Austin Marathon & Half Marathon
Austin, Texas USA
February 16, 2014

Austin Race Information

The Austin Marathon is the final race in the Marathons of Texas series. It is held in February and can have as many as 15,000 participants. It has the distinction of being used as a qualifying race for the Olympics at one time.

The race is by no means boring. Live bands, food, vendors, fireworks and more keep the atmosphere lively and energized. Watching marathon runners who want to win or set records, those who just want to "go the distance" and those who try is exciting. This is one of few races that sports a beer stop for the runners.

Book your hotel early, as they do fill up quickly. No matter what your price range is, Austin, TX, has many fine hotels to accommodate you. There are pet-friendly hotels for those who like to travel with their furry family members. If you do not want to drive, the bus system is one of the best in the country. Taking public transportation alleviates the need trying to find a parking space.

For those traveling by RV, Austin, TX, has several RV parks to accommodate your rig. Amenities can vary from park to park; it is best to call and ask before booking a space. The advantage of travelling with an RV is that you take your "hotel room" with you.

Before and after the race, try one of the hundreds of restaurants in Austin. Every kind of food you desire is available. Austin, TX, boasts one to five star restaurants and everything in between. There are renowned barbeque restaurants, such as Stubbs Barbeque, The Salt Lick and Sam's Barbeque.

Austin is home to other unique places to include in your trip. The Congress Street Bridge is the nesting place for one of the largest bat colonies in the state. Take a ferry under the bridge at sunset and watch the bats leave by the millions to hunt for mosquitoes.

If you like museums, Austin is home to 65 of them. The Texas Military Forces Museum, The Daughters of The Republic-Texas Museum and The Texas Music Museum are only a few. You can find their hours on the Internet. Some have free admission; others charge a fee or ask for a donation.

While you are in Austin, TX, there are landmarks to visit. Austin itself is a historic landmark as the state capital and the Republic of Texas. It is rich in history and folklore. Buy yourself a cowboy hat and boots or wear a baseball hat and sneakers. People in Austin, TX, are friendly to everyone.

Since the weather in February is unpredictable, it is best to carry a coat with you. Austin, TX, has had everything from sunshine over 80° to freezing cold. A backpack with a small umbrella, snacks and spare batteries for your camera will leave your hands free for cheering your favorite runner on.