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Hilton Named Austin Marathon Preferred Hotel Partner

Agreement marks second year Hilton will be Preferred Hotel Partner

The 2020 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour announces Hilton will return as the Preferred Hotel Partner and presenting sponsor for the VIP Experience. The Hilton VIP Experience will be near the Austin Marathon start and finish lines. Participants will enjoy pre-race snacks, exclusive swag, views of the marathon and half marathon finish lines, Tacodeli catered lunch, adult beverages, and live music. The 29th annual Austin Marathon, owned and produced by High Five Events, will take place on February 16, 2020.

“So proud to be returning as the preferred hotel partner for The Austin Marathon for 2020,” said Tiffany Lawson, director of destination marketing, Hilton. “It takes extreme commitment and heart to run a marathon, and the Hilton VIP Experience is a great opportunity to celebrate all the miles and hours put in by participants in preparation for race day.”

Book with Hilton downtown and stay near the Austin Marathon start and finish lines

Downtown Austin Hilton hotels include Hilton Austin, DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Austin on 15th and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Austin Downtown South Congress. Hilton hotels of Austin represent 19 hotels across seven brands in the Hilton portfolio including Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, and Homewood Suites by Hilton. To learn more about how to experience the Austin Marathon with Hilton, please visit travel.hilton.com/Austin.

“We’re glad to have this team return for a second year and sponsor the increasingly popular Hilton VIP Experience,” Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “Participants and spectators also love the fact that they can stay within walking distance of the start and finish lines when they book a downtown Austin Hilton hotel.”

The pre-race Hilton VIP Experience is next to the start line and offers a place to relax, pre-race breakfast and drinks, and a separate gear bag check. Everyone who purchases the Hilton VIP Experience will also receive 20% off exclusive Austin Marathon gear at the expo.

The Austin Marathon will celebrate its 29th year running in the capital of Texas in 2020. Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 30+ 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 currently open.

Austin Marathon Announces Sizzling Sponsorship with Tacodeli

Agreement makes Tacodeli the Official Taco of the Austin Marathon

The Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour has agreed to a partnership with another Austin original, Tacodeli. They are now the Official Taco of the Austin Marathon. The Tacodeli Catering Team will cater the Hilton VIP Experience and host the volunteer parties. Their location near the Austin Marathon start line will open early on race day. The 29th annual Austin Marathon, owned and produced by High Five Events, will take place on February 16, 2020.

Image of group of runners posing in front of the Austin skyline holding Tacodeli tacos. Tacodeli is the Official Taco of the Austin Marathon.

Everyone loves Tacodeli!

“We are excited to sponsor the Austin Marathon, extending our commitment and support to the running community,” said Roberto Espinosa, founder of Tacodeli. “We look forward to cheering on runners and making new friends on race day.”

Running, live music, and tacos

Tacodeli’s downtown Austin location (301 Congress Avenue) will open at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16th, and serve their entire breakfast menu. Runners and spectators can dine in or order ahead online HERE. Favorites like The Otto and Jamón El Suavecito as well as the Freakin’ Vegan are guest favorites, featuring superior quality ingredients like sustainably-sourced pork, Vital Farms pasture-raised eggs, and organic black beans.

“Austin is known for three things: running, live music, and tacos,” said Jack Murray, co-owner High Five Events. “Tacodeli’s inclusion with the Austin Marathon will allow participants from around the world to take their Austin experience to the next level.”

The Austin Marathon will celebrate its 29th year running in the capital of Texas in 2020. Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 30+ 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 currently open.

Austin Marathon Announces Second Round of Accepted Elite Runners

Second round of elite runners competing for $26,000 prize purse

The Ascension Seton Austin Marathon presented by Under Armour introduces the second round of elite runners for 2020. This program, in its fourth year, 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. Elites are listed below along with their qualifying time. The 29th annual Austin Marathon, owned and produced by High Five Events, will take place on February 16, 2020.

Image of Jessica Allen running in a recent race. She is one of the runners accepted with the second round of elite runners for the 2020 Austin Half Marathon.

Jessica Allen was accepted to the Austin Half Marathon Elite Athlete Program.

“I am so excited to run the streets of Austin as my final tune-up race before the Olympic Trials marathon,” said Jessica Allen, who ran an Olympic Trials qualifying 2:41:34 earlier this year. “I always hope to set a personal record when I toe the line, but more than that I want to get used to the level of pain I will need to be comfortable with to achieve my goals at the Trials.”

The second round of 2020 Austin Marathoners include: 

  • Mark Pinales – male Elite Field (2017 3M Half Marathon champ – 1:06:51)
  • Eliud Mwangi – male Elite Field (2017 Napoli City Half Marathon – 1:01:21)
  • Ryan Normand – male Elite Field (2019 Grandma’s Marathon – 2:29:13)
James Ngandu crosses the 2019 Austin Half Marathon in first place. He is one of the runners accepted with the second round of elite runners for the 2020 Austin Half Marathon.

James Ngandu is seeking his second Austin Half Marathon victory in as many years.

The second round of 2020 Austin Half Marathoners include: 

  • James Ngandu – male Elite Athlete Program (2019 Austin Half Marathon champ – 1:04:32)
  • Gonzalo Parra – male Elite Athlete Program (2nd place, 2019 Austin Half Marathon- 1:05:36)
  • Jessica Allen – female Elite Athlete Program (2019 Grandma’s Marathon – 2:41:34)
  • Anita Perez – female Elite Athlete Program (2018 Grandma’s Marathon – 2:29:39)
  • Taylor Dare – female Elite Athlete Program (2019 Grandma’s Marathon – 2:42:17)
  • Hattie Schunk – female Elite Field (2019 San Antonio Half Marathon – 1:23:56)
  • Sierra Snyder Elcock – female Elite Field (2019 Austin Half Marathon – 1:26:34)
  • Cheryl Serena – female Elite Field (2018 El Paso Half Marathon female champ – 1:27:47)
  • Ben Munguia – male Elite Field (2019 3M Half Marathon – 1:16:39)
  • Melinda DuBose – female Elite Field (2018 Richmond Half Marathon – 1:26:11)

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. Runners that are not accepted to the Elite Athlete Program or the Elite Field are not eligible for prize money. Read about the first round of accepted elite runners.

The Austin Marathon will celebrate its 29th year running in the capital of Texas in 2020. Austin’s flagship running event annually attracts runners from all 50 states and 30+ 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 currently open.