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Check out the 2020 finisher medal you’ll earn

Meet the 2020 finisher medal that you’ll receive at the 3M Half Marathon presented by Under Armour. You’ll train for months and run hundreds of miles. This could be your first half marathon or your tenth. You might chase your PR or make a comeback from an injury. Above all, you’ll run the streets of Austin on January 19, 2020, with thousands of your newest running friends. After that, you’ll all earn this sweet, commemorative, spinner finisher medal!

Visit us on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what number 3M Half Marathon finisher medal this will be for you!

Don’t cancel your run because of the weather, run in the rain

There’s a rainstorm rolling into town just as you’re getting ready for your run. Don’t contemplate what you should do, run in the rain! Unless it’s a dangerous thunderstorm with lightning, you should continue with your plans. Make some adjustments to your route if needed, grab a rain jacket, and get ready to run in the rain! Need more of a nudge? Read the five reasons why you should run in the rain below!

Puddles on a trail. You could have the trail to yourself when you run in the rain.

Running in the rain could mean you have the trail to yourself!

Have fun

Remember when you were a kid and you always wanted to play in the rain? Well, this is the same! Running in the rain is fun. It’s different and something we don’t get to do every day. Your feet will get drenched so you might as well jump in the first few puddles you see. And then every puddle after that!

Build mental toughness

Running in the rain is fun, but it can be a challenge too. You might need to find a different route or adjust the type of run during your workout. Your clothes get soaked and are heavier. There might be chaffing. Once your socks and shoes are drenched they become heavier too. Your pace might be slower when running in the rain, but that’s to be expected with all the changes, puddle-jumping, and extra weight. It’ll make you tougher and more prepared for your next run.

Could have the trail or your route to yourself

Remember those busy days on the trail where it’s congested, you have to dodge people, and play chicken with cyclists because they’re trying to make a quick move? If you run in the rain you could have the trail all to yourself! Does your favorite route run against traffic? Just think, wide-open spaces on your favorite route. Less traffic, fewer people, more room for you to crush those miles!

Rain won’t hurt you

You might be sweet, but you’re not made of sugar and you won’t melt! You’ll be good to go as long as it’s a rainstorm with no lightning. Check the weather before you take off. Once it looks good, throw on your rain jacket and running hat and take off. 

Prepare for all conditions

You run hundreds of miles in preparation of race day. When you have the chance, you should prepare for all weather conditions on race day too. That’s why running in the rain is important, it will help you prepare for your race. You’ll be better off if you complete a long run or two in the rain. Learn what rain jacket you prefer, how wet clothes feel, what hat works best, what shoes give you the best traction, etc.

Don’t cancel your run just because it’s raining. There are too many benefits, from jumping in puddles to preparing for race day. Lace up your shoes, grab your rain jacket, and head out the door! Is there a reason why you run in the rain that we didn’t mention? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Take a few minutes to meet the 2020 3M Half Ambassadors

Meet the 2020 3M Half Marathon Ambassadors, follow them on social media, and say hey to them in-person at expos and on January 19, 2020! This group loves the 3M Half Marathon, but they love running even more! Learn a little about the 3M Half Marathon Ambassadors and how running impacts their lives. They share their Ambassador codes often, so make sure you follow them on social media for a discount on the 2020 3M Half Marathon presented by Under Armour.

Agatha Kerr, 2020 3M Half Ambassador, takes a selfie during a trail run.Agatha Kerr

Agatha works full time as the Project & Process Manager at her church. She’s a single mom of two lovely daughters (ages 7 and 16) and is an ultrarunner. Her distance PR is 152 miles! She’s self-admittedly not fast, but has the courage to endure. She runs when her schedule allows because running is her release. It’s her quiet time and how she’s met some of her closest friends. She applied to be a 3M Half Marathon Ambassador because she loves the course and the people, not to mention the great medals and swag!

Airon Andrews, 2020 3M Half Ambassador, poses for the camera.Airon Andrews

Airon is a native Austinite and avid endurance athlete. She’s a Program Analyst and also a Run Lead at Lifetime South Austin. She participates in various running, biking, and triathlon events. She enjoys running on the Hike and Bike trail in Austin. Airon is proud to be an ambassador to promote the 3M Half Marathon organized by High Five Events. Follow her on Instagram.

Ashley Rollins, 2020 3M Half Ambassador, smiles for the camera.Ashley Rollins

Ashley is a running coach with Rogue Running in Austin. Her running journey started as a way to relieve stress in college and accelerated when she moved to Austin in 2010. When she’s not found running the local streets, she’s the editor-in-chief of her healthy lifestyle blog, Swift. She’s excited to be a 2020 3M Half Ambassador and spread the Downhill to Downtown love! Follow her on Instagram.

Barbara Bussey, 2020 3M Half Ambassador, poses for the camera.Barbara Bussey

Barbara began her running career just trying to get an “A” in her PE class in nursing school. Luckily for her, the exercise stuck (and yes, she got the “A”).  That was back in 2000. Since then, she has run 12-15 half marathons, more 5Ks and 10Ks than she can count, and this September, she will complete her second 70.3 triathlon at Kerrville Triathlon Festival. Running feels like freedom to her. Freedom from worries, freedom to truly enjoy the outdoors, freedom to challenge herself to be better. Running has also brought her closer to her daughter, who seems to have caught the same bug her mother did all those years ago. Now they challenge each other to reach greater achievements than they thought possible.

Brittany Bussey, 2020 3M Half Ambassador, poses with giant 2019 3M Half Marathon medal.Brittany Bussey

Brittany is 25 and began running at the end of 2013 to live a healthier lifestyle and to lose weight. She ran her first half marathon by 2015. Starting off 2017 with a bang, Brittany and her mother ran their first marathon. Three short years later, they will run the 3M Half Marathon half for the second year in a row and enjoying the time they spend together. Her favorite part of running is being able to enjoy the journey with her mom. She is her rock and inspires her to be a better person. Follow Brittany on Instagram.

Katrina Green poses in her 2020 3M Half Ambassador shirt.Katrina Green

Katrina loves being active. Her favorite thing to do is to combine vacations with running race events and enjoying the outdoors. Because of this, she started working towards a goal to complete a marathon in all 50 states. She has completed six states so far with #7 coming this fall. She has participated in the 3M Half Marathon three years in a row and continues to tell everyone that it’s her favorite half marathon (maybe even favorite race as it’s one of the few races she’s repeated). Follow her on Instagram.

Lauren Dehdari, 2020 3M Half Ambassador, poses at the 2019 3M Half Marathon finish line.Lauren Dehdari

Lauren lives in Plano with her wife and their dog, Penny. She works as a Medical Librarian at a hospital in Dallas. She came to love running in high school on the cross country and track team and have been on the move ever since! With more than 25 half marathons and 5 full marathons under her belt, her love for the sport continues to grow with each race start line she crosses. She is honored to represent the 3M Half Marathon again in 2020 and run the streets of Austin! Follow Lauren on Instagram.

Liubov Lomonosova, 2020 3M Half Ambassador, crosses the 2019 3M Half Marathon finish line with excitement.Liubov Lomonosova

Liubov is originally from Ukraine. She moved to Austin in 2014. When she came to the US she was not a runner nor an active person. In 2015, she began her transformation journey by running just 20 minutes a day, 3 times a week. She lost 50 pounds! Eventually, she became a run addict and her favorite distance is the marathon. Running has changed her lifestyle and mindset and made her a better person. She wants to inspire people by showing how she became healthier and happier. Follow her on Instagram.

Rachel Meador, 2020 3M Half Ambassador, smiles for the camera.Rachel Meador

Rachel is like most runners: she loves running, she hates running, she loves running, she hates running! A self-described fitness freak, taco connoisseur, and coffee lover, being a 3M Half Marathon Ambassador makes her complete! Her running journey has allowed her to run for those who can’t. She wears bibs for fallen soldiers, those challenged with health issues, and those in memoriam. Follow her on Instagram.

Sara Ferniza, 2020 3M Half Ambassador, smiles for the camera.Sara Ferniza

Sara discovered her passion for running more than 20 years ago while living in her hometown of Chicago. She has run 50 marathons. Sara moved to Austin 10 years ago and loves the amazing Austin running community. She had a brain tumor removed in 2015. Thankfully the tumor was benign, but she had a long road of recovery ahead of her. She ran her first 50K ultra race seven months after brain surgery. She is the Director of Volunteer Services for the Austin Runners Club, a local nonprofit organization. Volunteering and working with visually impaired and disabled athletes has been a very rewarding experience for her. Follow her on Instagram.

Scott Firth, 2020 3M Half Ambassador, runs the 2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon.Scott Firth

Scott is 63 years old and has been running off and on for more than 30 years. He mostly ran shorter distances and completed his first half marathon, the 2016 3M Half Marathon. Scott lives in Georgetown and volunteers with the Georgetown Running Club. Scott said the great thing about 3M Half is the significant net downhill, making it the perfect half marathon for someone running their first 13.1 miles. Follow him on Instagram.