Our COVID-19 Plan

Update March 20th, 2021

Formal approval has been issued by the City of Austin through the special event permitting process with Austin Center for Events (ACE) and Austin Public Health and stems from months of continued support and planning.

The approved COVID-19 Mitigation Plan puts in place precautions that exceed COVID-19 guidelines set forth by the City of Austin. The Austin Marathon and our sponsors and partners like Ascension Seton, Austin Public Health, and the City of Austin are all fully committed to the Mitigation Plan. The full COVID-19 mitigation plan is available to view on our site.

Strategies include:
– Participation capacity reduced by 53%
– Density reduction by 88%
– Assigned start times extended over a longer time frame
– Enhanced sanitation
– Adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols
– Elimination of mass gathering activities
– Discourage spectators from attending to reduce COVID transmission risk

Read the full mitigation plan below:

Transfer & Deferral Policy

We understand the financial commitment that you are undertaking and therefore we keeping our deferral policy in place for the April 25, 2021 event. While we cannot offer refunds in the case that the event is canceled, we hope that the options below will help you keep the Austin Marathon as part of your goals in 2021. 

We are a small business and commit financially to all of the expenses related to a race well in advance of the actual race date. Thank you for understanding and supporting High Five Events and local events. 

Event Cancellation due to COVID-19

We are offering free deferral to participants if the Austin Marathon is canceled as a result of COVID-19. 

  • Entry fees & VIP tickets can be deferred to 2022, 2023, or 2024.
  • Merchandise sales will defer with registration.
  • Charity Donations and Membership Sales (Dell Children’s, Marathon Kids, ARC Memberships) are final at the time of sale. No refunds and no deferrals.

Transferring from Original February 14th Austin Marathon, Half or 5K

All participants from the original race day (February 14, 2021) have been notified several times since through the email used in registration about completing their transfer or deferral. These entires are subject to the capacity set in our mitigation plan. Once the event sells out, no more transfers can be completed.

Virtual Events  

We have introduced virtual events for all distances in 2021. Participants can choose to change their registration to virtual at any time with no additional fees. 

The price difference in registration will not be refunded once you switch to virtual. 

All virtual registrations made before March 1st will receive their packets before race day. Packets for virtuals that register/transfer after February 1st will be mailed 30 days following the event. 

Past Updates

Update March 10th, 2021

As of March 15th, the capacity for the Half Marathon & 5K will be reduced to 47% of normal capacity. With these limits we are expecting the event to sell out. We are hard at work planning an amazing in person experience for all participants and will be releasing our full covid-19 mitigation plan to the public next week. This plan will go over specific measures that will take place at the event.

Update March 10th, 2021

As of March 15th, the capacity for the Half Marathon & 5K will be reduced to 47% of normal capacity. With these limits we are expecting the event to sell out. We are hard at work planning an amazing in person experience for all participants and will be releasing our full covid-19 mitigation plan to the public next week. This plan will go over specific measures that will take place at the event.

Update February 1, 2021

The Ascension Seton Austin Half Marathon, KXAN SimpleHealth 5K, and Manzano Mile are scheduled to be held in-person on Sunday, April 25th, even though the Cap10K, which was scheduled for April 11th, has switched to a virtual event. We are hard at work planning an amazing in-person experience for all participants while working with City of Austin and Austin Public Health to incorporate City, State, and Federal Covid-19 protocols into the event.

Update November 18, 2020

During our latest meeting with the City of Austin, the collaborative decision was made to move the Austin Marathon to the alternative date of April 25, 2021, and modify the event to be a half marathon, 5K, and 1- mile run. This date was chosen with the confidence of Austin Public Health that we could coordinate and plan an in person event.

While we are disappointed to not be able to celebrate our 30th Anniversary in 2021 as originally planned, we still have a great event in the works for April. We will be extending our 30th Anniversary celebrations through 2022 so that we can properly include our full 26.2 distance.

Participants have been emailed with their options to transfer to the new event date or activate their option for free deferral to 2022, 2023, or 2024. If you did not receive an email and it is not in your junk folder, please email us and we will have the form resent to you.

The health, safety, and well-being of our team, participants, and volunteers is always our first priority and we take that responsibility very seriously. Our goal has always been to produce our events with the highest level of safety and we will continue to do that while also adhering to or even surpassing new City, State, and Federal COVID-19 guidelines. 

As we approach race day we will publish more on the specific safety steps and precautions that will be implemented. It is important to remember that this is an evolving situation and is subject to change as conditions and best practices evolve.

Thank you for understanding and supporting local events. 

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