The scenic, historic streets of San Antonio are set to play host in early 2015 to the 3rd annual running of the Cocoa Women’s Half Marathon, a race that’s organized by the same group that puts together the late March running of the Alamo 13.1 Half Marathon, which also is run through the “River City.”
The race is designed for women runners of all ages and abilities — mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, aunts and grandmothers. The marketing tagline for the race is “where the bitter meets the sweet,” and organizers say that the chocolate-themed event should offer plenty of sweets out for runners on the course.
Runners will follow an out-and-back route for the half marathon, which (like the 5K and the one-mile fun run) will start and finish near Hemisfair Park and the Henry Gonzales Convention Center, between Villita Street and Nueva Street, just blocks from the city’s famed RiverWalk. More than 850 runners crossed the finish line in both races combined in 2013, including just over 620 runners in the half marathon.
From there, the course unfolds first along several twists and turns through downtown, taking runners past historic spots like Main Plaza and La Villita, the heart of San Antonio’s arts and cultural district. The course takes runners across bridges over the San Antonio River several times during the race, twice within the first mile.
The next few miles take runners through Hemisfair Park, which was built to host the 1968 World’s Fair and today is home to the city’s Institute of Texan Cultures as well as the Instituto Cultural Mexicano. The middle miles of the race unfold largely along the banks of the river, along both paved and dirt trails, and take runners south all the way down to Concepcion Park, where they’ll make the turn just after the mid-way point of the race around the southern end of the park.
THe race contains a few minor hills but overall is mostly flat and fast, as much of it unfolds along the river. After passing the mile 8 marker, runners return to the river banks and stay on the trail for the next few miles, all the way back into downtown — and crossing the river four times on the way back — until they reach the finish line back near the park where they started.
Race Climate & Weather
Nestled in the hill country of southern Texas, just over 80 miles southwest of Austin and roughly 200 miles west of Houston, San Antonio typically sees January temperatures that average between 41°F and 63°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 1.7 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Jan. 18), the average low is 41°F and the average high is 63°F.
- 8:00 AM – half marathon, 5K
- 8:05 AM – Girls Fun Run
- $65 for the half marathon, if registered by April 30, 2014
- $85 between May 1 – August 31
- $95 between September 1 – November 30
- $105 between December 1 – January 13
- $120 at the race expo
To reserve your spot in the late January 2015 running of San Antonio’s Cocoa Women’s Half Marathon, Wild Woman 5K or Relay race, register online at Active.com by clicking here.