With running a half marathon, your brain has enough to think about. Make your race weekend a breeze by being familiar with road closures and traffic that may affect family and friends that are coming to see you race, and the best way to navigate parking, getting to and from the expo, and transportation from the finish line back to the start line.
3M Half Marathon is a 13.1-mile point to point race in Austin, Texas. While the race is ongoing, local roads will be affected by the race route and are subject to closure. Plan your route by referencing the list of local roads that will be impacted, found here. If you have any questions about closures or navigation please email us at info@3MHalf.com and we are happy to help.
Make your race morning easy! Park your car at the start line and use the provided buses at the finish line to travel back after you are done running. Buses will begin returning runners to the start line at 8:45 a.m. While enjoying the finish line festival, if you plan on taking the bus back to the start don’t miss the final bus departing 11:45 a.m. Make note, the buses will be located at the corner of San Jacinto and 12th St.
There are no buses before the event starts. If you are staying downtown, it is best to take a rideshare or a taxi to the race start. Use one of the listed parking addresses listed below as a drop off location.
Getting to the Austin Convention Center:
There are lots of people coming to the expo, as a result, be prepared for increased traffic and limited parking. Pro-Tip: Unless you have to, skip the first hour of packet pick up. This time has the longest waiting time.
The Austin Convention Center has two Parking Garages: The 2nd Street Garage located at 201 East 2nd Street and the 5th Street Garage located at 601 E. 5th Street. Parking prices vary depending on how long you remain parked at the garage. See here for more details.
We encourage you to carpool or to ride your bike. You can find 124 bicycle racks around the exterior of the Austin Convention Center building. Most racks are located along 4th Street, between Red River and Trinity.
There is a Capital MetroRail stop right outside the Austin Convention Center at 401 East 4th Street.
For the most current information on schedules and fares, please visit the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Capital Metro) website.
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.
Please note: If approaching the start area from Mopac, all three southbound lanes of the feeder road lead to parking. The right-hand lane goes to the Qualcomm garage. The outside lanes go to Dave & Buster’s.
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 garages access are 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