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Austin Marathon Invites Runners to Free Global Running Day Virtual 5K

The Austin Marathon’s free Global Running Day Virtual 5K will celebrate the sport we all love: running

Image of runners running during the 2019 free Global Running Day event on the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin with the Texas State Capitol in the background.

Runners finishing Austin’s free 2019 Global Running Day event. Credit – Ed Sparks.

The Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour invites runners from around the world to register for the free Global Running Day Virtual 5K. This is an excellent opportunity for everyone to come together to celebrate the sport we love and the entire running community. You can run with anyone from anywhere during the free Global Running Day Virtual 5K! Invite friends, family, neighbors, and your running group to join you. Plus, finishers could win some sweet prizes! Registration is open until Wednesday, June 3rd.

“I’m hyped that the Austin Marathon is offering a virtual 5K to celebrate Global Running Day,” said Will von Rosenberg, who attended last year’s Global Running Day event in Austin. “It was great to see the Austin running community come together at last year’s event. I’m ready to run the Global Running Day Virtual 5K with runners from around the world!”

Global Running Day Virtual 5K perks

Virtual Race Medal - Global Running day Virtual 5K Participants of the free Global Running Day Virtual 5K can submit their 5K results at any time between May 20th and June 4th. Every participant will receive:

  • Customizable, downloadable bib that can be printed at home
  • Limited-edition 2020 Global Running Day digital finisher medal
  • Official digital finisher’s certificate
  • Exclusive race discounts
  • Access to limited Global Running Day merch
  • Automatic entry into the giveaway to win 1 of 5 grand prizes including entry to the 2021 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, or 5K + VIP Experience

“I’m delighted to celebrate Global Running Day with the Austin Marathon! Their 30th anniversary will be the North American leg of my attempt to be the first 6-time cancer survivor to run a marathon on every continent,” said Jonathan Acott, who will participate from London. “After 6 cancers, running is the way I manage both my mental and physical health. It gives me the time I need to manage my emotions but also to celebrate my body and what it’s been through and can still do.”

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 opens on June 1st.

Free Download! Mother’s Day Coupon Book for Runners

Surprise the person you call Mom with this free, downloadable Mother’s Day Coupon Book

Moms make the world go round. They keep us in line, out of trouble, and on the straight and narrow. Moms provide comfort and a calming voice when needed. They make your favorite meal when you least expect it and provide the hug you needed that you didn’t know you needed. All while setting running goals and crushing them! Say “Thank You” to whomever you call mom with this free, downloadable Mother’s Day Coupon Book. It’s full of goodies that she can redeem whenever she’s ready, from a family hike/picnic to a much-needed post-long run nap. BONUS: these coupons have no expiration date and there’s a blank set so mom can write in whatever she wants! 

Image of a mother pushing a double-stroller during the 2020 Austin Marathon KXAN SimpleHealth 5K. Thank mom with the downloadable Mother's Day coupon book in this blog!Get a sneak peek of what Mom can expect! Then enter your email to download the Mother’s Day Coupon Book. To all the moms out there who keep their family’s world running while running themselves: we thank you and hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day Coupon Book. Pro tip: these coupons work best when training for the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon’s 30th anniversary on February 14, 2021!

These coupons don’t expire!

1) jog a marathon over time as a family

2) ride bikes with mom on her run

3) 2-hour-long family walk/hike/picnic

4) dinner + dessert + movie 

5) one uninterrupted post-long run nap

6) rinse off dishes you use and put them in the dishwasher

7) sleep in on one Saturday morning with time for a run later

8) one uninterrupted afternoon with a book/podcast + bottle of wine (or drink of choice)

9) do laundry all week (younger kids collect and separate, older kids collect, separate, wash, dry, and fold)

10) Wine Night with the Ladies (or drink of choice)

11) take out the trash/recycling/compost all week

12) one post-long run leg/foot massage

13) no arguing/complaining for an entire month

13.1) Mom’s Choice 

Alright moms, what coupon will you redeem first? Tag Austin Marathon on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram when you redeem your coupons so we can see them in action! Now excuse us while we download the Mother’s Day coupon book for our moms.

Enter your email address to download our Mother’s Day Coupon Book!

Screenshot of the Austin Marathon's Mother's Day coupon book. Click to download the free coupon book for your mom!

Next Stop in Cancer Survivor’s Quest to Run the World: Austin

6-time cancer survivor chooses Austin for North American stop in quest to run the world

Jonathan Acott is no stranger to cancer. In fact, he’s more familiar with it than any one person should be. He’s been diagnosed six times. Throughout everything, running has been a constant for Jonathan. He runs to celebrate his body, honor those who’ve lost their battle, and because he can. What does one do in Jonathan’s shoes? Continue to run! Image of Jonathan Acott in a hospital bed fighting one of his six diagnosed cancers. Read about his journey to run the world and how the Austin Marathon is next!Read about Jonathan’s plans to run the world and complete a marathon on all 7 continents. Follow him on Instagram, learn about the two continents he crossed off his list, and why his North American goal is the 2021 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon!

The reasons I run

Since 2004 I’ve heard “I’m afraid it’s cancer” or something similar six times. I was 29 in 2004 and am now 44. For a third of my life, I’ve lived with this vile and insidious disease. It has robbed me of sleep, health, life, mental well-being, a career, testicle, spleen, and kidney. Who knows what else I will miss out on. 

It’s like persistent hunting, only I’m the prey. I’m aware cancer might end my life prematurely. It could catch me, but I am going to do all I can to stay ahead of it for as long as possible. In the meantime, I will extract every ounce from life possible. 

I run because I still need a sense of movement. Running provides the illusion of control in an otherwise unpredictable world. A world where I need to do something, anything related to physical activity to distance myself from the days, weeks, and months of forced inactivity. It’s the repetition, the therapy that comes from being alone in my thoughts. Running stills the anxiety. It’s a celebration of what my body is capable of after all it has endured. I run to honor all the people who have been less fortunate than me. I run because I can.  

Image of Jonathan Acott in a pool showing off his medal from the Marrakesh Marathon. Read about his journey to run the world and how the Austin Marathon is next!So, I’m going to travel and see the world, I’ll visit locations I wouldn’t normally visit or places on my bucket list. I will run, not fast, but I will run. My plan is to live life and run whilst I do. As long as I’m moving, I’m alive and whilst it may not add years to this particular life it does add life to my years.  

What am I going to do? Well, I put it all together and thought I’m going to run the world. Six cancers. Seven continents. One marathon on each continent.  

The first marathon of my quest was at the end of 2019 in Berlin (Europe). My second marathon was in Marrakech (Africa) at the start of 2020. Next on my list: North America. I looked at numerous marathons, but Austin has been on my bucket list for years. Running the streets of Austin in 2021 was an opportunity too good to pass up. So you’ll see me there on Feb. 14, 2021. I’ll be near the back, smiling all the way, stopping to take photographs, and high fiving everyone because when you know what you could lose you make the most of every opportunity.

30th Anniversary Giveaway: 30 Days of Limited-Edition ATX Shoes

Get active for 30 minutes a day and you could be a winner of a new pair of Limited Edition Under Armour Shoes.

Exercise is an important component of a healthy lifestyle physically, mentally, and emotionally. That’s why you’ll find us running, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, swimming, practicing yoga or pilates, or working out every chance we get! Some days provide more time than others, but we always try to squeeze in at least 30 minutes. We’re starting the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon’s 30th anniversary party (February 14, 2021) a little early. We’ll give away at least one pair of limited-edition Under Armour HOVR Machina ATX shoes every day in April. Our 30th Anniversary Giveaway will begin on Wednesday, April 1st. We’ll randomly select and contact at least one winner everyday in April!

Image of the limited-edition Under Armour HOVR Machina ATX shoe in front of a multi-colored ATX sign. The Austin Marathon is giving away a pair of these shoes every day in April for their 30th Anniversary Giveaway!

Credit: Fleet Feet Austin.

How to enter

  1. Exercise or workout (as safely as possible) at least 30 minutes a day (yes, at home counts!)
  2. Record your workout on the MapMyRun or MapMyFitness apps (or a similar app)
  3. Take a screenshot of your recorded workout with the date and duration of workout showing (selfies are a bonus!)
  4. Follow and share your screenshot and shoe size with us on (you can share on all channels, but one channel will work):
    1. Facebook
    2. Twitter
    3. Instagram
  5. Use #30thAustinMarathon when posting
  6. We’ll randomly choose a winner the following day and contact them
  7. Best of luck!Screenshot of trail run map, distance, time, and date using Under Armour's MapMyFitness app. The Austin Marathon is giving away a pair of these shoes every day in April for their 30th Anniversary Giveaway!

Pro tip: put all those runs and workouts to good use when you join Under Armour’s Healthy at Home Challenge! Instead of prizes, they’ll donate $1 million to youth sport leagues. Make a difference from home!

Machina ATX

The limited-edition Under Armour HOVR Machina ATX shoes were created with the Greetings from Austin Mural in mind. They were a hit at the Austin Marathon expo, quickly selling out. We asked our Instagram followers if we should give some away and the resounding answer was, YES! So here’s your chance to win a pair during our 30th anniversary giveaway. Learn more about the limited-edition Under Armour HOVR Machina ATX shoes, how they sync seamlessly with Under Armour’s MapMyRun app, and provide real-time Form Coaching.

Pretty simple, right?! We know how good we feel after a workout. You know that feeling where you’re tired, but you feel good about what you’ve accomplished? Well we want to encourage you to get that feeling throughout April and possibly win a pair of limited-edition Under Armour HOVR Machina ATX shoes. Reminder the more days you exercise and share the greater your chances of winning!