Four Reasons to Build Your Austin Marathon Team

There’s no better way to kick off the new year than by running the Austin Marathon as a team. Creating an Austin Marathon team is perfect for companies, groups, friends, and family. With race day a couple months away, it’s time to start thinking (if you haven’t already) about who you want running by your side. What people do you want pushing you when you think you can’t go anymore? Here are 4 reasons why you should run with a team on February 18th:

  1.    Built-in training partners

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    The Austin Runners Club team!

  • Running with people who are working towards the same goal just makes sense. Training with partners is a great way to keep each other on track and hold one another accountable.
  1.   Austin Marathon team packet pick up
  • Would you rather have one team member pick up everyone’s packet or have the whole team go as a group to soak up the energy of the expo? One good thing about building an Austin Marathon team is that you can choose. Love having options!
  1. Finish line party with your Austin Marathon team
  • Parties are awesome, but parties are better with people you know. Finish the Austin Marathon or half marathon, kick back with your team at your team tent, and celebrate your accomplishments at the Austin Marathon finish line festival.
  1. Trash talking

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    Team Kate at the 2017 Austin Marathon.

  • Who doesn’t like some good ol’ fashioned trash talk? Nothing fuels the competitive juices better than wanting to prove someone wrong!

After reading these reasons, why wouldn’t you get a team together? If you realize that you really want to run with a team but haven’t started making one, don’t worry, team registration doesn’t close until January 5th. Get started today!

5 Reasons to Run Austin as a Corporate Team

Build your corporate team today!

The Austin Marathon is proud to introduce team registration and all the perks that come with running as one! Team registration is perfect for corporations who have employees running the Austin Marathon as a corporate team. Companies big and small have runners of all abilities taking on the marathon, half marathon, and 5K. Below are 5 reasons why you should build your corporate team today!

1.) Discount pricing

  • Everyone loves to save a few bucks! Become the most popular person at your company by registering as a Team Captain and save your colleagues some cash.

2.) Because it’s in Austin

  • BBQ, live music, tacos, and great weather! Those are just a few of the perks you’ll enjoy when you visit Austin. You’ll also get a grand tour of all Austin when you run the revamped marathon course. Did we mention tacos?

3.) Team building

  • You’ve registered and your corporate team is growing, now what? Plan runs during lunch, complete weekend long runs as a group, and celebrate accomplishments at monthly happy hours. See, Janice in Accounting is cool!

4.) Party with the team in the beer garden

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The party is in the beer garden!

  • Celebrate with your corporate team in the beer garden! That’s right, cross the finish line, relax with a cold beer, and relive your accomplishments. If your team has enough members, you’ll also be eligible for a team tent where all the action is, the Finish Line Festival!

5.) Belt buckle finisher awards

  • Complete the marathon or the half marathon and your finisher medal will double as a belt buckle. Wear your bling* to work and let everyone know you conquered the streets of Austin (*buckle is approved for all office attire).

Questions? Email us at See y’all in February!

Austin Marathon, nuun Announce Two-Year Partnership

Austin Marathon will feature nuun’s latest product, nuun performance, on race day

High Five Events is thrilled to announce a two-year partnership between the Austin Marathon® and nuun®, the pioneer of electrolyte enhanced drink tablets that turn water into an optimally balanced sports drink. The partnership with nuun, the Exclusive Hydration for the Austin Marathon, will make the Austin Marathon the first marathon in Texas, and third in the nation, to feature nuun performance on course.

“From the epic scenery and live music on course to the energetic neighborhood crowds and clean planet initiatives, the Austin Marathon is a must for every runner,” said Kevin Rutherford, nuun President and CEO. “We, at nuun, are proud to provide all runners on course with optimal and clean hydration that is used by all, from pros to first-timers.”

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on-course flavors blueberry strawberry and orange mango.

nuun will provide their recently released and optimally balanced nuun performance to all participants. On-course flavors include blueberry strawberry and orange mango.  nuun products will also be available at the start and finish lines. nuun performance precisely balances electrolytes and carbohydrates to fuel athletes during long and strenuous efforts. Additionally, nuun and the Austin Marathon will increase community engagement and product awareness by offering free samples to training clubs, hosting happy hours, and supporting various demo runs around Austin.

“nuun offers pioneering products and a phenomenal community engagement strategy that will continue to have a positive impact on Austin’s premier running event,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “We’re glad they’ll be with us every step of the way for 2018 and 2019.”

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.

Austin Gives Miles Selects Charities for 2018 Austin Marathon

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Austin Gives Miles, the Austin Marathon’s Official Charity Program, is pleased to announce the selection of the 29 Official Charities for 2018. The accepted nonprofits will raise awareness for their mission, provide volunteer support, and recruit runners to fundraise on their behalf while they train for the Austin Marathon®, set to take place on Feb. 18, 2018.

This is the fifth year that Austin Gives Miles will be the Official Charity Program for the Austin Marathon. This year’s goal, to raise more than $750,000, will ensure the selected Official Charities can continue to positively affect the Central Texas community. While registering for the marathon, half marathon or 5K, runners can opt-in to fundraise for their favorite nonprofit while they train. Read more about the accepted charities

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Gilbert Tuhabonye, co-founder of Gazelle Foundation.

“The Gazelle Foundation is thrilled to join the Austin Marathon’s Austin Gives Miles program for the first time,” says Kippi Griffith, Executive Direction for the Gazelle Foundation.  “Being an Austin Gives Miles Official Charity is a great complement to the significant amount accomplished by Austinites and we know this opportunity to engage with more runners will help us further our mission of participating locally for a global cause.”

Last year, Austin Gives Miles contributed more than $637,000 to the Central Texas community through its fundraising efforts. The Moody Foundation pitched in and matched contributions made, up to $10,000, for each organization. In addition to the funds and awareness raised, last year’s Austin Gives Miles Official Charities recruited more than 500 runners and provided more than 1500 volunteers.

“Last year was a record-breaking year and benefitted both the organizations and the local community,” said Carly Samuelson, Austin Gives Miles Charity Manager. “We have a great mixture of returning and new nonprofits and I’m confident that we can surpass our goal, just like 2017!”

Austin Gives Miles is continuing their partnership with CrowdRise as it’s online fundraising platform. CrowdRise is the world’s largest and fastest growing online platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising.

The Austin Marathon will celebrate its 27th year running in the capital of Texas. In 2017, Austin’s flagship running event attracted runners from all 50 states and 22 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.