Texas > Alamo 13.1 Half Marathon & Relay
San Antonio, TX • Sunday, March 23, 2014 • Course Map
From the boom of the cannon that starts runners off from the site where Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, William Travis and roughly 200 Texians held off General Santa Anna and his more than 1,000 troops for some 13 days back in 1836, runners will head off on an out-and-back course that takes them through a number of this city's best-known historic and cultural sights and brings them back to where it all began for a post-race party at the Alamo.
The race is set for its 3rd annual running this spring in San Antonio, which lies just south of the region known as the Texas Hill Country, where legendary Texans from former president Lyndon Johnson to actor Tommy Lee Jones and singer Willie Nelson have called home at one time or another. The region's unique and varied landscape -- with some areas characterized by sandy topsoil, yucca, cactus and Texas live oak, while others boast wide, green grassy meadows and tree-covered hills -- stand in contrast with much of the state's flatter terrain.
Runners will get to see much of the San Antonio visitors come here to experience along the race route, which starts and finishes at the Alamo and heads north from there, taking runners first through downtown. They'll run past the city's famed Majestic Theater, built in 1929 and inspired by the architecture of the Spanish Mission and Baroque styles, the onetime movie house today is home to traveling Broadway productions as well as the San Antonio Symphony.
Heading further north, the course takes runners along Avenue B, Jones Avenue and then back onto Avenue B for the next few miles, on the way up to Brackenridge Park. Runners enter the 343-acre park near its northeastern corner, and make their way along its park roads and jogging trails, past the San Antonio Zoo that lies within the park as well as the 18-hole golf course at its southern end, which runners will run past twice along Avenue B.
After they make their way back toward the McAllister Freeway, the course then heads under the freeway and along the river back toward downtown before turning right onto West Josephine, for a stretch that takes runners first west and then north toward Trinity University. Once runners make it to the edge of campus, they'll run about two miles through campus, passing by Alamo Stadium, Laurie Auditorium and Trinty's track and field and baseball stadium complexes -- and encounter the hilliest stretch of the race on the two miles through campus.
Once they make their way back to the south edge of campus and head onto Kings Court, runners spend the next mile and a half making their way down to the San Antonio River, where they'll turn right and head onto the city's famed RiverWalk, which stretches 8 miles along the river through the city and is projected to expand to some 15 miles by 2013, connecting shops, restaurants, parks and museums along the river with a walkable (and/or bike-able) corridor on paved pathways.
The final mile takes runners off the RiverWalk at Lexington Avenue and brings them along city streets back to the Alamo, passing by Travis Park before turning left on Houston Street to the Alamo and the race finish line.
More than 1,400 runners crossed the finish line in the individual half marathon, in addition to just over 120 two-person relay teams.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just south of the Texas Hill Country in southern Texas, about 80 miles southwest of Austin and roughly 280 miles southwest of Dallas, San Antonio typically sees March temperatures that average between 50°F and 74°F, while rainfall totals average just under 1.9 inches for the month, making March one of the city's drier months of the year.
On the day of the race (March 23), the average low is 52°F and the average high is 76°F.
See the race route map for the Alamo 13.1 Half Marathon
$85 for the half marathon, if registered by September 30, 2013
$95 between October 1 - December 31
$105 between January 1 - March 16, 2014
* Discounts available for military and first responders - see race website for more info
To reserve your spot in the late winter/early spring 2014 running of San Antonio's Alamo 13.1 Half Marathon or Relay race, register online at Active.com.
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