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2020 Austin Gives Miles Raises More than $700,000 for Nonprofits

Since 2014, Austin Gives Miles presented by The Moody Foundation has raised $3.8 million

Austin Gives Miles, the Official Charity Program of the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour, raised $702,500 for the 29th annual Austin Marathon. Twenty-five Central Texas nonprofits participated in the 2020 Austin Gives Miles presented by The Moody Foundation. Charities recruited 804 participants, elevated their organization’s profile, and maximized the exposure generated by Austin’s premier running event. The Moody Foundation matched each organization’s fundraising efforts, up to $10,000.

“Continuing our partnership with the Austin Marathon allows The Moody Foundation to contribute to numerous local charities and positively affect the Central Texas communities they serve,” said Ross Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation and chairman and CEO of National Western Life Group. “We worked with the Austin Marathon to elevate our partnership with the goal of furthering our impact and we’re excited to grow our future footprint through the sport of running.”

Central Texans benefit from the growth of the partnership

For the fifth year in a row, Austin Gives Miles was the beneficiary of a grant from The Moody Foundation. The grant matched donations for each organization, up to $10,000. The 2020 grant totaled $250,000, bringing their five-year contribution to $1.2 million. Since 2014, Austin Gives Miles has raised $3.8 million. The money raised significantly impacts Central Texas and the communities the charities serve.

“Austin Gives Miles presented by The Moody Foundation continues to have a significant impact on Central Texas charities through the Austin Marathon and 2020 was no different,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “Our ability and desire to support the community we live in is constantly growing and evolving and we’re already working with The Moody Foundation for 2021.”

The Austin Marathon will celebrate its 30th year running in the capital of Texas on February 14, 2021. Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 35+ countries around the world. The start and finish locations are just a few blocks apart. They are within walking distance of many downtown hotels and restaurants. The finish line is in front of the picturesque Texas State Capitol. The Austin Marathon is the perfect running weekend destination. Participants can register for the Austin Marathon, Austin Half Marathon, or Austin Marathon 5K beginning June 1st.

Austin Marathon Donates Nearly $23,000 to Paramount Theatre

Austin Marathon donates to Austin’s oldest theatre

The Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour donates $22,780 to Paramount Theatre. The donation, in conjunction with Austin Marathon weekend, has increased annually since High Five Events took over in 2017. Nearly 2400 participants registered for the KXAN SimpleHealth 5K benefitting Paramount Theatre. A portion of their registration fee supports the historic Austin theatre and its educational programs. The 5K is a part of Austin Marathon weekend and is the only 5K to run on historic South Congress Avenue.  

Image of the Paramount Theatre marquee displaying the name Austin Marathon KXAN SimpleHealth 5K benefitting Paramount Theatre.“We are thrilled to continue this partnership and be the recipient of funds from the KXAN SimpleHealth 5K. The funds from this event support our Education programs serving over 22,000 students each year. Performing, experiencing and learning through the arts helps all young people have the creative confidence they need to be successful in their communities,” said Maica Jordan, Chief Development Officer. “These funds have immediate and enormous impact on our ability to serve the students most in need. Thanks to all who participated in the 5K and we look forward to seeing you all again next year.”

About the Paramount Theatre

Inspired by the power of the arts to change lives, the Paramount Theatre strives to engage all Central Texans through extraordinary live performances and films, to ignite the intellect and imagination of our youths through Paramount Education programs, and to ensure the preservation of the crown jewels of downtown Austin. Constructed in 1915 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Paramount Theatre is one of the world’s few surviving examples of a fully operational early twentieth-century vaudeville theatre. More than 250,000 guests attend performing arts events, concerts, film, and talks downtown each year; the Paramount is a principal venue for the SXSW Film Festival, the Austin Film Festival, the Moontower Comedy Festival, and the Summer Classic Film Series

“The historic Paramount Theatre has a massive impact on Austin through its shows, community engagement, and educational programs,” said Jack Murray, co-owner High Five Events. “We’re excited to grow our partnership and proud to continue our support for the Paramount through the KXAN SimpleHealth 5K.”

2021 Austin Marathon

The Austin Marathon will celebrate its 30th year running in the capital of Texas on February 14, 2021. Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 35+ countries around the world. The start and finish locations are just a few blocks apart. They are within walking distance of many downtown hotels and restaurants. The finish line is in front of the picturesque Texas State Capitol. The Austin Marathon is the perfect running weekend destination. Registration is currently open.

April Running Playlist Additions – 10 Must-Add Songs

Expand your playlist with these April running playlist additions

You want music? We’ve got music! Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World and we are big music lovers. That’s why we’ve created this #WeLiketheSoundofThat playlist! We share every song on Twitter. Follow us so you know what’s next. We’ve taken 10 additions and put them in this convenient blog. Listen to the playlist (100+ songs and counting) and refresh your music with these April running playlist additions. Pro tip: making a playlist that you’ll love is a great motivation tool to get you out of bed for your morning run!

Hard Wired – Shakey Graves

This folk tune by Austinite Shakey Graves is methodical and persistent. It’ll help you get rolling and find your stride. Plus, it’s a good reminder that we runners are hard-wired to run!

Them Changes – Thundercat

Feel like you’re in a funk? Get out of your funk with some funk of your own! This futuristic track will get you in a groove for sure. This jam is perfect for long runs and/or warm-ups and cool-downs.

Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners

This classic from 1982 is upbeat and will get you moving from the moment you hear the introductory beat. This song is great for intervals. Pick up the pace every time you hear the chorus!

Recover – CHVRCHES

The synth in this tune will give you the jolts of energy needed to snap out of your running haze. Pro tip: this tune doubles as a reminder to foam roll after your run so you can start the recovery process.

Testify – Los Coast

Los Coast call Austin home, just like we do! You’ll see sunshine on your next run, even on the cloudiest of days, with this tune on your running playlist.

Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett

This song rocks from the jump. The audio is scratchy and reminds us of our old PE coach yelling. Make no mistake, Courtney will get you going with her energetic personality and guitar-laden sound.

Sunny Came Home – Shawn Colvin

Shawn is an Ausitnite and sang the National Anthem at the 2020 Austin Marathon. The calming demeanor of this song will help you relax on long runs and recovery runs. Plus, it won two Grammys!

Knights of Cydonia – Muse

Need some audio energy? Put this song on your playlist. It’s roughly 6 minutes of hard-hitting, fight-the-establishment, in-your-face rock and roll. Click play and buckle up!

Your Hand In Mine – Explosions in the Sky

Need a 3+ minute warmup to get going? Austin’s own Explosions in the Sky has you covered. No lyrics, just layers of enjoyable audio to give you that extra burst of energy.

Barracuda – Heart

This 1977 hit grips you immediately with heavy electric guitar and doesn’t let go. Don’t put this song at the front of your playlist unless you plan to pick up the pace. If you’re alternating songs for an interval run, this is the perfect “fast run” song.

Utilize this April running playlist update before you take off for your next run. These 10 songs can pump you up, allow you to catch your breath, or help you focus on the warm-up/cool-down. However you incorporate music, just make sure you can still hear your surroundings. It’s important to know what’s going on around you! Is there something you like that we didn’t list? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.