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Gear up for the Formula Run

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 4, 2013

Just before the Circuit of the Americas hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix last year, I tore around the track under the power of my own two feet.

I didn’t quite hit the nearly 200 mph that the cars reach on that back stretch, but it sure was cool chugging up that first big hill and twisting through the 20 turns on the 3.4-mile track.

For the second time, the track will host a human-powered race a few weeks before the big Formula 1 motor event.

The 2013 Formula Run kicks off at 9 a.m. Nov. 1. A half-mile Formula One Kid’s Dash will follow starting at 10 a.m., with staggered starts for various age groups.

Hopefully this year we’ll get crisper weather. Thick fog blanketed the track in 2012 as we ran past the grandstands, the big tower and the amphitheater. And the humidity! I felt like a car running out of gas as I sputtered across the finish line.

This event is stroller friendly and open to walkers and runners of all fitness levels. (Children in strollers don’t even have to be registered.) Each registered runner gets a free spectator pass that allows one person into the complex.

Entry fee is $50 per person or $150 for a family of four. Entry fee for the Kid’s Dash, for ages 12 and under, is $15. To register, go to

Speed record, anyone?