Join us on Sunday, January 21 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 showcases some of the greatest sites this city has to offer as well as captures the vibrant energy that invigorates runners and spectators alike. While 7,000 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)
Down Duval | Mile 11
The last of Austin’s quintessentially “weird” neighborhoods toured in the course, Hyde Park offers plenty of refuel options (more for the spectator!) and spots to cheer on the runners. Park along any of the side streets off the course.
Fuel: Hyde Park Grill, Dolce Vita, Quack’s Bakery, Mother’s Cafe (Duval at 43rd Street), Double Dave’s & Posse East (Duval & San Jacinto)
Entering Longhorn Territory | Mile 12
In the final stretch, the runners will be pushing hard on that final downhill stretch down San Jacinto through the picturesque University of Texas Campus. Join the band outside of the Darrel K. Royal stadium to cheer on the runners louder than any longhorn football game. Please follow any parking regulations as posted on the UT Campus; parking off Red River may be the most convenient for this location.
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, where you can see the runners cross across the finish line. They will love to see you there!