This page contains lots of information but we tried to consolidate everything you would need to know for the 2022 3M Half Marathon into one page. Some aspects of the event have been modified based on our Mitigation Plan with Austin Public Health. Even with these changes we are planning to provide an awesome experience and are so excited to be back running #DownhilltoDowntown.

Based on the Risk-Based Guidance set by the City of Austin, we are currently in Stage 5.

Packet Pick-Up Details

When:

  • Friday, January 21, 2022          1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Saturday, January 22, 2022      10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Pro Tip: Remember, the first hour of both days is always the busiest time, so consider coming after.

Where:

What You Need To Bring:

  1. Photo ID
  2. Bib Number – this will be emailed to you and there will also be QR codes that you can scan on-site to look up your bib number
  3. Mask – the City of Austin is requiring that masks be worn inside of Palmer Event Center.
  4. Proof of vaccination or negative test – as part of the permit to operate this event, Austin Public Health is requiring proof of vaccination or negative test within 72 hours of the event start (Friday, January 21). Required for all Participants, Volunteers, Staff, and Vendors.
    • Any test brand, vaccine, or vaccine record will be accepted. You can use a photo of any of these forms as proof, as well. Packets cannot be released without one of these options being presented.

Important Details:

  • Expo will be participants only, as part of our mitigation plan set by the City of Austin in Stage 5. If someone comes with you please have them wait in the car, if not they will be asked to wait outside the doors while you go inside to get your packet.
  • If you have questions about the test/vaccine policy that is set by Austin Public Health please email us ahead of time at info@3MHalf.com or ask to speak with a staff member when you arrive at the expo. Photo ID and Vaccine/Test results will be checked by volunteers at the packet pick-up tables.
  • We cover more common FAQ below so check there if you have more questions about Packet Pick Up. You can also chat us using the icon on the screen. Any chats that are received while we are not at the computer will be converted to emails for our staff and we will respond as soon as we are back online.

New Start Times & Procedures

Start Line

  • We will have a time trial start as part of our mitigation plan. Bib Numbers 1-500 will start at 7:30 with other groups following in 5-minute intervals.
  • The start line will remain open with rolling starts, meaning that you can go within the 5-minute range of your start time. Look up your start time and bib here.
  • There will be no pace groups.
  • Masks will be required in the secure zone fencing, you can remove your mask once you cross the start line. Please throw any disposable masks into the trash cans provided.
  • Spectating is discouraged at the start line. Please encourage your spectators to find a place along the course to cheer you on.

Finish Line

  • After you cross the finish and grab your medal and food bag, masks will be required in the secure zone except when taking photos. They will be available for pick up if you do not carry your own on course.
  • The festival and beer garden will be canceled but we will have some photo ops available.
  • The participant shuttle bus will be limited, read below for details.
  • Please keep the finish line area clear. Spectators are encouraged to cheer further north of the finish line where there is open spacing. Please use the open street area after the finish line to arrange a meetup point instead of at the secure zone.

Gear Bags

The clear plastic bag you receive at Packet Pickup must be used for your gear check bag.

We will not accept any other bags. Be sure your bib number is printed as largely and clearly as possible on the bag before you turn it into Gear Check on race morning.

Gear Bag Drop Off: 

Starting at 5:45 AM you can drop your gear at the moving trucks located just northwest of the start line in the Gateway parking lot. Your gear will then be transported to the gear bag pick-up zone located just south of the finish line.

The event is not responsible for any lost items, so it is recommended to not put in loose valuable items such as car keys, phones, or wallets. Check out Spibelt as an option for carrying these with you on course. If you must put these items in your bag, it is suggested to put them in a larger gallon-sized clear bag within the gear bag.

Gear Bag Pick Up: 

Is located at 12th & San Jacinto, south of the finish line. Gear Bags must be picked up by the participant with their bib number. If this is not possible, please visit the information tent before and our staff can help arrange pick up by someone else.

Course Review

The 3M Half Marathon is a downhill point-to-point course held in beautiful Austin, Texas. The race starts in North Austin and ends near the historic Texas State Capitol building.

Interactive Course Map on Google Maps

Aid Stations: Will be stocked with water and Strawberry Lemonade nuun. There will also be restrooms with hand sanitizer stands.

Energy Zone: Located at Mile 7 GU will have an energy zone stocked with:

  • GU Gel Flavors: Salted Caramel (35 mg of caffeine) , Tri-Berry (35 mg of caffeine), Lemon Sublime (no caffeine)
  • Energy Chews Flavors: Strawberry Energy Chews & Watermelon Energy Chews (no caffeine). Get your on course nutrition planner from GU.

Athlete Tracking: Athlete tracking is live! We will update the database periodically between now and race day so if just registrated you might not show up right away.

Track in Web Browser | Tracking Mobile App

Transportation & Parking

Important: Due to the limitations of available buses and bus drivers caused by COVID-19, this year we are expecting longer than normal wait times for our shuttle bus service. Because of this, we are recommending that all participants arrange their own transportation to and from the start and finish lines.

As part of our mitigation plan set by Austin Public Health, Shuttle buses will be limited to participants only and masks will be required while riding.

There are no buses before the event starts. If you are staying downtown, it is best to take a rideshare service or a taxi to the race start.

When & Where: Bus pick up is located San Jacinto between 12th & 11th Street.

Buses will run from 8:45 – 12:45 p.m.

Start Line Parking

The start line is on Stonelake Blvd, south of Capital of Texas Hwy (Loop 36). Please plan to arrive by 6:00 a.m. or earlier to allow time for possible traffic congestion. We recommend that you park in the parking lots near Dave & Busters or Sam’s Club.

If you are getting dropped off at the race start, use one of the following addresses as your drop off point.

Parking is available at:
Dave & Buster’s (9333 Research Blvd)
Sam’s Club (9700 N. Capital of Texas Hwy)
Parking Garage (9509 Stonelake Blvd)

Please observe the following:
• Do not park in reserved spots (shops/restaurants) or fire zones.
• No parking in handicapped spots unless your vehicle is properly marked.
• Do not park in Gateway Shopping Center at all, they will tow your car!
• Observe all road closures and do not more barricades or cones.

Please, observe all other road signs and laws before choosing a parking spot.

Finish Line Parking

3M Half Marathon Finish Line Parking is available in the Capitol Complex Garage A, B, and F, between 13th and 17th Streets and San Jacinto and Trinity Streets. All garage access is on Trinity Street.  

If you are coming from MoPac, take Enfield exit, continue to 15th St, turn right on Guadalupe St, left on 11th St and left on Trinity St. If you are coming from IH35, take 12th St exit, head west on 12th St, turn right on Trinity St.

Please note the following: San Jacinto between 11th and 15th, E 14th St, E 13th St and E 12th west of Trinity St will be closed around the Capitol Complex. E 15th St will have limited access crossing San Jacinto

Special Offers

Best Pricing for 2023! We would love to see you again next year on January 22, 2023. This offer will only be available through Tuesday, January 25th so don’t miss out.

Looking for your next event? Use code 3MHalf2022 at any of the following events for $10 off registration. This code is good through January 31st.

  • February 20, 2022 – Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K
  • May 31, 2022 – Ascension Seton CapTex Tri presented by Life Time
  • September 24-25, 2022 – Kerrville Triathlon Festival

Other Commonly Asked Questions

What types of proof of vaccine or test is accepted?

  • All vaccines and tests are accepted, including at-home tests. You can provide a picture of either or a digital record of vaccination. Negative tests must be within 72 hours of Friday or Saturday if you pick up on Saturday.

What if I forget my vaccine card/negative test for packet pick up?

  • You will need to have someone send you a picture of your card or test. If this is not possible you will have to return at another time when you can show proof of negative test within 72 hours of the Friday or can bring your vaccine card.

Will I need to wear a mask while running?

  • No. Masks are only required indoors at the expo and while within the designated masks zones at the start and finish line.

Do the shuttle buses have open windows and can someone ride with me?

  • Shuttle buses are limited to participants only this year. We cannot control if the buses have open windows or not.

What does time trial start mean?

  • This means that participants will start in waves. You will be assigned a start time based on your bib number. Only bibs 1-500 will be starting at 7:30. Everyone else will start every 5 minutes with a rolling start. Meaning that if you are there and ready to run you can go ahead and start you do not need to wait for the exact minute of your starting time.

What if I am late and miss my start time?

  • Please try and start in your wave but if you happen to miss your 5-minute window, You can start anytime before the last wave. The start line will close 5 minutes after the last assigned wave time.

Can I change my start time?

  • We cannot change start times as they are part of the Austin Public Health Approved COVID-19 Mitigation Plan to reduce density. Please try and start in your wave but if you happen to miss your 5-minute window, you can start anytime before the last wave. The start line will close 5 minutes after the last assigned wave time.