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. Although High Five Events has postponed the 2021 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon to April 25, 2021, participants will still be able to participate in the Austin Half Marathon, KXAN SimpleHealth 5K and Manzano Mile this spring.

Join the fun and 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.

women jumping with medals at austin marathon finish line in austin texas
Credit Ed Sparks, courtesy of the Austin Marathon.

Event Details

Austin Half Marathon and 5K
April 25, 2021
Congress & Second Avenues
Downtown Austin

Registered participants of the Austin Marathon can transfer to the April 25th Austin Half Marathon or defer to a future year at no extra cost. Regardless of the option participants choose, they will retain access to the extremely popular Run Austin Virtual Series. Plans are underway to extend the series through April.

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.

Runner Information

The Austin Half Marathon is a scenic course through the city, navigating rolling hills and landmarks like the Texas State Capital, South Congress Avenue, Lake Austin and more. Runners can expect a great tour of the city, while enjoying amenities and entertainment 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.

Registration: youraustinmarathon.com/registration/

Austin Marathon and Half Marathon runners at the starting line in austin texas
Credit Ed Sparks, courtesy of the Austin Marathon.

Spectator Information

The race weekend is expected to bring together locals and 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.

Oyster Landing
As the runners trek through beautiful West Austin, trailing the winding Colorado River, spectators can park themselves on the patio at Mozart's Coffee Roasted to watch the course take a sharp east turn towards the finish.

The Finish
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 the runners converge.