you’ll drive yourself crazy if you keep checking your watch! The more important thing to do is to pay attention to how you feel, and make sure that you feel relaxed for the first half – any faster is likely to cause problems in the later miles! I personally like to check my watch in 3-4 mile intervals, to get a more realistic idea of my average pace.

Upcoming races for Allison Macsas: Planning for 2018 CIM (Dec. 2nd) for an A-standard attempt

Returning for 2019 Austin Marathon: It’s on my radar, but TBD

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