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‘Will run for pie’ at Hill Country Marathon on Oct. 19

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Pie, at the finish line?

That’s bound to lure lots of runners to this year’s Hill Country Marathon, set for Oct. 19 in Marble Falls. Besides pie, expect a rolling course with some challenging climbs.

I heard lots of good reports after last year’s inaugural Hill Country Marathon, which attracted about 500 runners. Organizers say they expect to double participation at this year’s event, which includes a half marathon, 10K and Kids K.

The marathon follows an out-and-back course on paved roads, starting and finishing at Marble Falls High School Mustang Stadium. (Trivia: Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano attended Marble Falls High School.)

The course is USA Track & Field certified and a Boston Marathon qualifier.Besides the race, the event includes live music and food from local restaurants – including that coveted slice of pie from Blue Bonnet Cafe for runners. A kids’ mile race is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, just after packet pickup.

Registration is $100 for the marathon, $80 for the half marathon and $60 for the 10K. (Prices increase Oct. 12.) To register, go here.

A portion of proceeds from the marathon will benefit Team Red, White and Blue, a non-profit organization that works to connect veterans to their community through social and physical activity. For more information go here.

Check out a course preview video here.