Course Details

2021 Modifications

  • All volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves at aid stations
  • Aid stations will be spaced to allow for social distancing
  • Masks are required within the start and finish line zones. Mask are not required while on course, look for signage at the start that indicates when you can remove your mask. If you do not have a mask with you when you finish, one will be provided.
  • You will be assigned a start time, you timing does not start until you cross under the start line.
  • More details on modifications to the event are outlined in our COVID-19 Plan.
  • 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.

  • Pets

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

  • Course Cutoffs

    Austin Marathon = 7 hours (16 minute pace)

    Austin Half Marathon = 4 hours (18 minute pace)

    5K = 1 hour (19 minute pace)

    Participants not maintaining the pace to finish within this time will be directed to get onto the sidewalk by race officials and the finish line will not remain open beyond these finishing times.

  • Start Line

    The Start Line is located in downtown Austin. Start times are assigned for the half marathon between 7:00am – 8:10am CST. 5K start times are 8:45 and 8:50. Restrooms will be will be readily available through the area and at the start line.

  • 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 Maps

The Ascension Seton Austin Half Marathon will start at 2nd & Congress and end at 9th & Congress.

The Austin Marathon KXAN SimpleHealth 5K and the Manzano Mile will start and finish at 2nd & Congress.

The full 26.2 Marathon will not be run in 2021.

Elevation Profile

Aid Stations

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.

nuun hydration

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. 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.

  • Image of a circle of GU Energy Gels arranged by flavor and color of packet. GU Energy Labs is the Official Energy Gel and Chew of the 2020 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon.

GU Energy Zones

Runners can look for these energy zones stocked with GU gels to refuel and boost them throughout the course!

Flavors include:

Strawberry Banana
Salted Watermelon (20mg caffeine)
Chocolate Outrage (20mg caffeine)

Medical & Restrooms

Each aid station will have medical personnel with basic first aid. There will be multiple restrooms at each aid station with more at miles 1, 3, and 5.

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.    
* The full 26.2 Austin Marathon will not be run in 2021.

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, social media, and the official mobile app.

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