2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon Set for Epic Race Day

The stage is set for Sunday, Feb. 17th, to be an epic race day

High Five Events is putting the final touches on what will be another memorable Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour®. The world-class event has many highlights, including a 2:45 pace group for female elites to hit the Olympic Marathon Trials B standard, Lance Armstrong as the Austin Gives Miles Charity Chaser, a highly-competitive elite field, and the return of the FloSports livestream. Nearly 16,000 runners from all 50 states and 35 countries will run the 28th annual Austin Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 17th.

“Austin has such an amazing fitness community and we have a marathon that reflects that,” said Will Nation, member of the 2:45 pace group and 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier. “It’s my hope that I can assist talented individuals in achieving their goal of hitting an OTQ and demonstrate that the Austin Marathon is a race where you can do just that.”

The 2019 course is the same as when the Austin Marathon unveiled their new course in 2018. The course is designed to provide a better participant and spectator experience and allow enhanced traffic flow along the course, while still finishing with the picturesque Texas State Capitol as every runner’s backdrop. Race-day highlights include nuun performance at every aid station, two Gatorade nutrition stations, live music on course, athlete tracking, the infamous and energetic RunLab Bridge at Mile 7, and much more.

FloSports, a sports media based in Austin, Texas, will highlight the Austin Marathon and Half Marathon’s Elite Athlete Program by following the men’s and women’s elite leaders throughout the race. They will also have a camera capturing finishers as they cross the finish line. The 3-block-long finish line festival features the Under Armour recovery zone, the Oskar Blues Austin beer garden, live music, and several local food trucks. Austin’s own, Delivery Service, will rock two post-race sets. The two-day Austin Marathon expo will take place on Friday, Feb. 15th, and Saturday, Feb. 16th.

“Unveiling the new Austin Marathon course last year generated a lot of positive buzz, showcased Austin to runners from around the world, and propelled us to new heights in 2019,” said Stacy Keese, co-owner of High Five Events. “Working with amazing sponsors like Ascension Seton and Under Armour has allowed us to further enhance our customer’s experience, making race day one they’ll talk about for some time.”

The following is a sample of the athletes in the Elite Field competing for the $20,000 prize purse: Joey Whelan (2020 Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier), Anita Perez (2x Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier), Jameson Mora (2x Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier), Patrick Rizzo (4x Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier), Heather Lieberg (2020 Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier), Jocelyn Todd (2020 Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier), Ryan Miller (2x Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier), Samantha Calderon (2020 Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier).

The Austin Marathon will celebrate its 28th year running in the capital of Texas in 2019. Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 30+ countries around the world. Having start and finish locations in the heart of downtown Austin puts participants and spectators near all the action and within walking distance of restaurants, hotels, and shops. Finishing with the picturesque Texas State Capitol as your backdrop is icing on the cake for the perfect running weekend destination. Registration is open for all distances.

Austin Marathon Announces Third Round of Elite Runners

Third round of elite runners will compete during race weekend for a prize purse that totals $26,000

High Five Events is excited to announce the third round of accepted athletes for the 2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour®. Returning for its third year in a row, this opportunity creates a competitive field of elite male and female runners while discovering emerging talent, pushing the entire talent pool to reach Olympic standards. FloTrack’s live coverage highlights the competition amongst the elites, following male and female marathoners and half marathoners.

“I am very honored to have been accepted into the Austin Marathon’s Elite Athlete Program,” said Heather Lieberg, 2016 and 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier. “This will be my first time visiting Texas and I’m training hard to make my race day one to remember. See you soon Austin!”

The third round of 2019 marathoners include:

  • Heather Lieberg – female Elite Athlete Program (2:40:38 at 2017 CIM)
  • Carter Norbo – female Elite Athlete Program (2:48:35 at 2017 Chicago Marathon)
  • Mizael Carrera – male Elite Athlete Program (2:19:29 at 2017 NYC Marathon)
  • Sphamandla Nyembe – male Elite Athlete Program (2017 Woodlands Marathon Champ – 2:21:26)
  • Alexandra Conway – female Elite Field (4th place at 2018 Hartford Marathon – 2:51:39)

The third round of 2019 half marathoners include:

  • Tom Anderson – male Elite Athlete Program (2020 Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier)
  • Ryan Miller – male Elite Athlete Program (2020 Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifier)
  • Julia Rhie – female Elite Field (2:52:59 at 2018 Chicago Marathon)
  • Chris Cabret – male Elite Field (1:14:23 at 2017 Orlando Half Marathon)
  • Bobby Thompson – male Elite Field (1:12:57 at 2017 Monumental Half Marathon)

The third round of Manzano Mile presented by Dole® participants include:

  • Rebecca Evans – female Elite Field (4:27.00 at 2018 Occidental Invitational)
  • Matthieu Campbell – male Elite Field (2018 Boulder Road Runners Track Meet Champ – 4:25.3)
  • Anna McDonald – female Elite Field (4:47.74 at 2018 Husky Classic)
  • Matthew Winkler – male Elite Field (2018 Gibsons Sea Cavalcade Mile Champ – 4:19.7)
  • Christine Thorn – female Elite Field (4th place at 2018 SDSU Indoor Classic – 5:00.33)

The prize purse breakdown follows: $15,000 for the marathon, $5,000 for the half marathon, and $6,000 for the Manzano Mile presented by Dole. Runners not accepted into the Elite Athlete Program are still invited to run in the Elite Field.  Read about the first and second round of accepted elite runners. The fourth round of athletes will be announced soon. Applications are still being accepted and elite marathoners can apply on the Austin Marathon’s website. Athletes that meet the program’s standards and are accepted will be given one comp entry to the 2019 Austin Marathon or half marathon, reimbursement eligibility, and standards bonuses.