Course Details

  • Start Line

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

    The Austin Marathon 5K Run will start and finish at 2nd & Congress.

  • Pace Groups

    We will have pace groups based on marathon times. Half marathoners can join in for the first 12 miles of the course. Think of them as a moving finish line with your goal time pinned to the back of their shirts. Learn More about pacers.
  • Complimentary Gear Check

    Complimentary Gear Check is available race morning starting at 5:30 am. Only the clear plastic bags provided will be accepted into the tent. Please don’t leave anything valuable in your bag as we cannot take responsibility for any lost items.

  • 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.

  • 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 and finish lines.

  • Aid Stations

    Full Marathon: 22 Aid stations with water, electrolyte hydration, medical, restrooms. 2 energy zones (mile 9 & 20)

    Half Marathon: 9 Aid stations with water, electrolyte hydration, medical, restrooms. 1 energy zone (mile 9)

    Miles: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

  • Energy Zones

    There are 2 energy zones on course offering gels.

    Miles 9 and 20

Course Flyover Video

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

The Austin Marathon 5K benefiting the Paramount Theatre will start and finish at 2nd & Congress.

Rules & Course Time Limits

  • 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.

  • Pets

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

Course Cutoffs

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 = 16 minute pace (7 hours)

Austin Half Marathon = 18 minute pace (4 hours)

5K = 19 minute pace (1 hour)

These times ensure runners are protected from vehicular traffic and have the support they need to successfully complete the race.    
The marathon course closes at 2:00 PM. The half marathon course closes at 11:30 AM. 

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.

Austin Marathon Course Map Downloads by Distance

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.


On Course Hydration

There will be electrolyte hydration located at all aid stations throughout the course and will be positioned as the first in the series of tables. 

  • 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.

Energy Zones

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

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.

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.