We want you to join our volunteer team!

Volunteer at the 25th anniversary of the 3M Half Marathon presented by Under ArmourIndividuals, groups, and companies can be part of this beloved Austin event. The #3MHalfMarathon volunteer team helps others in the running community achieve their goals and dreams! Click To Tweet

There are several positions that are available to fit your schedule. You can provide a reassuring smile to runners at the expo on Friday and Saturday. Or you could assist on the course or at the finish line festival on Sunday. Some volunteers do both! There are even runners who volunteer at the expo and run on Sunday. So many options!

2019 3M Half Marathon volunteer team

Join the 2019 3M Half Marathon volunteer team today!

Make it fun! Volunteer with your family and friends, as well as with any other groups or organizations. Do you need to complete service hours? We got you! As a volunteer, you are assisting the staff in the production of a fun and safe event. You are also helping the participants reach their goals and have a great experience!

Don’t worry if you haven’t volunteered before. We will make sure that you know everything you need to know to have fun and succeed as a volunteer. We will also provide snacks during your shift. And to top it off, everyone on the volunteer team will receive an official Under Armour 25th Anniversary volunteer shirt. Don’t wait any longer, register NOW!

These downhill running tips can save your legs

It’s no secret, running on hills is beneficial. You strengthen your lower body and your cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Over time, running gets easier, allowing you to push your body further. You think hill workouts and your mind immediately goes to the uphill climb. But don’t forget, coming back downhill is just as important. Incorporate these downhill running tips to improve your form, become a better runner, and save your legs. With a ~300 ft. elevation drop from start to finish, this advice will benefit you at 3M Half Marathon.

Lean forward from your hips

Gravity naturally pulls you downhill (thanks Sir Isaac Newton!). Lean slightly forward from your hips, not your shoulders, to help maintain control of your body as you descend. If it helps, you can lean your shoulders back slightly, but not too much. This combination might feel awkward during your first couple of runs. Maintaining your center of gravity when running downhill will help avoid injuries and give your body a chance to recover from running uphill. Pro tip: engage your abs and glutes to provide extra control.

Use your arms for balance, not power

When running downhill, you don’t need the forward-back arm movement to generate power. That’s mainly used when running on flat ground and uphill. Take the above advice and partner it with your arms. As you descend, find the arm placement that best helps you maintain your balance. Your arms will naturally move back-and-forth, that’s okay. But remember that specific movement needs to focus on balance, not power.

Shorten your stride

As mentioned above, coming downhill doesn’t require as much power as going uphill. You need to alter your stride just like you altered how you use your body. Don’t overstride, you’ll overextend your body which forces you to lose control. Shorten your stride and keep your feet underneath you. You’ll feel like you should fly down the hill, but maintaining a controlled descent will benefit you during and after the race or workout.

Focus downhill

Focus beyond your feet. Continue to pay attention to your surroundings and the terrain, but don’t look at your feet. Doing so will disrupt your center of gravity and throw your stride out of sync. Adjusting your stride going downhill is designed to prevent injuries, maintain control, and allow for recovery. Looking at your feet leans your shoulders forward and disrupts your center of gravity. Then gravity takes over and you begin running faster, overextending your stride as you descend. Focus on what’s downhill and trust that your lower body will take care of you.

You’re a Captain, now grow your 3M Half Marathon team

Having a large team running at 3M Half Marathon presented by Under Armour is really fun! But motivating everyone to sign up on time can be challenging. Here are 4 tips to help you grow your 3M Half Marathon team and have everyone registered before the Tuesday, December 18th team deadline. This one’s on the house: remind them it’s our 25th anniversary!

1. Emails

Make matching shirts as a perk to grow your 3M Half Marathon team.The most important part of this is the -s. One email inviting everyone to the team is not enough. You may feel pushy but trust us, you’re not. Reminding people of the deadline and perks is important. We suggest at least 3 emails between now and the team deadline to remind everyone if you want to grow your 3M Half Marathon team.

2. Challenge others

Nothing gets the competitive juices flowing more than an accepted challenge. You can challenge the group to all run PRs or see who can raise the most funds for a nonprofit, like the 2019 3M Half Marathon beneficiary, Austin Youth River Watch. You could even have weekly challenges to keep everyone motivated and following their training plan. The possibilities are endless! If you can think of it, you can make it happen.

3. Add perks

Some need a little something extra. If you are able, you may want to offer something special to everyone who joins the team before a certain date. This can be something like having their name on their shirt, if you are doing a group shirt, or maybe a hat, jacket, or special pin. Make your group members feel important by making the group that much more exclusive! Pro tip: perks can act as recruiting tools that can help you grow your 3M Half Marathon team!

4. Share it on social media

If you are a public team, share it everywhere. 🙂 A great way to do this is a Facebook Event where the event date is the team registration deadline. You can then invite all your friends and then ask them to invite everyone they know who might be interested. In no time you may find yourself with 100s of people who are interested in joining your team. Post in the event or private message these people to make sure they are reminded of the deadline. You can also use this opportunity to stay connected, talk about training, provide updates, and recognize team members with shoutouts. The possibilities are endless!

The 2019 3M Half Marathon Finisher Medal

We are proud to reveal our 25th Anniversary Finisher Medal. This awesome piece of race history can be yours when you cross the finish on January 20, 2019!

Don’t forget to pre-order your personalized nameplate with your finishing time.

You can purchase your nameplate by logging in and then selecting the Shop next to your registration.

Start building your 3M Half Marathon team today

There’s no better way to kick off the new year than by running the 3M Half Marathon presented by Under Armour as a team. Creating a 3M Half Marathon team is perfect for companies, groups, friends, and family. With race day a few months away, it’s time to start thinking (if you haven’t already) about who you want running by your side. What people do you want pushing you when you think you can’t go anymore? Here are 4 reasons why you should run with a team on January 20th:

Build your 3M Half Marathon team and make matching shirts!

Build your 3M Half Marathon team and make matching shirts!

  1.    Built-in training partners
  • Running with people who are working towards the same goal just makes sense. Training with partners is a great way to keep each other on track and hold one another accountable. Plus, you can design sweet team shirts for race day!
  1.   3M Half Marathon team packet pick up
  • Would you rather have one team member pick up everyone’s packet or have the whole team go as a group to soak up the energy of the expo? One good thing about building a 3M Half Marathon team is that you can choose. Love having options!
  1. Finish line party with your 3M Half Marathon team
  • Parties are awesome, but parties are better with people you know. Finish the 3M Half Marathon, kick back with your team at the beer garden, and celebrate your accomplishments at the 3M Half Marathon finish line festival.
  1. Trash talking
  • Who doesn’t like some good ol’ fashioned trash talk? Nothing fuels the competitive juices better than wanting to prove someone wrong!

After reading these reasons, why wouldn’t you get a team together? If you realize that you really want to run with a team but haven’t started making one, don’t worry, 3M Half Marathon team registration doesn’t close until Tuesday, December 18th. Get started today!

Check out the benefits of running headgear and scoop up our recommendations

Runners tend to obsess about running shoes and clothing. Are the shoes comfortable? Do they fit my style of running? Will my clothing wick sweat effectively? Does this outfit make me look good? Don’t overlook running headgear! Putting a lid on your top for your next run will have benefits that are similar to your running shoes and clothing. Check out this list of running headgear benefits and see our recommendations. Get the one that best fits your needs and take off!

There are many benefits provided by running headegear.

We recommend the UA Launch ArmourVent Cap to wick sweat and keep you cool.

Keeps your dome cool or warm

Depending on your location and environment, you’ll want to keep your head cool if it’s hot and warm if it’s cold. Wearing a running hat in warmer temperatures wicks sweat from your head keeping you cool through evaporating sweat. It also helps keep sweat out of your eyes. A hat like Under Armour’s Launch ArmourVent Cap keeps your head cooler with its breathability. In cooler temps, you’ll want to maintain breathability while not allowing all of the heat from your head to escape. The ability to wick sweat away from your head and dry quickly is important, especially if you’re running in much colder temperatures for longer distances. The UA Vented Run Beanie provides exactly what you need. The material is light and keeps your head warm, it wicks sweat and dries quickly, and the mesh insets allow for ventilation.

Controls your hair

If you run with long hair you know the importance of taming your lovely locks. You want the same benefits listed in Reason #1, but you want to keep your hair from flying everywhere and sticking to your neck and/or back. Men’s and women’s running headgear can get the job done. We recommend the UA Fly-By Cap. It’ll keep you cool while extending your ponytail further from your neck and/or back. This allows those areas to ventilate better and allow your hair to dry quicker.

Protects from the elements

Running headgear will protect your face from the elements, just like sunglasses. A low profile cap like the UA Microthread Run Crew Cap will help keep debris out of your eyes, especially rain. It will also keep the sun off your head and your face. Running headgear can also protect from wind and dust, especially on those early morning long runs when everyone is out mowing their lawn. Protection from the elements includes people! If you don’t want to be bothered on a run, wearing a hat can help conceal your identity. This allows you to focus more in your stride, breathing, and rhythm.

Look good

Who doesn’t want to look good when running?! Some say looking good it half the battle. It’s an accessory, so have fun with it! Get bright colors or radical designs. You’ll feel more confident during your workout. You’ll worry less about your external conditions because you have protection, allowing you to focus on the task at hand. Add in the fact that most running headgear has reflective properties. This is one more layer of visibility to keep you safe on those early morning or late evening runs.

There are so many amazing Austin coffee shops, here are our favorites

Did you know that coffee is the second most traded commodity on Earth? It has also been known to help runners “get ready” to run. We need to give a little mention to the suppliers of our favourite coffee shops. Without companies like Iron and Fire (in the UK) and suppliers around the world, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy our daily cups of coffee. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t even be writing this post! Whether you live, I’m sure you’ll be able to name a few of your favourite coffee shops, just like I have done below.

Coffee fuels late nights and early mornings around the world. Austin is no different. There are numerous Austin coffee shops that brew the wonderful bean. From hot coffee to iced, straight black to heavy cream, you can get that needed extra kick just about any time of day. You’re in town to PR at 3M Half Marathon or searching for a new coffee shop, we got you. The crew at High Five Events lets you in on their favorite Austin coffee shops.

JoeyThunderbird at 2222

LauraSummermoon on South 1st (that Moon Milk though!)

John – whichever one is closest when I want coffee

EmilyGenuine Joe

TinaCosmic Coffee (the atmosphere is perfect)

WilliamSpokesman (love the artwork inside)

ScottCuvee Coffee and Coffeebean

DanJo’s Coffee on South Congress (before the crowds arrive)

Jo's Coffee is made our list of amazing Austin coffee shops.

“i love you so much” mural outside Jo’s Coffee.

Eloy Ojeda and his energy radiate on race day

Eloy Ojeda at the 2018 3M Half Marathon.

Eloy’s ready for runners at the finish line of the 2018 3M Half Marathon.

Eloy Ojeda is the winner of the latest Nomination Contest. He was nominated because of all the help he provided at packet pickup and on race day at the 2018 3M Half Marathon. At the expo, he kept participants flowing through packet pickup after they scooped up their bib. On race day, Eloy helped stock the finish line with medals and gave them to deserving runners after their achievement. He also played an integral volunteer role at the 2017 3M Half Marathon!

Eloy’s volunteer experience spans events of all types, including many produced by High Five Events. He has a great attitude and is always smiling. His experience and personality make him a good leader for other volunteers. He answers their questions and makes sure they have what they need to be successful. We truly appreciate Eloy. We’re grateful for everything he does to help us produce fun, safe, and successful events!

The High Five Events’ “Nomination Contest” features volunteers who go above and beyond at one of our events. These phenomenal volunteers help us produce successful, safe, and fun events for athletes, volunteers, and staff. Know an outstanding volunteer? Fill out this short form and nominate them today!

Agreement with Under Armour marks second year of supporting participants in their quest to PR

Under Armour, Inc. returns as the presenting sponsor of the 3M Half Marathon. The second-year partnership will highlight Under Armour’s support of the running community. It will also push runners to chase their personal edge on one of the country’s fastest half marathon courses.

“At Under Armour, there’s nothing we support more than helping athletes achieve their personal best. Our brand’s mission is to make athletes better and engineer the gear that helps them do just that,” said Josh Rattet, General Manager of Under Armour Run. “For this reason, we’re especially proud to support the 3M Half Marathon and runners from all over the world who will be chasing their PR this January.”

Under Armour will outfit participants and race volunteers with their HeatGear® running shirts. Additionally, Under Armour will outfit the 3M Half Marathon pace team with race kits. Pacers will lead runners to PRs in the newly-designed UA HOVR performance running footwear. Under Armour’s support will be felt by runners on race day in their quest to set a personal best.

“Under Armour’s mission to push runners to chase their personal best directly aligns with participants’ goals of setting a PR at 3M Half Marathon,” said Jack Murray, co-owner of High Five Events. “Continuing our partnership will allow for more creative pre-race and race-day engagement opportunities.”

The 3M Half Marathon boasts one of the fastest 13.1-mile courses in the country. The standalone half marathon will celebrate its 25th year running on January 20, 2019. Runners will enjoy a point-to-point course with mostly downhill running that showcases some of Austin’s finest locations. Starting in north Austin and finishing near the Texas State Capitol, runners will appreciate a 300+’ net elevation drop. Registration is currently open.