Austin Marathon Partnering with Oskar Blues Brewery Austin

AUSTIN, Texas, November 8, 2016 — High Five Events, one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States, is excited to introduce Oskar Blues Brewery Austin as the Official Beer Sponsor for the 2017 Austin Marathon® presented by NXP. The Austin Marathon will feature Oskar Blues signature Austin-brewed beers at the finish line festival’s beer garden.

“We’re thrilled to be part of the Austin Marathon and offer ice cold, anti-ficial “recovery” drinks for all 21 and over race finishers,” said Diana Ralston, Director of Sponsorships for Oskar Blues. “We’ve been busy brainstorming ways to integrate along the course and are excited to bring a little OB vibe to this much-loved Austin tradition.”

Oskar Blues Brewery Austin, the first craft beer brewery to can craft beer, will offer 21+ finishers and spectators their award-winning, Austin-brewed beers on race day. The Austin Marathon’s beer garden will provide runners and their friends and family a place to gather, relax, and enjoy any one of Oskar Blues’ signature craft brews post-race.

“We’re thrilled to have Oskar Blues provide our finishers and spectators with their award-winning craft brews on race day,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “Oskar Blues has been a staple in the endurance and outdoor activity scene and their addition to our finish line festival will make race day that much more memorable for our participants and spectators.”

The Austin Marathon will celebrate its 26th year running in the capital of Texas. Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 20+ countries around the world. With start and finish locations just a few blocks apart, and within walking distance of many downtown hotels and restaurants, the Austin Marathon is the perfect running weekend destination. Participants can still register for the marathon, half marathon, or 5K.

About High Five Events: Beginning with the launch of a single triathlon in 2003, High Five Events has grown to become one of the largest privately owned event production companies in the United States. In addition to the events it owns and produces, the Austin, Texas-based company offers consulting and event production services to dozens of additional events each year. High Five Events is community-centric and has more than 83 years’ experience organizing large events across different venue types in a variety of locations. Follow High Five Events on Twitter (@highfiveevents), Instagram (@highfiveevents), and Facebook ( for news and updates.

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About Oskar Blues Brewery Austin: Oskar Blues Brewery’s Austin location at 10420 Metric Boulevard, near the Domain in North Austin, opened its doors to the public in late-July 2016 with a focus on providing the freshest possible OB beer to Texans. The taproom boasts a 5000 square foot space with a state-of-the-art sound system and stage for live music. The Austin location, Oskar Blues’ third brewery after the flagship in Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina spans 50,000 square feet and will brew many, if not most, of OB’s well-known lineup plus many Austin-specialties. To keep up with all things Oskar Blues, visit

Austin Marathon Announces Elite Athlete Program Runners

This is the first round of athletes accepted into the program

High Five Events is excited to announce the first round of accepted athletes for the 2017 Austin Marathon® presented by NXP Elite Athlete Program. The Elite Athlete Program’s focus is to provide a clean and competitive environment, discover emerging marathon talent, and help the existing talent pool reach Olympic standards. The Program’s Year One prize purse totals $10,000.

The first round of 2017 Elite Athlete Program runners include:
  • David Fuentes (2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier – marathon, 3x Austin Half Marathon Champion (2010, ‘11, ‘15), 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon Champion)
  • Sean Brown (2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier – marathon)
  • Mark Pinales (2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier – marathon)
  • Rory Tunningley (2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier – marathon)
  • Desiree Ficker Berry (2011 Austin Marathon Champion, 10th place – 2009 ING New York City Marathon, 2008 Olympic Trials Qualifier – marathon)
  • Anita Perez (2016 Olympic Trials Qualifier – marathon)

“I am coming off a successful Trail and Mountain racing season and my current training is going well,” said David Fuentes, gold medalist at the 2016 World Mountain Running Association Championships. “My recent races in the mountain and trail circuit have been great additions to my overall aerobic and strength development. I will start my transition to the Austin Marathon build soon and really start to focus on putting in quality workouts for February.”

Applications are still being accepted and elite marathoners can apply on the Austin Marathon’s website. Athletes that meet the program’s standards and are accepted will be given one comp entry to the 2017 Austin Marathon, a complimentary ride from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to downtown and back to the airport, and the option of a hotel room or home stay for two nights at no cost.

The way the Elite Athlete Program has taken off is exciting,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “We’ve taken measures to ensure we have a clean and competitive race on February 19th. Our research and vetting process has been and will continue to be extremely thorough. We’re also asking accepted athletes to take the Clean Sport pledge if they haven’t already..”


FloSports to Provide Live-stream Coverage of 2017 Austin Marathon

High Five Events is thrilled to announce that FloSports will provide live-streaming coverage of the 2017 Austin Marathon® presented by NXP. The live feed will provide coverage for the entire race and be seen by fans across the globe on, the leader in live-streaming video and digital content in running and track & field. […]