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Austin Marathon Welcomes Elite Japanese Runners

Elite runner exchange is a result of the Austin-Oita Sister City relationship

High Five Events announces the continuation of the Austin-Oita Sister City Committee (AOSCC) elite runner exchange for the 2018 Austin Marathon®. Daichi Tanaka and Junko Sakamoto will represent Japan and compete in the Austin Marathon on Feb. 18, 2018.

“I am both excited and honored to run in the 2018 Austin Marathon as a symbol of friendship between the sister cities of Oita and Austin,” said Tanaka.

Austin-Oita Sister City

2016 Austin Marathon Champion Hayato Sonoda (2:23:07).

Tanaka and Sakamoto both competed in the 2017 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, finishing in 2:32:13 and 3:07:29 respectively. As a part of the sister city exchange, two Austin runners, Erik Stanley and Hannah Steffan, participated in the 2017 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon. Stanley completed the marathon in 2:31:38 and Steffan finished in 3:02:51. Hayato Sonoda (2:23:07) won the 2016 Austin Marathon and Yuki Kojina (2:30:06) finished in second place.

“Running is truly a global sport and we’ll continue to highlight that as this partnership grows,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “We look forward to Junko and Daichi running a competitive race with the rest of the Elite Field.”

The Austin-Oita Sister City Committee was founded in 1990. It is a non-profit, volunteer organization that seeks to promote and heighten public interest in and appreciation of the culture, people, languages, business, and products of the greater Austin, Texas, area and the city of Oita, Japan, and its surrounding areas.

The Austin Marathon will celebrate its 27th year running in the capital of Texas on February 18, 2018. Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 20+ countries around the world. Having start and finish locations just a few blocks apart, being within walking distance of many downtown hotels and restaurants, and finishing in front of the picturesque Texas State Capitol makes the Austin Marathon the perfect running weekend destination. Participants can register for the marathon, half marathon, or 5K.

Next Austin Marathon Price Increase Around the Corner

The next price increase for the Austin Marathon® will take place on Monday, December 11th at 11:59 p.m. CST. The price increase will affect the marathon, half marathon, and 5K events. The Austin Marathon features a revamped marathon course, recently added the Manzano Mile, and will celebrate its 27th anniversary on February 18, 2018. Registration is currently ahead of last year’s pace.

Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 20+ countries around the world. Runners will experience Austin’s unique culture with each part of the course bringing its own flavor of spectator support, music, and scenery – from funky to modern and everything in between. Highlights on course include 6th St., S. Congress Ave, S. 1st Street, Lady Bird Lake, Cesar Chavez, Guadalupe St. (aka The Drag), and The University of Texas. Runners will cross the finish line with the majestic Texas State Capitol in the background. With start and finish locations just a few blocks apart, and within walking distance of many downtown hotels and restaurants, the Austin Marathon is the perfect running weekend destination.

The Austin Marathon will increase $10, from $130 to $140. The half marathon will also increase $10, from $110 to $120. The Austin Marathon 5K will increase $5, from $45 to $50. Participants can register and see the pricing structure for all events on the website. After the December 12th price increase, the next price increase will occur on January 26, 2018.

Runners traveling from outside of Austin can take advantage of one of the marathon’s newest partners, onPeak, the leading hotel booking solution for large-scale events. Event participants who utilize onPeak’s services will receive competitive rates at hotels conveniently located near downtown Austin as well as fully flexible reservation policies for adjustable planning.

Race weekend will feature the Manzano Mile, set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 17th. This event features a timed mile, untimed mile, and kids run. It is named for Leo Manzano, Olympic silver medalist and Austin Marathon Race Ambassador. Everyone is invited to run, from elites to families. The Manzano Mile will begin at 11 a.m. and take place on Riverside Drive north of the Palmer Events Center, where the Health and Fitness Expo will be held. Registration for the Manzano Mile is $25, the untimed mile is $20, and the kids run (nine and under) is $10. Prices will increase by $5 after Thursday, Feb. 1st.

Austin Marathon Expands Race Weekend with Addition of Manzano Mile

Manzano Mile is named after Leo Manzano, Olympic silver medalist and 2018 Austin Marathon Race Ambassador

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2018 Manzano Mile

High Five Events introduces the Manzano Mile, set to take place on Saturday, February 17, during Austin Marathon weekend. The addition of the Manzano Mile adds more excitement to an already packed race weekend that features the Austin Marathon, half marathon, and 5K.

The mile-long event will begin at 11 a.m. and take place entirely on Riverside Dr. next to the Health and Fitness Expo at Palmer Events Center. Participants will receive a bib and a Manzano Mile race shirt. Packet pick up will take place on-site and begin Saturday at 9 a.m. Registration is $25 for the timed mile, $20 for the untimed mile, and $10 for children nine years old and younger. All prices will increase by $5 after Thursday, February 1st. Participants can register for the Manzano Mile on the Austin Marathon website.

The Manzano Mile is a special race and I’m excited to share my love of running with the world through the Austin Marathon,” said Leo Manzano, Austinite and two-time Olympian. “It’s an honor to have this mile race incorporated into race weekend for all to enjoy!

The top three finishers will be awarded based on the following male and female age groups: 19 and under, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, Masters (40 – 49), Grand Masters (50+). Waves will run approximately every 15 minutes. The Manzano Mile will conclude with the Future Milers of America Kids Run and an untimed mile that’s perfect for the entire family to complete together. Official heat times will be announced closer to race day.

“The Manzano Mile embodies Leo’s commitment to the community and we’re thrilled to include it the day before the 2018 Austin Marathon,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “The expansion of race weekend gives the marathon, half marathon, and 5K participants an opportunity to cheer for the milers or complete the Manzano Mile with their family.”

The Austin Marathon will celebrate its 27th year running in the capital of Texas on February 18, 2018. Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 20+ countries around the world. Having start and finish locations just a few blocks apart, being within walking distance of many downtown hotels and restaurants, and finishing in front of the picturesque Texas State Capitol makes the Austin Marathon the perfect running weekend destination. Registration is still available for the marathon, half marathon, and 5K.

The highly decorated track star is a four-time USATF National Champion, seven-time Team USA member, two-time Olympian, and silver medalist in the 1500m at the 2012 Olympic Games, the first medal for USA in the 1500m since 1968. Manzano attended Marble Falls High School where he was a nine-time Texas 4A State champion in track and cross country. Manzano was accepted to The University of Texas and won five NCAA National Championships and was a nine-time All-American.