Running the Austin Marathon or Half Marathon presented by Freescale this Sunday?
Some last minute notes …Packet pickup is from 2-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the race expo at Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road. (Bring $7 if you plan to park there.) There is no race day packet pickup. Bands will perform live at the expo on Friday; speakers are scheduled for Saturday.
Got the jitters? Head to the Stevie Ray Vaughn statue at Auditorium Shores for a pre-race shakeout run with Bart Yasso, chief running officer for Runner’s World Magazine, and Bobby Overton of SPIbelt, at 9 a.m. Saturday.Race director John Conley will go over the marathon and half marathon courses in detail at 11 a.m. Saturday at the expo.Meet the pacers that can help you reach your marathon goal at noon Saturday at the expo.Learn how to check your physiologic state during the race at 1 p.m. at the expo. Hang out with Bart Yasso, the chief running officer for Runner’s World Magazine, at 2 p.m Saturday at the expo.Miguel Blancarte Jr. went from 344-pound couch potato to 164-pound ultra marathoner. He shares his story at 3 p.m. at the Expo.Austin’s own Dick Beardsley, who raced the famous Duel in the Sun at the 1982 Boston Marathon, speaks at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Expo.Gear check opens at 5:30 a.m. Sunday at Congress Avenue at Sixth Street.The marathon and half marathon start simultaneously at 7 a.m. Sunday at Congress Avenue at Second Street. (The Paramount Break-a-Leg 5K starts at 7 a.m. just up Congress Avenue at 11th Street.The start-line chute will be divided into per-mile pace times. Please line up with the appropriate group to help the race move smoothly.Runners who don’t reach mile 10.8 by 10:15 a.m. will be rerouted to the half marathon course.The half marathon finish line will close at 11 a.m. The marathon finish line will close at 2 p.m.Want to track a runner on the course? Go here.The latest weather forecast shows partly cloudy skies with a low of 49 and high of 69 for marathon day this Sunday. That’s a tad warm, perhaps, but pretty darn good. (Remember the icy streets and stampeding deer of 2006, anyone?)Still waffling? Online is open here. Cost is $140 for the full marathon or $120 for the half.