Join us on Sunday, January 17th, as a parade of participants take to the scenic streets of Austin to run “the fast half.” One of Austin’s largest road races, the 3M Half Marathon presented by Under Armour showcases some of the greatest sites this city has to offer. It also captures the vibrant energy that invigorates runners and spectators alike. While 7,500+ participants will hit the ground running that morning, thousands more will be spectating, cheering, and encouraging those runners, giving off the ecstatic energy of a 13.1-mile parade.
If you’re a runner, get your friends and family to come out to support you and the other runners who are in this with you. If you’re an Austinite, this is your opportunity to showcase the best city in America! This race draws runners from across the country who have come to see what Austin is all about – the iconic sites, the delicious food, and the great community that brings out the best (and the fastest!) in people.
While we want spectators throughout the course, we’ve located some of the best “cheer points” for you. With planning, you can easily hit multiple points in the course of the race. If you want to catch a runner at different points on the course or find out their projected pace, consult the maps and street closure information and make a plan.
The (First) Downhill Stretch | Miles 4-8
As the runners find their stride in the first few miles, the Shoal Creek and Allandale neighborhoods are a perfect place to stake out and watch as runners get into their grooves. CLIF Bar will have a CLIF Shot Energy Zone set up along Great Northern Blvd. at Hunt Trail, near Mile 7. Plenty of parking on neighborhood streets make it easy to get in and out. Cheer runners on at the halfway point – encourage them that it’s (almost) all downhill from there!
On Cruise Control along 45th | Miles 9-10
The 45th Street stretch is a great place to catch the runners as they make their way into the final third leg of the race. Parking is available along the side streets of the Rosedale neighborhoods.
Fuel: Stinson’s Bistro, Upper Crust Bakery (Burnet at 45th Street), Starbucks (4400 N. Lamar)
Red River | Mile 11
Run through the UT campus with the views of the UT tower and DKR stadium.
Fast Finish | Mile 13.1
Finally, of course, once you’ve shared the love out on the race route, it’s worth coming down to the finish area on San Jacinto, just east of the Capitol. There’s live music, awesome local food trucks and, of course, the finish itself. Cheer for runners as they cross the finish line. They will love to see you there!