2020 AUSTIN MARATHON
The Austin Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K has a rich history, going back to 1992, and is now one of the largest marathons in the country. This February, 16,000+ runners will take to the streets, passing iconic landmarks in and around downtown. Get visitor information and find out where to watch and how to experience this iconic event in Austin, Texas.
Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K
February 16, 2020
Congress & Second Avenues
Pick up your race packets on the Friday and Saturday before the race and enjoy the Marathon Health & Fitness Expo. Expect 100+ vendors, speakers, swag and more.
After passing the finish line, stick around for the Finish Line Festival to receive your medal and take your official finisher photo. Find snacks, hydration stations, food trucks, discounted massages at the recovery zone. live music and a beer garden.
The Austin Marathon and Half Marathon is a scenic course through Austin, navigating rolling hills and landmarks like the Texas State Capital, the UT Tower, South Congress Avenue, historic Hyde Park and more. Runners can expect a great tour of the city, while enjoying entertainment by bands along the way.
Get to know the course in advance with the official Marathon Maps. Then, check out the Full Schedule and start planning your race weekend! Find nearby hotels, restaurants and more planning resources in the official Austin Visitor Guide.
The race weekend will bring together more than 75,000 visitors, kicking off the weekend at the free Health & Fitness Expo. Followed by race morning on Sunday, winding through the best of Austin, and concluding with an Austin-style Finish Line Festival.
It may feel a little overwhelming to decide where you'll cheer on your friends and family along the course, so here are a few of our favorite places to watch from the sidelines:
South Congress Avenue
The first three miles of the course are a steady climb on South Congress Avenue. There are tons of great spots along this stretch to cheer on the runners on as they start their journey.
South First Street
The runners have just finished the three-mile climb up South Congress and now pick up some speed with the downhill portion on South First Street.
Austin City Hall
The course creates a great viewing opportunity at Austin City Hall, as the runners turn west onto Cesar Chavez Street.
Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge
On the north side of Lady Bird Lake, the scenic Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge extension passes over the course, offering an overhead view of the runners as they move west.
University of Texas
At mile 13, the marathoners pass alongside University of Texas campus, on Guadalupe Street. This makes for the perfect spot to cheer louder than at any Longhorn football game!
East Cesar Chavez
From mile 23-25, the runners are on the home stretch, navigating east Austin towards downtown. This long, straight stretch provides plenty of opportunities for spectators to cheer.
Once you’ve shared the love out on the race route, it’s worth coming down to the finish area on Congress, just south of the Capitol. Enjoy live music, food trailers and two jumbotrons at the Finish Line, where you can witness 16,000+ runners converge.