30th Edition of 3M Half Marathon Set to Race Austin’s Streets This Weekend
January 18, 2024
Thousands will chase their 13.1-mile PR on one of the country’s fastest half marathon courses
AUSTIN, Texas, January 18, 2024 /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – High Five Events, a premier event production company in the United States, is putting the final touches on the 30th Annual 3M Half Marathon. With over 6,000 enthusiastic participants hailing from 46 states and 8 countries, this year’s edition promises to be a monumental celebration of running prowess. The much-anticipated event is scheduled to unfold on January 21, 2024, in the vibrant city of Austin, Texas.
Participants will receive special 30th-anniversary fully sublimated shirts and iconic swag bags filled with useful 3M products. The Expo & Packet Pick Up will serve as the prelude to the race, setting the stage for the exhilarating journey that lies ahead. All participants will pick up their packets at Palmer Events Center on Friday, January 19 from noon to 7PM and on Saturday from 10AM to 5PM.
The race commences on Sunday, January 21 at 7:30AM at Gateway Shopping Center in north Austin. Individual runners will traverse the renowned 13.1-mile course, featuring a 300ft net downhill route while the two-person relay will consist of each runner completing approximately half the distance. The scenic journey will meander through the picturesque Shoal Creek Blvd., the historic Hyde Park neighborhood, and the world-renowned University of Texas at Austin, culminating in a triumphant finish near the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin. All along the course runners will hear the sounds of 10 live local bands while staying hydrated with Nuun hydration and fueled by GU Energy Labs.
The 3M Half Marathon Finish Line Festival will be a jubilant celebration of the participants and their remarkable achievements. Those who hit their Personal Record have the opportunity to bang the PR Gong. Runners will receive their 30th Anniversary spinning finisher medal, enjoy post-race hydration from evamor, and relish a snack bag brimming with H-E-B products and a VERB Energy bar. Super Coffee will be on hand to fuel the positive energy, while those aged 21 and older can partake in the festivities at the EIGHT Beer Garden. Delectable offerings from various food trucks will cater to the culinary cravings of all attendees. The finish line festival promises to be a vibrant gathering of sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, and partners, united in applauding the triumphs of the dedicated runners.
Jack Murray, Co-Owner of High Five Events, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “We’re excited for the 30th Anniversary of 3M Half Marathon. We’ve added some exciting new elements for the race – a two person relay and an awesome new mascot named Blaze. We are looking forward to another great year!”
The 3M Half Marathon has been a staple in the Austin running scene since its inception, attracting runners from across the country to experience the unique course and vibrant atmosphere. Blaze, the new mascot, adds an extra layer of excitement to the 30th-anniversary edition, promising an unforgettable celebration for participants, volunteers, and spectators alike. For a full description of Blaze and his story, visit the website. Participants can register on the website.
About the 3M Half Marathon: The 3M Half Marathon, established in 1995, is one of Austin’s premier running events. With a reputation for its fast and picturesque course, the race attracts runners of all levels from around the world. Organized by High Five Events, the 3M Half Marathon is a celebration of athleticism, determination, and the vibrant running community in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit DownhillToDowntown.com.
About High Five Events: High Five Events is the parent company of the Austin Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k, 3M Half Marathon, CapTex Triathlon and Kerrville Triathlon Festival. With over 150 years of combined experience, the High Five Events team specializes in organizing large-scale events across diverse venues, solidifying their presence on the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies in 2019 and 2020.
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