Course Details

  • 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.

  • Pace Groups

    We will have pace groups for 3:00, 3:05, 3:10, 3:15, 3:20, 3:25, 3:30, 3:35, 3:40, 3:45, 3:50, 3:55, 4:00, 4:05, 4:20, 4:35, 4:50. The 3:00 pace group will run on gun time. All other pace groups will run based on chip time.
    The Pace Group Leaders will run “Even Splits”. This means they’ll run every mile at approximately the same pace. Exceptions to this will be in the beginning of the race due to the bottleneck at the start and on the miles which the course dictates. Think of them as a moving finish line with your goal time pinned to the back of their shirts.
  • 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 = 7 hours (16 minute pace)

    Austin Half Marathon = 4 hours (18 minute pace)

    5K = 1 hour (19 minute pace)

    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.

  • 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.

  • Bag Check

    Complimentary Gear Check is available race morning stating 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. Help us be green by only taking a clear plastic bag if you are sure going check gear and cannot leave your items in your hotel, car, or with a spectator.

  • 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 Maps

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

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

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.

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.